Skip to comments.Nationally, 60% Favor Letting Local Police Stop and Verify Immigration Status
Posted on 04/26/2010 11:05:19 AM PDT by Bokababe
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last week signed a new law into effect that authorizes local police to stop and verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 60% of voters nationwide favor such a law, while 31% are opposed.
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of Republicans support the law along with 62% of voters not affiliated with either major party. Democratic voters are evenly divided on the measure.
At the same time, however, 58% of all voters are at least somewhat concerned that efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants will also end up violating the civil rights of some U.S. citizens. That figure includes 29% who are Very Concerned about possible civil rights violations.....
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I'm okay with that. The more the socialists focus on something other than jobs, the better for real Americans in November.
He needs to answer the question “What are you going to do about the border?” If he has no answer, then the States need to do something. We don’t need any more studies either...........fix it and do it now.
My husband says that we should send Obama to Arizona and let them verify his proof of citizenship. LOL!
Well, I’m sure the lamestream big media regime will be sure to rush this news to print and the airwaves . . . NOT!
60%!? Big deal! 60% voted for one man, one woman in CA. They shot it down. 60% didn’t approve of healthcare. They passed it. It just doesn’t matter to these “people”. November is all they’re going to understand.
this will have a knock on effect and the rats knwo it
the illegals will leave AZ and move into NM,CO etc where those populations will get pissed off with the illegals and demand that their Gov do something like AZ of which we know the rats won’t.
Then those state will turn blue and a big loss of the rats on election day.
her’;es a word for the far left to look up
ILLEGAL so when those protesting are holding signs saying illegal here then guess what d not moan when you get arrested as you have had the laws ignored for far too long.
As I came here legally then I must be a racist too
How would this law work? I am a citizen and have a driver’s license. If a cop stops me for running a stop sign, does that mean he demand proof of citizenship for me and everyone in my car? Is that really what people want?
I heard some politician bashing this law saying that police would use flimsy excuses such as “lack of English” to check immigration status, as if that were racial profiling. Anyone who is LEGALLY in this country should be able to speak basic English to a policeman if stopped. Why wouldn’t this be a big red flag? And you know what? If you’re stopped, and you’re legal, the nice policeman will apologize and let you go on your way.
And 60% will vote against EMOrats in Nov. and that won’t matter either.
The case is going to take years to wind it's way through the courts, if 0bozo and his Marxist Attorney General Holder decide to challenge it in court.
Meanwhile, the negative publicity while the case is being tried and the anger that will generate amongst the 60% of Americans who support the Arizona law, will give 0bozo and the Democrat's falling poll numbers. 2012 elections are going to be about repealing 0bamcare and maintaining immigration enforcement. That's a lose, lose for 0bozo and the Democrats.
Fine by me.
I’m not sure if I agree with this. Stopping people in their cars to check for citizenship opens up a whole can of worms for abusing 4th amendment rights. Just imagine that a cop stops someone who turns out to be a lawful citizen, then oops, I see a gun in that car. Do you have a conceal carry license?
The answer is to enforce the existing immigration laws on the books. To go after the employers with fines and stiff penalties when illegal workers are found at their workplaces. And to deport the illegals from there. No available work for illegal immigrants, no illegal immigrants.
Hush up, they won’t ask us for our papers, we look like Americans.
Just wait until the price of childcare, cleaning, construction, restaurants and lawn care goes through the roof.
If you have a license, you would just get a ticket like usual. There would only be a problem, if you left your wallet at home, and then you would only have to convince him that you were legal, or the judge later.
My support or opposition depends strongly on what constitutes the probable cause for this stop.
You don't need a concealed carry license to carry a gun unconcealed. But I tend to agree with your point, if that's what this law does.
It was the dems health care reform plan to have everyone own an ID card. Now it’s suddenly a nazi idea?
Good point. Also, denying illegals a place to live through prrof of citizenship for home ownership or rentals. There are all sorts of ways to get em out. But I still support Arizona on their move to get the illegals out.
I have the same concerns, as do many in this poll.
But I've asked several Mexican American friends the same question -- Would it bother you if were stopped based on looking Hispanic? The answer was no -- minor hassle, no different than dealing with airport security. One asked me if we'd ever been stopped in Mexico and identified as American -- the answer was yes! Last time we were in Baja, the government police (with automatic weapons and wearing ski masks) stopped us on the highway and asked for our passports.
My husband is often mistaken for being light Hispanic, he'd probably be subject to questioning in Arizona, too!
Is that really what is going to be going on though??? From what I’ve heard from the governor herself there will be VERY strict rules to prevent that sort of thing from happening.
These stats mean nothing to Obama....he rammed through health care knowing the American people did NOT want it.
When are people going to learn that national polls have no bearing or meaning to this Jack Squat failure administration?
Did them same polls matter over ObamaCare, bailout of GM and Chrysler, TARP, the Stimulus, etc.......? No! They don’t matter now when it comes to Arizona’s immigration law. Watch and see....
“31% are opposed. “
These 31% favor:
Free Health Care
Save the Whales
They are a drain on our Republic. Any ideas what to do with these deranged people?
That's how weak-kneed the electorate has become.
I believe that, while Arizona has a perfect right to defend itself from being overwhelmed and invaded by illegal aliens, this is less than a perfect law. And because of those imperfections, it has a very good chance of being shot down by the courts -- which will, in effect, "throw the baby out with the bathwater".
Not shot down:
SAN FRANCISCO Gay rights activists say they have failed to qualify a measure that would repeal California’s same-sex marriage ban for the November ballot.
Restore Equality 2010 chairman Sean Bohac says the volunteer-run group fell short of gathering the nearly 695,000 signatures needed to put the initiative before voters. Monday was the deadline for submitting the signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office.
Bohac says Restore Equality’s failed effort was undermined by the decision of more established gay rights groups not to participate in the campaign.
He says same-sex marriage supporters now are turning their attention to trying to repeal Proposition 8 in 2012.
A lawsuit to overturn Prop. 8 also is pending before a federal trial judge.
I think we are in agreement.
Yes, I believe that we are.
How do you prove you're legal?
I oppose illegal immigration, but I don't want to go there.
No, it doesn't.
They stop people for DL checks and proof of insurance checks in my state. Have for some time. Got stopped in one. The car next to me was driven by an illegal. They didn't wave him through. ;) At the very least, he lost his car.
“No stopping a legally driven car to verify citizenship.”
If you have no DL and insurance (if your state requires it), you aren’t legally driving. The key is to stop ALL cars in roadblocks and check every one. This isn’t new in other states.
“Just wait until the price of childcare, cleaning, construction, restaurants and lawn care goes through the roof.”
John McLame, is that you?
The law requires that in order to even question you about your immigration status, there must be reasonable suspicion that you are not in the country legally.
IOW if you present a valid Arizona Driver's license, then the questioning would have to stop there, because your legal status has already been determined by the DMV.
But if you were driving without a valid license, did not have a valid registration on your car, had no proof of insurance, and you could not speak a word of English, then I think the officer might have a reasonable basis for suspecting that you are not legally in the State of Arizona.
You got a problem with that?
I doubt Arizona issues driver’s licenses to illegals. Not even California does that (Not YET anyway. The CA “illegal alien sympathizer” legislators have made NUMEROUS attempts to get licenses issued to aliens).
My point is.. If you have a DL, no worries. If you’re driving without a license, an officer has EVERY right to handcuff you at a minimum, with illegals getting the added deportation orders. That’s how it SHOULD BE anyway. In CA, an officer will arrest an illegal w/out a DL, but is prohibited from questioning citizenship. THAT’S not right.
3 cheers to Arizona. “Illegal” is illegal. What’s the fuss?
That's not the kind of country I want to live in.
Me too. My preference is that there already be probably cause, before they can begin to ascertain if you are in the country legally.
“That’s not the kind of country I want to live in.”
That *is* the country you live in. It’s been that way for years. DUI checks, insurance checks, and DL checks.
“The law requires that in order to even question you about your immigration status, there must be reasonable suspicion that you are not in the country legally.”
Thanks for the insight. I’ve been waiting for a bit more clarification on the rules. If it was “there’s a dark-skinned guy I’m stopping him” - forget it. (Too easily could become “there’s an older white guy with a fanny pack, I’m stopping him to see if he has a gun”.
I hope that the cops get updated on all of the things to look for in forged documents. I hear that is a big deal, and too easy for the illegals to obtain and show to their employers for work.
I have never been stopped at a roadblock in Texas.
“I have never been stopped at a roadblock in Texas.”