Stupid people electing stupid people: Thank God New Times has the guts to tell the truth about the illegal-immigration situation. Michael Lacey's assessment of what's happening was pitch-perfect.
But you guys at New Times shouldn't think you're convincing the majority of the public in Arizona that you're right. This place is so bloated with rednecks — who refuse to listen to an iota of reasoned thought on what to do about immigration — that all you're really doing is pissing them off.
Every article like this just galvanizes these racist kooks, makes them firmer in their belief that if Mexicans can't be run out of the country, they should be lined up and shot. I may be a fourth-generation U.S. citizen, but it's become clear to me over the last few years that people who look like me are the new N-words in this country. I get racially profiled — though maybe not by cops — every day.
It's sad that stupid people vote in stupid people to run this state. Look at Governor Jan Brewer, [Senate Bill 1070 author and state Senator] Russell Pearce, even [U.S. Senator] Jon Kyl! All of them are such liars and bigots. I have no hope that anything will ever change for the better here.
Albert Nevarez, Yuma
Doing our part: Thanks for the righteous "Get Out" article. You guys are adding sanity in this insane place. Wish the rest of the press in Arizona would follow suit.
Michael Gorman, Tucson
Okay, so you're a law-abiding cracker: I have to disagree with your assessment of SB 1070 and of our past immigrants.
In the early 1800s, and again a hundred years later, immigrants came to become Americans and become part of the American culture. They left families behind in search of work and freedom. Then, when able, they paid for their families to follow and become American citizens.
No matter where they came from, their first priority was to learn English and learn American customs and ways. They did this so they could get work and fit in.
Sure, you can dig up anything from the past or present and color it the way you want. SB 1070 is against any illegal in Arizona, not just the Mexicans, as you depicted. But as it happens, the majority here illegally are from Mexico and other Central and South American countries.
I am against illegal immigration, but not against legal immigration. Did you even try to find legal (Mexican-heritage) immigrants who agree with SB 1070, or do you think all Mexicans are against the bill? Your words are hollow and below the belt.
Furthermore, I resent being labeled a hillbilly/cracker. I follow the law.
Dan Bjerke, address unavailable
Bzzt! You guessed wrong: So let me guess . . . the illegals want to run free with no kind of proof of legal status in the United States so that when they commit crimes, get behind the wheel and kill someone drunk driving, then they can just flee the states and get away with it.
I'm from Nicaragua, and if I wanted to remain in this country, I had to do the right thing and get legal. What's fair is fair. Obey the law.
Hector Mendoza, address unavailable
Only citizens deserve social services: You can't have open borders and provide a bunch of taxpayer-funded social services.
If you want open borders so that anyone from another country can come here, work, and take care of their families, then you need to give up your free education, welfare, and other social services. If everyone pays for the resources that they use, then there's no reason why people can't come here to work.
If you do want taxpayer-funded social services and universal healthcare and all the other things that Democrats seem to favor, then we need to protect our borders and make sure that people aren't here illegally.
Keep in mind that Arizona's law mirrored the federal government's, and that is why a judge shot down most of it. It had nothing to do with racism or racial profiling.
Isaac Ortega, address unavailable
That's all we're saying: I feel for people like the gentleman [Daniel Magos] in this story. What happened to him should not have happened, and racial profiling is bad no matter whom it is done to.
Oh, Jason, why do you hate babies?: It's not [the] color of your skin; it is the law. I am sad that Mexico does not treat its own people well. That they have to come here to live a better life. What really makes me mad is that, when they get here, they start popping out kids left and right and then cry that their families are being broken apart.
If you have a problem with this, there is a process for obtaining citizenship. I am very tired of the non-citizens crying racial profiling.
Go through the process of being legal, like my family did in the 1800s. Then maybe you have a right to complain. Otherwise, go home.
Jason Wutt, address unavailable
And traffic used to be so sweet: Focusing our frustration on the illegals in this country will not be nearly as effective as focusing it on the people we elect to run this country.
Arguing with illegals is the height of ignorance. They are patently guilty lawbreakers.
They will suck America dry if America doesn't shut them out of here. They strive here because business wants them here — not the average hard-working American citizen. There is nothing good to be derived from their being here in America for American citizens. They have overstuffed our cities, making even traffic noxious.
Michael Moses, address unavailable
Can someone give a civics lesson to Carl, please?: I commend Jan Brewer for having the guts to [sign SB 1070]. This is a federal crime to be in this country illegally, yet the federal government will not let us in Arizona uphold the federal law. What gives?
All the crap about racial profiling . . . How come now when an illegal gets pulled over and asked for ID, it's automatically racial profiling. That's BS. When I get pulled over and asked for ID, I see it as the police doing their job. That's all.
Bottom line: You are breaking a federal law by being here illegally. Get legal the proper way or go home where you are legal. Quit with the excuses of racial profiling and poor downtrodden illegals.
Carl Roberto, no address available
Point taken: Though I have heard that illegals get deported and come back a week later, they are still human beings and should not be treated like animals.
There is no right way to deal with this issue. No justice will be had until a genius comes up with a law that's fair and valid. And that genius won't be Jan Brewer.
Okay, we'll stop trying to brainwash you. (By the way, it's only once a week.): You ultra-liberal, pinko, leftist liberals are not going to brainwash us by running this [kind of] article every day in perpetuity. Give it up.