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After Latino boom, Georgia town's population shifts again
Some in the large Latino community in Dalton, Georgia, gathered to celebrate their church's 30th anniversary.
December 12th, 2011
07:19 PM ET

After Latino boom, Georgia town's population shifts again

By Nick Valencia and Leslie Tripp, CNN

Dalton, Georgia (CNN) - Pastor Ernesto Mendez looked over his congregation as sunlight poured through the windows of the Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida church one recent Sunday afternoon. The church was celebrating its 30th anniversary, and some 300 parishioners, nearly all of them Latino, were there to hear the service in Spanish.

On a projection screen behind them, there was a sentence in Spanish: “God sent Rev. Ernesto to Dalton for us.”

In this small southern town near the Tennessee border, it’s not uncommon to see huge crowds of Latinos gathered at church, at work or in school. The Latino population grew for decades as workers came to work in the city’s carpet and textile industry. As of 2010, 48% of the city’s 33,000 residents were Latino, according to the U.S. Census.

But Georgia’s new immigration law, known as HB 87,  has caused some concern for Dalton’s Latino community. The law has been in effect about six months, though some of the strictest parts of the bill are under a court challenge. Those provisions would give officers the right to check for citizenship during a criminal investigation or to penalize someone knowingly transporting illegal immigrants during the commission of a crime. Speeding or driving without proper equipment could be considered crimes.

The law is not as strict when compared to the new immigration law passed in neighboring Alabama. Still, the law has impacted the way Latinos in Dalton live and act. Some Latino-owned businesses on the town’s main boulevard have been abandoned.

“Police are racist here,” one bakery owner who did not want to be identified told CNN. “Buildings around us have closed. Look,” he said, pointing out the window to a group of vacant buildings across the street.

The image is a lingering reminder of the sea change Dalton went through just a few years ago.

‘We needed workers’

Dalton, known as the “Carpet Capital of the World,” went through an economic boom in the late 1980s. Demand for labor in the carpet mills reached an all-time high.

“Twenty years ago, when there was close to 300, 340 carpet mills. We needed workers. Everyone who wanted a job had one,” said former Dalton Mayor Jim Middleton, who welcomed the first major wave of Latino immigrants while he was in office.

Middleton, who left his mayoral post years ago, says Dalton’s carpet factories were aggressive about courting Latinos to the town.

“The carpet mills would go and send trucks to pick them up from Texas at the border and bring them back here,” he told CNN. “It just fit. It was a situation where this community had to reach out somewhere. I understand the criticism. You want them to come over legal, but with the demand of work, there just wasn’t that time to do that.”

Middleton said the town didn’t keep a record of how many Latinos immigrated to Dalton in those days, but he said the numbers were in the thousands and their arrival noticeably changed the social demographic of the town. It’s since slowed, but today, with border arrests down to levels not seen since the 1970s, experts say illegal immigration from Mexico into the U.S. is down overall.

Middleton has a good-old-boy look and Southern twang characteristic of the region around the North Georgia mountains. But his opinions on immigration fall far from those who voted in the new changes to Georgia’s immigration laws.

“If we had not been able to get people to come here from Mexico…it was so busy… the carpet industry wouldn’t be where it is without them,” he said. “It was a little bit scary to start with, but as you get to know the Hispanic community, they’re some of the finest people in the world.”

Like many other Latinos at the time, Mendez, the pastor, was recruited to Dalton, sponsored in part by non-Hispanic community leaders who saw the demographic of the town changing.

For the Latino community in Dalton, Mendez is the ambassador of American life, ushering newly arrived immigrants - most of them from Mexico– through the cultural challenges of coming to this small town. The role is exactly what he had envisioned for himself when he arrived in the north Georgia community about 20 years ago.

“I wanted to be a doctor and go into medicine, but I got a calling,” he said in between bites of the chicken and rice dish passed out to the congregation for free after the service. “This community needed leadership.”

‘Prejudices disappear and acceptance increases’

Driving through the city, the signs for businesses on the freshly-paved main boulevards rotate between English and Spanish. Beauty salons and auto body shops sit next to Mexican bakeries and taquerias. Signs in store fronts read “Se Habla Español.”

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But Georgia’s new laws are creating a new dynamic in the town, where Latinos and non-Latinos agree they’ve worked and lived together seamlessly for decades. Hispanics aren’t considered a “novelty,” said community leader Jim Baird, but rather, a part of Dalton.

“When people become familiar with each other on a one-to-one basis, a lot of the prejudices disappear and acceptance increases. That’s happened in Dalton because so much time has elapsed,” Baird said.

Baird, 69, is a Boston native who moved to Dalton in 1971. After encouraging more Latinos to move to the city in the 1980s, he started Centro Latino to help Latinos learn English, learn to get green cards or offer life skills instructions on cooking and financial planning. Centro Latino has since dissolved, but the retired social worker has continued his mission to help integrate Latinos into the community by teaching classes in community rooms or the backs of restaurants.

“I started doing it because I wanted to improve my Spanish language skills,” he said. “The mystery of the different cultures turns out to be no mystery at all. People are people.”

But prosperity and acceptance have not touched everyone in the Latino community, especially those without documentation to be in the U.S.legally.

‘It’s not like it used to be’

Ten years after moving to Dalton from Guerrero, Mexico, Minerva, who did not want to want to be identified by last name, said she feels safe in Dalton, but it’s tough to find work without immigration papers.

“The factories are always an option for Latinos to work, but sometimes we get treated poorly by the Latinos who have risen in the ranks of the factories,” she said after leaving Mendez’s church. “Those who get papers and naturalize don’t pay back into the community. They are the ones who treat us the worst. Not the whites. It’s very difficult to find work here. It’s not like it used to be.”

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But local public school teacher Dalia Martinez-Santiago said many Latinos, at least those with children, will find a way to stay.

“We started this school year with more [English for speakers of other languages] students than last year,” she said. “The families are staying here.”

Martinez-Santiago came to Dalton in 1997 from Monterrey, Mexico, as part of the Georgia Project, a private program started by a non-Latino community member.

With the influx of Latinos, community leaders felt their school system needed Spanish-speaking teachers to help the newly arrived students and their families. The Georgia Project offered teachers from Mexico a three-year stint in Dalton. In exchange, about 30 teachers from Dalton went to Mexico to learn about the culture and education system. Today a handful of teachers, like Martinez-Santiago, remain in the city.

“I see this as home. It’s where I met my husband and where I have decided to raise my two sons,” Orlando, age 7, and Jose, age 5, she said.

“My own kids, even though they’re Mexican and have the culture, they’re Americans. They integrated because we did. A lot of the other Latino kids did too. They assimilate. They integrate. We celebrate Thanksgiving.”

Santiago-Martinez said her kids are typical Dalton kids - vaguely aware of what adults call “immigration issues.”

“Sometimes they talk about their friends’ parents not being with them (because they’ve been arrested or deported),” she said.

But they don’t have a strong sense of what makes races or ethnicities different. Their friends have white skin, and brown skin, the boys said.

That attitude seems to prevail among Daltonians, whether they’re new residents or they've resided in Dalton for awhile. The Georgia Project and Centro Latino, which were created to help Latinos assimilate, were discontinued because they were no longer needed. Today, there are also fewer carpet mills so there’s less of a demand for immigrant labor.

Two decades after arriving in Dalton, Mendez said his church has seen a lot of change, but he plans on being around to witness more.

“Our people are staying in Dalton,” he said, “and we are staying in Dalton.”

soundoff (481 Responses)
  1. wallace

    I know. Mexico has vast amounts of fertile land and resources. I bet if we move into mexico and sod-bust etc..pretty soon the natives will return and leach or want or ??

    December 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicano 2.0

      Those question marks pretty much sum it up: you fail to make any kind of cohesive argument.

      Stealing from the system? Think about who the Occupy movement is currently protesting against and what they've stolen from the working class.

      And I guarantee you that collectively far more "illegals" pay a greater amount of sales tax than is "stolen" by American citizens cheating on their income taxes.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tuckman

        Chicano 2.0....legal or not, any one making a purchase pays sales tax. No way to cheat that and that's not comparable to cheating on income tax...what's worse cheating out a few extra dollars or not paying at all. WHat if they asked you to pay in double to support one illegal latino family. You'd tell them to get lost! You can be all high and mighty on here, but when they get in your pocket, you will change your tune. Wait, you may be in my pocket abd that is why you have taken this stand.

        December 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Comments like these demonstrate why it's so easy for Republican's to control people with hateful propaganda.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ramon F. Herrera

        Exacto! The comments also explain why Hispanics are running from the GOP (lately rebaptized GOTP)

        December 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mighty7

      You did. It's called TEXAS you ignorant hayseed.

      December 15, 2011 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tuckman

    Maybe we should send our troops to Mexico and take over that country and then everyone here would be legal and our textile mills would be ours again. That would solve half of our drug problem too. Everyone who lives in our country and utilizes any part of system, shoul dpay for that privellage. If they are illegal, then they are stealing it and should be punished just like any other criminal. I have hispanic friends and they are some of the best peopel I know, but they did it right and followed all laws. I welcome them here, just pay your part and slow down on the baby making!

    December 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      > Maybe we should send our troops to Mexico

      What makes you believe that the Hispanic (even Black and Jewish) officers and soldiers will agree with your suggestion?

      December 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • TiredOf Illegals

        If YOU call yourself a latino then you are not a American. Go back to Methico.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. wallace

    Not white superiority claims at all. Just observations while being born here and taught to go after what you want by honest work. Never have I been GIVEN or EXPECTED to be given anything. History and observations prove that the caucasion race usually adapt quicker. That's all. No disrespect. Case in point, if africans had invented a rifle before whites would they have fallen to slavery?

    December 14, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicano 2.0

      Because slaves have only ever come from African nations and never from firearms-bearing peoples? Your ignorance has gone so far beyond stunning it's come back to predictable.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Slavery existed before firearms did, so no. And the Chinese invented guns in 700AD.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      And I would add that you have been GIVEN this country and TAKEN as your own. You didn't create this country or it's laws, nor did you provide yourself with the benefits that come from living here. I know you like to fantasize that you are one of original founders, but you aren't. And had you been born somewhere else you'd likely be poor and desperate to find something better.

      So count your blessings and stop being so hateful.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wallace

    Thought most "americans" could dissect text shrthd by now, chicano 2 point ZERO aka gang banger.

    December 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicano 2.0

      "Unfortuantly" and "who's" are not netspeak shorthand, they're indicators of either a substandard education, or, more likely the kind of ignorance that prevents anyone from taking your comments seriously, wallace aka klan member.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Seriously, seriously ... all this hatred is just so disappointing. My fellow countrymen make me sad on this issue.

      The CIS (Center for Immigration Studies) Estimates that the total annual cost to the Fed of all households headed by illegals is $10.4 billion. This is just what it costs the government (public education etc.), but nothing is factored in to account for the amount of money the businesses and individuals who hire these people are making thanks to low wages etc.

      At the same time, the Federal Reserve spent $7.7Trillion bailing out Big Banks here in the US and internationally. We've spent $820 Billion on the war in Iraq so far, and we'll be paying veterans benefits and costs of counseling etc for decades for the soldiers who return home (Which I think we should!).

      We will have spent $454B in interest for the national debt this year.

      $10.4 Billion is .001% of $7.7Trillion and .023% of $454B.

      Immigrants cost us nothing when you consider that our GDP is $15Trillion a year. Makes us look like a bunch of really petty, selfish, hateful, cruel monsters if you ask me.

      And it should be easy enough to simply pass some laws that make it possible for illegals to come forward, pay taxes, and participate. With 11 million illegals apparently here it should be pretty easy to collect most of $10Billion. That's around $920 each.

      I'm certain that is MUCH less than it would cost to deport them all and then install a massive military and police presence at the border. And it would be MUCH less ugly too.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TiredOf Illegals

    Why doesn't Mexico have a Olympic team? Becasue all the ones that can run, jump and swim are already here! Ole!

    December 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicano 2.0

      Why is America losing global superiority, does it no longer command international respect, and fail to compete in the global marketplace as before? People like TiredofIllegals! Git 'er done!

      December 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • TiredOf Illegals

        Yes you are right. the USA is losing like you said because of the latinos and illegals who have 5 kids per family. After all the money is used up by your kind what will you do? LMAO. Lazy wetbacs.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jesus Cristo

    repukkkes are racist PIGS!

    December 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MJC

    Makes no difference how hard you pull at heart strings, illegal is illegal. Instead of complaining, protesting, and yelling for rights, trying DOING something to change your status. Educate yourselves on taking the Citizenship test. Become LEGAL citizens. Instead of doing something to make things right, you'd rather complain.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      Great post! AND speak ENGLISH too! We are tired of catering to you and your anchor babies.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ramon F. Herrera

        The only ones linguistically challenged are the native born.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      A policy of hatred and intolerance will never bring a meaningful or lasting solution.
      The influx of different people is inevitable and enforcing our borders like a prison wall would be VERY costly and would undermine what it means to be free in America for all of us.

      If you want a solution that would really work then let's create a system of laws that make it possible for illegals to come forward, pay taxes, and participate. Make it necessary to show a TaxID which demonstrates that your income is reported and taxes are paid on it before you can enroll your kids in school, or get medicaid etc.. To be eligible for a TaxID one must first complete 6 months training in the English Language and classes on US Culture.

      Having lived in a foreign country once myself, I can say that a major reason for someone not assimilating is that it's not as easy as you think. It takes years to learn the customs, celebrations, beliefs etc. of another people. The children of immigrants are usually where the assimilation happens, through going to school and and socializing with native kids.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wallace

    Here's a thot. White families produce 1.3 offspring on avg mostly based on affordability. Hispanics have 4 offspring based on ignorance. Who pays? See what immagration has led to today.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      Great post. They reproduce like mice and want us to pay for and to cater to them. Screw that and them.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicano 2.0

      Meanwhile, we have an American who can't spell "thought". Such progress.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rick

        Bad news, Wallace is not american.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Your spelling, grammar, and intelligent discourse are the best of all arguments in support of your claims of white superiority ... er, uh.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      What you stated is false. The only question is whether you know it or not. The latter would make an idiot, the former, a liar: Take your pick.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ramon F. Herrera

        Here's the REAL numbers, as opposed to the lies being spread by baggers filled with hatred:

        http://patriot.net/~ramon/misc/Having-Babies.png

        Hispanics have 2.82 children, ONE more than greengos.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wallace

    United states fulcrum has peaked and fallen in the arms of the masses and hords of followers and their thinking. U.S was founded on the right to pursue happiness. Unfortuantly the people who formed those thoughts are a breed apart about the ones voting now who's pursuit is to inherit.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asturiano

      And I thought George Wallace was dead. Like Elvis, he lives.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe D

    Many of these companies, some large, in Dalton brag about how cheap it is to hire Latinos. It is an open secret that these companies do not pay social security tax or take out workmen's compensation. Most are paid illegally under the table using straw bosses.

    Most of the Latinos are illegal and should deported. Along with their anchor babies if it was up to me.

    The media does not report the drugs they import.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuperGeorge

      If you have any complain go to Wall Street. They did money-paper (Swaps) for 100 Trillions to buy houses people could not afford , even there where not enough legal workers to built it. The Wall Street mess of the Bush age.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      Great post Joe and I agree. Round 'em up and send 'em home. They don't belong here as they don't want to assimilate BUT they want US to assimilate to them and pay their bills as well as their anchor babies. Screw that.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Asturiano

        You betcha, and you can pick the cotton, peaches and pecans, clean the chicken coops, slaughter the hogs and plant the crops. RIGHT, ha!

        December 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Al

    After 10 to 20 years of being in Georgia, most of these people should be U.S. citizens and speaking better English than I do. So, there sould not be any true issue with the new law. If a person has a drivers license, they read English road signs, took an English written test, and speak English when speaking to a law enforcement officer. There should be a pride in teaching your children your native language at home (Spanish, German, French, etc.) but in public and in the school, English is the standard (not the exception). If someone is worried about the new law, then the article is admitting the import of people without proper process is an ongoing breaking of other laws, not the new ones. If you are breaking these laws, just like any other, expect to be caught and punished, and you are lucky if you are not.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. teabilly

    funny how when something doesn't go your way, it's racism. Dalton's carpet industry has been hit hard by the recession. The trailer parks in North Atlanta are gone, and the day laborers are no longer standing on the street looking for work. It's hard times for all. I, certainly don't mind the Latinos being here. I just want them here legally, and I want the Imperial Federal government ot do its job.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asturiano

      Name me ONE CEO who is jail because they hired an illegal. No one gets prosecuted for hiring because they are the pillars of the community.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. wallace

    Truth sometimes pains others and is taken like a racist or ugly comment. Its not. Its fact. If your insulted perhaps you have mixed blood in your white viens. I have made a great life on the baja pennisula after leaving Cali casuse of immagration. Nothing wrong with the land here. Don't no why the natives leave to US.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Good question. Why do they leave the places they are so proud of? Is it just for the money? If not, then why don't they stay and fight for their rights in their home countries that they love? Or do they have no loyalty at all in the first place?

      December 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ken

    Leave it to CNN to publish this type of pathetic garbage, favoring the illegals! How desperate this George Soros network has become? From being liberal to now broadcasting left-wing lies, CNN has become the illegal/La Raza's mouthpiece! How much is Soros spending on your network this year?

    December 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulwisc

      What are you so angry about?

      December 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • JavaBen

        I don't know that Ken is angry. He's just stating facts. However, I'm angry about illegals that come over here, do serious crime and home invasions, get drunk and kill innocent people, as a drunk illegal did when he killed my cousin. After 30 years of hard work, my cousin had exactly 1 month of retirement before a drunk illegal drove completely across the road and struck my cousin while he was at his mail box. He didn't have any insurance – so much for his contribution to society. The state of NC and the citizens of NC had to pay all of the hospital bills out of the uninsured motorist fund, which we all have to pay as part of our insurance. My cousin spent the next 6.5 years confined to bed with brain damage. Couldn't even hold his new grandson nor ever speak with him. The illegal, meanwhile, skipped bail and disappeared....he's out there, maybe you can invite him home to party with you.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • jmbo

      Ken did you read wallace's comment perhaps there really might be an issue here

      December 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. wallace

    White race invents adapts and provides while indepandently standing alone. All others follow, breed, infiltrate and demand equality while codependently standing together.

    December 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulwisc

      Untrue, and I'm positive you had nothing to do with any advances.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Spoken like true KKK

      December 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • TiredOf Illegals

        Umm..ok. Someone speaks the truth and they are a racist? Grow a brain.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Paco

    Pink stinking anglo!

    December 14, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      @ Paco. That is not what your 19 year old sister said amigo. Ole!

      December 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. eugene

    The solutions are simple but no one has the guts to go through with it. 1) get rid of the minimum wage. If businesses can hire americans to do a job for .50/day like China, then they won't have to hire illegals. 2) get rid of government assistance and welfare. If the poor Americans are forced to work instead of sitting at home popping out more babies in order to get more money from the government, then they won't have as many children bleeding the system dry. 3) change the law where a baby born in America cannot be a citizen unless his/her parents are American citizens.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      I am old enough to remember my history lessons from high school and college. I remember one person in the late 20th Century said the said things about their illlegals. That person became infamous and was elected to a government position where he did something about it. And it all started with picking a race of people that no one appreciated and place the blame for all the woes that hurts us on them.

      That person was Adolf Hitler and his ideology was outline in his book Mein Kampf. In the end 6 million Jewish persons suffered for the seed that Mr. Hitler planted on his people.

      History is repeating itself, the seed is being planted on the illegals, what next, concentration camps for those that are caught?

      December 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        Illegal jews in Germany? The jews were there for about 1500 years you baffoon! Nice analogy, its exactly the same thing.

        December 14, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        Mario,

        All of that education and you still can't distinguish between legal and illegal? What part of the word illegal don't you understand? All you have is the race card, and it's getting pretty pathetic and old! There should be NO argument here. People who are here illegally are criminals and need to be deported, period! And, you called yourself educated?

        December 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • David

        The Jews were citizens and no one wants these mexicans and illegals in camps. We want them to go where they came form untill they have the right to work here legaly. Oh farmers might be losing work but then just charge more for your goods. That is the sacrifice that can be made is at the check out line.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kay

        Hitler wasn't deporting Jews who were sneaking into Germany. He was rounding up people who were already there, before he was even there! And he invaded other countries and rounded up the Jewish people in those countries too. Illegals are invading another country for money and the citizens just want it to stop. Nobody wants to put them in a camp. They just want them to go home! Why is that so terrible? Are they not proud of where they come from? If not then stop pretending to be or go home and fight corruption in your own country. It doesn't matter what the invaders look like, nobody has the right to sneak around and defy the other country's laws and then cry "racism" because they get caught.

        December 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      You have a distorted and utterly inaccurate perspective on the world eugene.
      You are not just wrong, but totally, completely, and utterly wrong in everything you said.
      Now open your mind, and go figure out WHY.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris

        Another lib who is COMPLETELY clueless to reality. You libs are almost as bad as the neo-cons!

        December 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        Distorted? It's you Fred, who is distorted and wrong! Illegal immigration is destroying our country, but liberals like you are refusing to acknowledge it! Go to another country (like Mexico) and you won't find a more liberal border and deportation policies like the USA! Well, that will change! American taxpayers are sick and tired of illegals leaching free benefits, while committing crimes against our citizens! You and the Democraps will fail!

        December 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paulwisc

        No, Ken, illegal immigration is not destroying our country. It is propping up our economy. You are ignorant and bigoted, and that drives all your comments, not actual knowledge. The country would do better making the immigrants legal and kicking people like you out.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • TiredOf Illegals

        @Paulwisc
        Yes, ILLEGALS are destroying our country. You are part of the problem and think of them being here is a good thing for the USA. You will be the first one to bytch if your taxes are raised to help for them. Grow a brain, you might find it usefull in life.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      If you think any legal Americans will work for 50 cents a day as you claim, or even illegals for that matter, or even 50 cents an hour, you are absolutely hopeless. I can't even get kids to mow my lawn for 25 DOLLARS.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Eugene,

      Your suggestions for 'solving' the problems we face aren't being implemented because they are stooopid, not because they are too hard. How do you expect 'the poor' to live on $.50/hr wages? $20 a week wouldn't feed anyone.

      Are you really that much of a tool for the corporate billionaires, Rupert Murdoch, and the Koch brothers that you would suggest that the US should lower itself to the conditions of China, rather than expecting China to raise itself to ours?

      The rest of your post is just racist bigotry.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asturiano

      Just they way to start a revolution and get your bones buried.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. macbaldy

    Mexicans aren't the only latinos involved. Latinos aren't the only illegals. There are illegals from Eastern Europe, from Africa, from Ireland, from the Caribbean and from Canada in the US.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeithTexas

      Most of the folks don't understand that Mexicans and Latinos from all over South America are only 60% of the Immigration problem.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      Well you are partly right but MOST are from Mexico, Central & South America. I also don't recalling that we have to 'Press 2 for Russian" or Chinese now do ya? Of course it is spanish.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asturiano

      There are thousands of illegals from Europe. They come in by air because we require no visas and they never leave. Most live in urban areas where they blend with their European immigrants. No one ever hunts them down, asks to see their papers or even questions them.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  19. gera

    We need a comprehensive reform, legalize illegals that have been living in the US for years, then fine businesses hiring illegals

    December 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      You do not reward criminal behaviour, like theft, with citizenship.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • gera

        Have you ever been forgiven by a police man when you broke a traffic violation (the law) You are just basically thinking base on your emotions rather than by logic.

        December 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Courtney

        Well about about when the europeans took over the natives land? Where is the justice there? And also most of these immigrants have indigeneous blood from the Americas. So you are just being ignorant.

        December 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Has

        I think the Native Americans would agree with your statment Alica, but citizenship was granted to land grabbing genocidal criminals anyway.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paulwisc

        Misdemeanor. You act as if they're worse than murderers and rapists when they are actually on a par with speeders and litterbugs. It's your bigotry searching for rationalizations for your own hate that drives your, umm... ...well, let's call it 'thinking'.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  20. TiredODaCrap

    The law has been in effect about six months, though some of the strictest parts of the bill are under a court challenge. Those provisions would give officers the right to check for citizenship during a criminal investigation or to penalize someone knowingly transporting illegal immigrants during the commission of a crime.

    Straight from the article. If you are against this – you are NOT a citizen of this country! If you committ a crime, how can you cry about them looking into other things???

    December 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario Lopez

      I am illegal and I love America. I have been here 20 years and had no problem finding work and not once has anyone asked for my papers. I will take advantage of everything America has to offer until the police drag me away.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Darth Cheney

        troll

        December 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        It's skumbags like you whose arrogance knows no bounds! Just don't come to Arizona sleezeball! We'll be sure that you get dragged by your greasy hair and thrown back to the cesspool of Mexico, just like the slime bucket that you are!

        December 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        You're nothing but a two-bit criminal!

        December 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paulwisc

        And the responders here to this post show the bigotry and hatred that are the actual drivers of this controversy. Everything else is just rationalization. Such sick people you are.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • TiredOf Illegals

        You senor are a crimmial. YOU need to be deported as well as your anchor babies. 23 million illegals like YOU are destroying the USA. Please leave and take your anchor babies with you.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • TiredOf Illegals

        @ Mario. I would love to turn your illegal culo in to the police. YOU have yours coming senior wetbac

        December 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeithTexas

      I am a citizen and I am against the law. I am against it for legal reasons that will take away the rights of all Americans if we let them use these illegal laws. I could care less about the Mexican immigrants.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jon

    Again, businesses breaking the law but not being held accountable. The businesses admitted to rounding up illegals and employing them, cliaming they "needed" the workers. It does not matter the need, the businesses broke the law all the same, yet were not punished for it. If I "need" some money, do I get to break the law in order to get it?

    The businesses did not want to obey the basic economic principles of supply and demand. They wanted to pay low wages instead of demanded wages, so they imported people illegally. The businesses would have no problem finding workers if they raised their wages. But no, they rather break the law, and guess what, all social services associated with the illegals do not fall upon the businesses, they fall upon the tax payer.

    I do not blame illegals one bit for coming here to work illegally, they were basically invited in by US businesses. Hold businesses accountable and the illegal problem will go away by itself.

    December 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Nicely put. Not hating on anyone, just need to penalize (aka jail) the hirees

      December 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Brian

    These latinos are breeding out of control. If they are illegal, send them packin!

    December 14, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      are you sure your name is not nitwit?

      December 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      Very true Brian! They start having kids at age 15. Even rats have more sense that they do.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Lee S

    Get rid of the illegals and make the welfare recipients wash dishes cut highway grass etc. for their welfare, well i guess it would be an actual paycheck then. Do i have to think of everything? J/k. But seriously, put people on welfare to work.

    December 14, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • WDinDallas

      Absolutely!

      December 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      Bet none of you know that the majority of persons on welfare are cacausains and africa-americas, the so- call legal residents. Hispanics account for least than double digit throughout the 50 states, why, because they take the work that no one wants and are too proud to ask for help even if they have earned the right after becoming legal.

      December 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Lee S

    Freakin kidding me? We need more spanish speaking teachers? Alarm bells should be going off ILLEGALS! What a waste of money in a time where there is none to waste. We need to hire more people to deport these leeches from the society YOU built Taxpayers. Come to Charlotte and visit the areas the Latinos have taken over, they are just lovely, NOT

    December 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  25. PB

    I spent 20 years in California watching it go down the tubes. The same thing is happening here. I want my country back.

    December 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • NPhxAz

      I know what you mean. We used to love to visit L.A. San Diego many times a year. We won't set foot in the state now. We miss the good folks such as yourself and the Pacific. Truly a shame.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • KeithTexas

        We are glad you are gone, racist Americans have been a problem ever since you guys started coming to California and stealing things.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • TiredOf Illegals

        @KeithTexas. YOU are the biggest idiot I have seen posting in awhile Bet your momma's proud. Please stay in Texas and hang out with your illegal amigos.

        December 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • CalNative

      You are right PB. The liberal press does not help at all. I bet we have more than 12 million illegal aliens in CA alone. 5 years ago my cousins from KS thought we were nuts for complaining... well guess what? The illegals have moved into their towns with their mindless reproduction and trashed their communites in KS and now they are complaining. If they don't want to follow our laws then I suggest we make them be under Mexico's laws.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • KeithTexas

        Liberal Press, where did you find them?

        December 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • PoBoy

      Sounds like you 2 will be running from Latinos and other minorities for the rest of your lives. In case you haven't heard Hispanics are the fastest growing segment of the US population and minorities will soon be the majority. Causcasians are a dying breed, so I suggest you adapt or die. I guess you could move to Europe or Canada, but it won't be long before they're in the same boat. Tacos anyone??

      December 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • angryblkman

        PoBoy's response is a good example of someone turning a law enforcement issues into a racist issue to gain support and sypathy. The truth is illegal aliens are law breakers. Poboy, you can't pick and chose which laws to enforce and ignore. enforcing all laws is not easy, the other road of ignoring laws is a cowardly thing to do. PoBoy, your are a true racist! You use illegal immigration as a way to paint others as terrible people. You are a Coward!

        December 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alicia

        Mexican sewer anyone?

        December 14, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paulwisc

        The truth, angryblkman, is that illegal immigrants commit a misdemeanor. No worse than speeding. It's odd that you post supporting the clearly bigoted statements just above your post. I don't think you're really an angry black man.

        December 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • conrad

        According to 2011 US Census ... 72.4% of US is white. Seems like a notable majority to me.

        December 14, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike P

      I would love to see the Alabama immigration law enacted/enforced in Texas. I live here and we are practically living in Mexico. Enact/Enforce this law in Texas and the state population would decrease by 60-75% overnight!

      December 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • KeithTexas

        Mike I miss the Texas of the fifties when there wasn't the discrimination against the Mexicans. When so many people came in to Texas after the war that didn't understand the culture of Texas it changed and you Americans ruined it for us Texans and our Mexican heritage.

        It is just now getting back to the way it was, when we could have some fun and share music, food, and Holidays.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • nodandsmile

      I'm so sick of how everyone in the "establishment" media just can't help spewing forth their brainwashed pluralist, multicultural, PC sermons at every chance they get.  These illegal immigrants are destroying California. I live in South Central LA which is a trash heap thanks to the Mexicans. They throw trash in the streets, spray gang graffiti everywhere, they are reproducing like rabbits, causing enormous costs related to gang violence, health care, the penal system, costs to public schools forced to educate kids in Spanish, and they are lowering America's national average IQ by the day. Cost of illegal immigration in LA County alone last year was over a billion dollars in taxpayer money (not including education costs).

      December 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • KeithTexas

        Serves you right for stealing it from the pueblodora's in the first place

        December 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • TiredOf Illegals

        @KeithTexas. Seriously? is that the best statement you can think of? Ahh...you take the short bus. That explains it. Now get off your moms computer.

        December 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  26. wisdom4u2

    Diversity is alright with me, as long as err’body keep their barbeque pits and kiddies swimming pools in their ‘back’ yards and not their ‘front’ porches and yards….that just screams TACKINESS!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • PoBoy

      And turn that damn salsa and Rap music down! We don't want to hear that crap!

      December 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Ralph

    Cindy wrote in part, (verbatim copy follows below)

    The alleged hispanic fears is substantially a "red herring", and an intentional obfuscation of the truth by either the illegals themselves, or their supporters.

    The hispanics that is afraid, has good reason to be afraid! The hispanic that is afraid, IS an illegal alien that is afraid of being held responsible for their crime and getting deported!

    I support and welcome all immigrants that apply for entry BEFORE they arrive in the USA.

    I condemn ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS that break USA laws; and especially those that have the gaul to ask for a hardship exemption when they are caught!

    ------------–
    cindy December 14th, 2011 12:03 pm ET
    "I really don’t understand what the Hispanic population fears. I don’t understand why they think the law is “racist”, since the whole logical reasoning is in the name…”illegal immigrant”. ..."

    December 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Dan G.

    CNN is one of the biggest promoters of illegal immigration and open borders. They conisistantly print stories about how illegal immigrants are being adversely affected by new laws yet rarely print the stories about Americans killed by illegals on a almost daily basis and their adverse affect on lthe Federal, local and state governments through social programs, medical, and educational needs.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      You are exactly right. CNN is very biased in this regard.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Fox News is your kind of provider, then, since your perspective on the various problems can't possibly be off.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeithTexas

      Hyperbolic statements and blatant lies will not make your argument better. In fact it makes it easy for the rest of us to ignore you.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dan G.

    Once again both CNN and Illegal Immigrants want you to think it's OK to be hear illegally and it's racist to want immigration laws enforced.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan G.

      Sorry for the typo (here vice hear).

      December 14, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  30. chuck

    Go where. Yes we have been sold out and nothing is being done. Greed trumps common sense. "Superpower" full of uneducated peasants is where we are headed.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  31. cindy

    I really don't understand what the Hispanic population fears. I don't understand why they think the law is "racist", since the whole logical reasoning is in the name..."illegal immigrant". Have any legal immigrants been deported under this law? Have any legal immigrants been imprisoned due to violation of this law? These honest, hard working people went through the legal process to be in the US, so why should so many be allowed to ignore the rules and disrespect this country?

    December 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      The answer to your questions is, sadly, yes.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Racist is their ace in the whole. They like to throw that word around when they know they're wrong and don't have anything else to stand on.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Alex Vasquez

    You are an Idiot !!!! Poor Thing ! you have no idea why this country allows illigal immigration, because lazy ass people like you
    just keep complaining instead of going to work...

    December 14, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee S

      We have plenty of people in prisons and asylums that are capable of doing those jobs Alejandro.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      @Alex. Another stupid statement by you. Take it back across de border.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. MD

    Whatever you view is on this issue, our politicians have sold us down the river and will continue to do so. This country has been on a wrong path for years. Face the facts, whites are not have children anymore, but the lLatinos are multiplying in record numbers. Wake up people!!! This will be a spainish speaking country within the next 25 years and will be owned by China. Our days of "super power" are over......so love it or leave it.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      If you don't want China to own this country, stop shopping at WalMart.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • JemimaPD

        Cindy,

        Respectfully, if you stopped shopping at every store where Chinese products are sold you would be very limited in where you could shop... I do agree with buying American products! I read ALL of the labels of products I buy, only in the extreme case do I find it necessary to purchase a Chinese product. Google "still made in the USA" the webpage will help you find American made products. Have a great day.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Ralph

    Patrick writes, (verbatim copy follows below), that apparently, the USA should make immigration so easy,that there would be no further violation of USA immigration laws.

    FYI Patrick, the USA already allows 1 MILLION LEGAL Immigrants yearly, and is the largest, and furthermore has the most generous immigration laws/ policies in the entire world! In particular, the USA immigration policies allow far more unskilled laborers, than Canada or Australia.

    The USA 1 million is LARGER than the sum total of ALL the OTHER COUNTRIES of the entire WORLD COMBINED allow to immigrate! So Patrick apparently wants to double this number to 2 million, AND furthermore ignore the screening process that includes things like, does the applicant have a criminal history? Are they sick? And most importantly, will the immigrant applicant compete with either a USA citizen, or a LEGAL resident, for limited jobs?

    ----------
    Patrick December 14th, 2011 10:46 am ET wrote: "Control the border, amnesty for the vast majority of those that are here as we need the workers, and fix the immigration process so it’s 1-2 years and not decades to get approved. Easy."

    December 14, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  35. Scott

    Question for conservatives: Your Saint Ronald Reagan granted amnesty for illegals in the 1980s and said it was going to fix the issue of illegal immigration once and for all. Why hasn't it? Was Reagan wrong?!?

    December 14, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Luigy

      Quick answer for your question Scott, The federal government has steadily refused to apply the laws that were passed along with the amnesty. If the laws were applied, we would not have this huge problem now!!

      December 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      The correct answer is: Yes

      December 14, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Alicia

    Agreed, and BTW pastor it is the illegals and those who blatantly aid and abet wo are the racists.

    December 14, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      They care about the law, they are just looking out for THEIR RACE and wouldn't pizz on a white man if he was on fire. Note how when they do come here they all band together. Like the church is ALL MEXICAN and the city is HALF MEXICAN, they ALL speak THEIR language "SPANISH" and have no intention of learning the native American language ENGLISH. They have no plans to assimilate with Americans and the all live in Enclaves of MEXICANS like we Americans have the plague.

      Why on earth do we need people like this in our nation who come here and build their own culture and speak their own language and ignore our culture on OUR OWN DAM SOIL!? I smell the second coming of the Alamo! Americans are not going to sit back and watch their country taken over by Mexicans and Muzlims.

      Call whatever you want, I dont give a shhhitiit. I love my country and dont want it trampled and pizzed on by a bunch of uneducated American hating peasants and bums who dont speak my language and share MY American CULTURE! You dont like our culture then GET OUT OF HERE and go back TO YOUR CULTURE!

      December 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • KeithTexas

      You obviously have never been in the military. It takes three months to move 10,000 soldiers and they are ready to move. There is not a single agency in America that could move 8 million people for any reason in any amount of time. Not even our Military could do that.

      Idiotic solutions don't help anyone.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. forreal89

    good news crime is down, resources are available, public schools are no longer struggling to address no english speaking student great news

    December 14, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  38. Huichol

    soon the pinkies will move back east. by 2050 Indians & Mexicans will rule the soutwest.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      You are incapalel of doing anything but turning everyting you touchinto drek.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Your both too STUP ID to exist without Pinkie BOY.. You would all starve to death and die of exposure!

      December 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Crappyname

    Go HOME !!!! If you do not like our countries laws then go back where you come from. Penalize everyone that aids illegals in any way, stores, landlords, individuals. Then we will not have to foot the bill for sending them home, they will go home on their own.

    December 14, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      Not all of us are in favor of laws that enforce hatred for other human beings.

      While I won't be actively helping them come over I would never deny them the basics of life like food. That is sub-human behavior, not befitting a 'great nation'.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Huichol

    Keep coming Mexicanos!

    December 14, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Huichol

      real jokster. your just upset because your pink, yuk

      December 14, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • You are part of the problem

      Answer: As many as your cheap self pays for. You are the one that hires them to do all of your labor. Stop complaining.

      December 14, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Nothing but a bunch of uneducated, ignorant maggots looking for a free ride!

      December 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Ralph

    In rebuttal to David's comment, (follows below):

    There is nothing racist about the MAJORITY of USA, (and that includes the states of Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, etc), who are demanding the USA federal government to enforce existing laws and applying existing penalties to illegal immigrants.

    People like yourself can try to obfuscate the issue with inflammatory comments that those who want the laws enforced are somehow racist. And then there is a religious fanatics who say its somehow unchristan to hold a sinner accountable for their intentional violations.

    The USA will never get control of the illegal immigrant problem, until we stop rewarding ALL the violators with whatever particular forgiveness is sought.

    "David December 14th, 2011 8:35 am ET None of what you say makes it okay to create a racist law."

    December 14, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Huichol

      lets round you up you pink swine

      December 14, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Control the border, amnesty for the vast majority of those that are here as we need the workers, and fix the immigration process so it's 1-2 years and not decades to get approved. Easy.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • StarLight

        No, we don't need illegal workers. You have been brainwashed by the media that wants you to believe that we do. Furthermore, you have been lead to believe this by big Corporations, Farmers, and the Rich who hire illegals as maids, landscapers and gardners. They are the ones who would rather pay below minimum wage or minimum wage to an illegal for work that require extreme physical hardship in majority of those jobs instead of hiring Americans to do the jobs. They know that they would be required to pay a salary that is appropriate for the physical demands the job entails and provide health insurance. Instead, they prefer to manipulate the masses into thinking that Americans don't want these jobs. However, it is not the job that we walk away from; but the SLAVE salaries that are offered. Farmers, want people to work in their fields from sun up to sun down and produced a certain quanity for a SLAVE salary when the Federal Government provides millions or dollars to those farmers for label costs and what they produce. They will do anything to keep majority of that money for personal use. That includes paying a SLAVE salary instead of paying for the amount of work you have did and the physical demands of the job.

        December 14, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
      • One Day

        Where's the "like" button?

        December 14, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
      • Patrick

        @ Patrick
        We already gave them amnesty genius; all it did was quadruple the problem.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Global Opinion

    “The factories are always an option for Latinos to work, but sometimes we get treated poorly by the Latinos who have risen in the ranks of the factories,” she said after leaving Mendez’s church. “Those who get papers and naturalize don’t pay back into the community. They are the ones who treat us the worst. Not the whites. It’s very difficult to find work here. It’s not like it used to be.”

    Notice what the mexican lady says about her fellow mexicans: They are the ones that treat us worst. Not the whites.
    This is exactly the same pattern that you see in Mexico. Mexicans treat their own worse as if they were animals, and they bring this tradition with them. That country is stuck in a 19th. century social structure, yet they are quick to complain about Americans when they don't get the freebies the came here looking for. The Hipocrizy of mexicans...

    December 14, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Love to see native speaker of English, a citizen I assume by birth, who can't spell in his own language. Hypocrisy. Yes, that's how it's spelled.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
      • nolazy

        to dana: of all the bad thingns going on in the world today, and yet you worry about spellings? what planet you live in?

        December 14, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Global Opinion

        Get a life Dana. Get your head out of the sand before the ilegals take your job.

        December 14, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
      • angryblkman

        Dana, when all you have is a "spelling" insult, then we all know he was right and you have nothing to respond about. While you worry about spelling, illegal aliens are stealing billions of money from U.S. taxpayers via their theft of countless social services. Dana, it is people such as you that allow this to happen, this makes you a Coward!!!

        December 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sal

      What can you expect from a cesspool that still considers barbaric bullfighting to be part of their "culture." Even SPAIN recently banned bullfighting. You know you are bad off if you are worse than Spain.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  43. 7o3y

    Off subject but if farmers were serious about wanting to hire legal worders they would at least pay OT...i tried bagging onions when i was 18 and that stuff sucks..

    December 14, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  44. sitting bull

    Deport them all!!! Start with the European anchor babies!!! Send them back in the may flower!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • rashid

      Deport illigals, double the minimum wage, and watch our country boom. I have nothing against the foreign workers, its just not their country. America first, and get out of the rest of the world. Greatness will follow.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
      • Huichol

        send those white folks back to england.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Bill Duke

        Send those so-called "native -americans" back to Asia where they invaded from.

        December 14, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  45. Beautiful People

    We are all just beautiful people. Media Mythology Production- "Hate eachother."

    December 14, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • RiseAgain

      humans are not beatiful. We are worst than the beasts. That's why we have borders. Ever heard of the NAZIs?

      December 14, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Mara

      A *person* my be beautiful, but *people* are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals – (paraphrase) Agent Kay – MiB

      December 14, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Dave

    I see no problem with sending the illegals home. If we can borrow trillions, we can certainly spend it on ridding the country of illegals. The only reason we haven't is due to lack of political will. When will people realize that the two parties are in bed with each other, simply controlling us all.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Ramos

      To those who want to deport the illegals already here which are from 14 million to 18 million – Are you ready to pay the price for doing just that? What price? To borrow (we do not have the funds) the billions it would cost to locate, arrest, incarcerate and deport all of these people. To that add, the cost of lawsuits – There will be legals that will undergo this process and when the mistake is discovered, an apology is not enough. There will be lawsuits. Also, in the process, there will be human right abuses which will result in more lawsuits and much ill will south of the border towards Americans. Are you ready to accept all of that?

      I very much agree that everybody should be here legally. The problem is that ICE has warehouses of applications backlogged and more coming every day. These applications are years old. So, the answer is to revamp the entire system plus give ICE the resources it needs to do its job.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
      • RiseAgain

        who says we have to deport to get rid of 'em? there are other ways.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Alicia

        I suppose you're absolutely fine with spending tens of billions on them each year though.

        December 14, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • ensense

      Why spend money on deporting, just go after the people hiring illegals the problem will take care of itself free of cost. It is not easy to survive in America without a job. and make sure unemployment is only paid to the legal citizens.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Calley

        You don't get it @ensense. No one is willing to seriously go after the people who are responsible and completely in control of stopping the problem because its the white folks. And white folks are the people who can be blamed for nothing.

        Ask them about how THEY came here illegally and wiped out the native population and they will tell you how they did native Americans a favor because they weren't doing anything but killing each other anyway. So whites helped destroy their people, took their land, and now you better not mention any of that when we talk history.

        We are only allowed to talk about the great founder fathers and how wonderful they were to everyone. Just like the people in Dalton who went and got people to work for cheap so they could put hoards of cash into their bloated pockets. These are wonderful Americans and don't forget it.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mara

        Calley wrote: "So whites helped destroy their people, took their land, and now you better not mention any of that when we talk history" - you absolutely miss the lesson inherent in your tirade about Europeans killing Indians. Had the Native Americans had the foresight to stop the European influx while it was managable, they might not have been massacred. We should learn from their mistake. And second, it's both ignorant and silly to go back almost THREE CENTURIES and whine about how 'those people' did it, so we – their decendants – don't have any right to complain when others try to take what we, our fathers, and forefathers built. And lastly...come on. THERE WEREN'T ANY LAWS REGARDING IMMIGRATION in the 1700's. I mean, c'mon dude. If we're going to govern like it's 1799...let's do it right. No gun laws, no human rights, no civil rights, no women's rights, no voting for anyone who doesn't own property, no grocery stores, no building codes, no drug laws, no regulation of alchohol, no planes, no trains, no automobiles, but we WOULD have legal slavery, legal rape, child abuse, child marriage,chattal laws, forced religious participation, and more...oh, heck yeah!! Let's all pretend that nothing has changed since the 18th Century, and live our lives accordingly. Because that's the gist behind these idiotic "Well, the Pilgrims were all illegals too..." falllacies. Basically, you're saying "There were no laws then, so why should we respect the law now?"

        December 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Deport Pedro

    "The policea round here are racist" as he points to empty buildings. Yep, empty buildings prove racisim. They play the racism card whenever they don;t get their way or what they want. Flip off and go back to Mexico or points further south!

    December 14, 2011 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yes, they have become the new "blacks". Glad the carpet mills got their profits, so we can suffer for it decade after decade.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
      • LookQuick

        Thank goodness they are not like the new whites or they would be raping poor children all over the place.

        December 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beautiful People

      Ya bother me.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  48. ummm

    Something needs to be done so people can't come here illegally, not because i care, but so people will shut up about it. I don't even know anyone here illegally and I'm tired of hearing about it. I'm glad people think I'm white since it makes things easier, but not all my family is so lucky. Watch who you make your racist comments to because you might get surprised when your teeth get knocked in.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      You sir are an idiot. Hopefully your brain gets knocked in so you can't post anymore.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Deport Pedro

      Wow, you're a tough guy, huh? Big internet talker! Flip off.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Huichol

        ahh he got mad. shut you pinky

        December 14, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • RiseAgain

      It's not about race – stoopid.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  49. Ralph

    Thank you Mara, for pointing out another forgotten aspect to the illegal immigrant problem.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  50. Clint

    That Chica has some Tig ol Bitties.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Too bad most want to deport them....

      December 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Jorge

    I was born and raised as a child in NYC, then went to college and raised a family in Puerto Rico, which is a Spanish-speaking commonwealth of the U.S. Although my entire extended family and I are native U.S. citizens by law, since I moved to Georgia my wife and I have had to set people straight about our citizenship status several times which is not that bad considering, but what IS bad is the fact that we have had to "suggest" that we would take legal action to correct unnecesarily repeating citizenship non-issues at banks, schools, the DMV and the Health Department. I have also been called a "wetback" by coworkers who did know at the time that I had organizational authority over them.

    I have read several posts stating that racism is not at issue in the immigration/citizenship controversy; from my experience, I'd have to infer that if it isn't then pure, unadulterated, obdurate, grandfathered ignorance and dimness of intellect are. There are no other other motives that could explain it for me; either way, it doesn't show very flatteringly for the perpetrators.

    December 14, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Worldwalker

      It's not racism. Well, it might be for some people, but EVERYTHING is racial for some people. But the opposition to illegal immigration is about, well, illegality, not racism. It doesn't matter where someone's from, whether they're Latino or Anglo or anything else. If they're in the US illegally, they need to be kicked out and sent to the back of the line, only allowed to apply for immigration after all the people who have been patiently waiting and doing things the legal way (many of them, I should point out, from Latin America) have had their turn.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Jorge,
      This is an unfortunate byproduct of the illegal immigration situation. Similar to the way violent black men affect the way ALL black people are initially viewed, massive illegal immigration's negative impact on our country has created a negative image of ALL hispanic appearing people. This is one of the unforseen consequences of our federal government's outright encouragement of illegal immigration.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  52. Ralph

    Here CNN goes again, promoting a false image on the illegal immigrants as being down trodden. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION is a CRIMINAL issue!

    The USA allows 1 MILLION LEGAL Immigrants yearly, and is the largest and most generous immigration laws/ policies in the entire world! This is LARGER than the sum total of ALL the OTHER COUNTRIES of the entire WORLD COMBINED allow to immigrate! I have no sympathy for the additional 700,000 illegal immigrants that refuse to apply and wait their turn.

    Regardless how those mexicans arrived in Georgia; the undeyable fact remains that they were picked up on the Texas side of the border with Mexico, ie, they had already ILLEGALLY IMIGRATED INTO TEXAS WITHOUT ANY HELP FROM THE CARPET MILLS! These mexicans choose to break USA immigration laws in order to bypass the screening process in order to get ahead of the honest immigrants who apply for legal entry to the USA.

    December 14, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • David

      None of what you say makes it okay to create a racist law.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
      • Deport Pedro

        It's racist to deport illegals? OK!! What happens when you get pulled over, David? You show your dfriver's license, correct? They need to produce docuyments that prove who they are. That is not racism!!!! If they cannot prove who they are and that they have a legal right to be here, they should be arrested and deported. Pretty simple fact.

        December 14, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Guy

      You make some under-acknowledged points.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • skarlson

      Laws that target a specific group of people who habitually break the law are not racist. Instead of pulling the race card how about reporting member's of your race who are here illegally instead of protecting them. How else shall the law be enforced if people will not uphold the laws of their own country? By the way there is no such thing as race so I use the term loosely. The truth is every white male is a much a distant relative by blood to that illegal immigrant as the legal mexican immigrants who protect those breaking the law. This is not an issue of "race" but of law. Those who pretend otherwise are hypocrites because they do not apply their standard equally in all cases and when justice is not equal for everyone it cannot be called justice.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  53. Toemas

    As much as you haters want the ILLEGALS to be gone you need to face the fact of them being able to get a job here at all. Gripe at the business that hires them. I have a friend that feels strongly about getting rid of illegals but he had some doing yard work for him because they did good work cheaply.

    December 14, 2011 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Dirk

      Has nothing to do with hating anything or anyone... it's a matter of being in the country illegal! Come here legally and it's all good. Every business that knowingly hires illegal residents should be fined into non-existence. If businesses need labor they need to start paying livable wages and they'll get plenty of workers.. They only court illegal residents because they can rape them financially.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • MinesA99

      Yes. Businesses should be fined for hiring illegals, but illegals shouldn't be here in the first place. Every country in the world requires papers to enter the county and to work – even Mexico! Name one that doesn't. This should be no different in the US. Do a little googling and see how Mexico treats Guatemalans who enter the country illegally.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Deport Pedro

      If they weren't here in the first place, the businesses couldn't hire them.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  54. Katie

    It's NOT a racist law... Get over it latinos: GO HOME!!! We don't want you here because you're illegal. It has nothing to do with your culture, language, skin color or anything else. You are a criminal and should be deported because you came here ILLEGALLY.

    December 14, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
    • jabgar00

      i think she meant that part of georgia is racist.. i can agree.. i live in sc and it's REALLY REALLY racist here and certain parts of georgia.. it's very easy to get racially profiled.. i don't think anyone should be here illegally but a lot of ppl think the race card thing isn't real.. but it's usually the ppl who are on the right side.. trust me it's real!!

      December 14, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Dirk

        Georgia is not the only place where you find racism. It is all over and to some degree will probably exist as long as one person looks, acts, etc, different from another. Especially when competing for scarce resources.

        December 14, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Dan

        While there are some that are racist, the majority are just upset that people from another country came, and not only refused to assimilate but showed outright disrespect for the country they are in illegally. The fact that illegals demand rights is comical and happens in no other country in the world. You want to come to the US do it legally. Then again some politicians in this country regard 2 illegal votes as better than one legal one. Good luck America.

        December 14, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  55. 1/2 Latino

    I almost fell out of my SHAIR when I read "they CHOULD be worried"!!! L M A O!

    December 14, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
  56. Cam

    This never should have become a racist issue. It should a legal issue. I expect my government to enforce all their laws and not just the ones they care to enforce. If I have a legal issue on any law it is handled by the laws that we have set up. If the government can choose what laws are enforceable then why can't I have that option as well. You know what would happen to our society. Well I say that allowing any illegal into the states is breaking a law. It's a law that needs to be enforced or rewritten. It doesn't matter if the person that is illegal, is Mexican, central American, Chinese, or Canadian. If you do not have the proper visa, passport or identification and are her illegally then, as of now, you are breaking a federal law.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  57. GrandOldPatsy

    Just because a bunch of greedy mill owners brought people here illegally does not mean they get my sympathy or my tax dollars. The legal citizens of hispanic descent should have nothing to worry about, and nothing to say when their illegal relatives get deported.

    December 14, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  58. OVIDIO

    WE RUN A FAMILY DAIRY FARM IN DURANGO, MEXICO. EVERY SPRING, WE RECEIVE THE VISIT OF SOME FRIENDS FROM WISCONSIN AND MINNESOTA WHO ALSO DAIRY. THEY COME LOOKING FOR PEOPLE INTERESTED IN WORKING AT THEIR FARMS. WE LET THEM CHOOSE THE PEOPLE AND THEY GO TO THE AMERICAN CONSULATE IN MONTERREY TO GET THEM A VISA AND NEXT DAY THEY ALL FLY TOGETHER TO THEIR DESTINATION. WHEN I ASK MY FELLOW AMERICANS THE REASON FOR COMING TO MEXICO LOOKING FOR WORKERS. WE SURE DO NOT MILK COWS IN THE SNOW, THE RESPONSE I GET IS THAT PEOPLE NO LONGER WANT TO MILK, FEED AND TAKE CARE OF COWS FOR USD 8 AN HOUR. EVEN THE FAMILI MEMBERS THAT GO TO COLLEGE, MANY DO NOY COME BACK TO THE FARMAS AFTER GRADUATION TO TAKE CARE OF THE HERD. MANY TAKE JOBS IN THE CITIES.
    THEY MENTION THAT PEOPLE ARE BETTER OFF DEPENDING ON WELFARE AND FOOD STAMPS THAN MILKING COWS AT TEN BELOW ZERO FOR LOW WAGE.
    IN A WAY, I BELIEVE INMIGRANTS COMLEMENT AND DO NOT COMPETE WITH THE AMERICAN LABOR FORCE AS EXPLAINED IN THE EXAMPLE ABOVE.
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM DURANGO MEXICO

    December 14, 2011 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Mara

      Well, Ovidio, you nailed the issue with this phrase "PEOPLE ARE BETTER OFF DEPENDING ON WELFARE AND FOOD STAMPS THAN MILKING COWS AT TEN BELOW ZERO FOR LOW WAGE." The problem ISN'T that your friends can't find workers to milk their cows, it's that they aren't willing to pay American wages to secure those legal workers. Your friends' *greed* is what brings them to Mexico, not American's unwillingness to do the work. Don't try to hide the truth. It is the GREED of employers like your friends that has gotten us into this situation. Don't think we don't know how the game is played. Your friends 'advertise' in some small town weekly offering low wages and uncomfortable working conditions, and then when nobody answers their ad – VOILA!! – They can now legally import cheap labor with the blessings of the Government. Instead of offering decent pay for such challenging work, they bring in people who aren't used to having rights and being treated humanely. But I will give your buddies one thing....at least they bring their low-wage scab workers in legally.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
      • jdk

        A worker visa in one day at the US consulate.... uhhh Im thinking not so legal!!!

        December 14, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Deport Pedro

      LOW WAGE!!! Enough said.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  59. dk

    Could you imagine all the taxes we can collect if we legalized these illegal immigrants? What's up IRS! Go bug the illegals and leave the rest of us alone.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      Yes, deport them instead.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
    • richard

      how are any taxes going to be collected? they are all low wage and heavy in the anchor babie department. this will result in a refund for them coming off the backs of the people that actually pay taxes.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom P

      Don't you think the taxes are already being collected? So you think the employers are paying them off the books? That's not usually the case.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
      • RiseAgain

        not nearly enough taxes are being paid.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  60. dk

    As a naturalized U.S. citizen, I can honestly tell you that it's pretty hard to become a legal resident in this country.
    1. You have to be sponsored by an immediate family member who is a legal resident or citizen.
    2. Marry a legal resident or a citizen.
    3. Sponsored by a company to legally work in this country
    The problem with option #3 is that it's a temporary work visa. I think H1-B visa which is given out to immigrants who work in a specialized field such as medical, technology, and arts can one day apply to become a legal resident. A general laborer will never qualify to become a legal resident. So that's the biggest reason why there are a lot of illegal immigrants in this country. Some come as students and/or tourists and end of marrying someone legal to gain status, a lot don't and just extend their stay and live under the radar.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • sharky

      So? That is the point. The point is 1) having a quota, we cannot just let everyone and anyone in, and 2) letting the actual LEGALLY born citizens of the country having the first pick and opportunity over immigrants. Countries have to take care of their own people first. If you do not like it, then please return to your country of origin.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • hilo, HI

      It is hard to become a legal citizen of just about every country.

      It is also hard to get a pile of money. This doesn't OK just stealing it.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Dirk

      I had to go through the same process and did it. If we really need that many workers in the US then the government should streamline the process. Otherwise it's just a matter of business trying to get cheap labor. BTW, if our need for workers is that great then why is our unemployment rate almost 10 percent?

      December 14, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  61. James

    Why is it that the media and hispanics cannot distunguish between legal and illegal. Nobody wants to do anything to legal hispanics. You are welcome here. But barging in here illegally really demeans the meaning of this Nation. You cannot do this in Mexico or any other central american country so why would hispanics want that here. This debate has been hijacked by 3rd world political groups, hispanic politicians and the media for their own benefits. But look at the sheer mess it has created in every single state in the union. If Mexico was sending it's educated and talented people we would prosper but we cannot absorb uneducated masses that are not willing to assimilate, behave and follow the rules.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • hilo, HI

      It's easier to play the Evil Whitie Race Card, than to enforce a nation's immigration laws.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • AZpatriot

      @ James: the sheer mess you speak of is sheer B.S.
      what has been created is fear of becoming a minoruty.
      you are a scared little boy.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Dirk

      It is a known fact that Mexico treats illegal residents from South America, etc, like yesterday's trash, but yet the Mexican Government is one of the most vocal critics of US policies toward mexican residents illagally entering the US. Why is that?

      December 14, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  62. Diana

    HERNANDO DE SOTO DISCOVERED THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND EXPLORED MOST OF GEORGIA, ALABAMA AND ARKANSAS WHILE THE BRITISH PILGRIMS WERE STILL GROUNDED AT A LONDON CONCENTRATION CAMP!!...SO STOP YOUR RACISM PEOPLE, THE HISPANICS CAME FIRST!! AND SPANISH WAS THE FIRST EUROPEAN LANGUAGE SPOKEN IN NORTH AMERICA.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      The Spaniards were WHITE EUROPEANS, therefore White Europeans came here first. What we are getting now is a motley crew of mix-raced Mestizos from south of the border. Further, when the Europeans arrived, there were no roads, no buildings, no government, no nation. Today's "immigrants" are arriving at an ALREADY ESTABLISHED NATION where they are treated to subsidized housing, medical care and other social services. We cannot afford this situation any longer.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jorge

        SOOOOO, racism is not at issue here, is it ?????

        December 14, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Learn something before you speak. Desoto was Spanish, as in from spain. Hispanic means from hispinola, aka the carabean. The mexicans have as much right to america as americans have a right to china, that is f-ing zero.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Spanish was the first language spoken in North America? LOL, Tell that to the Vikings.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • randy

      diana the american indian native to this land was here first

      December 14, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Dennn

      Diana....Hernando was a Spaniard....he was white. But I'm sure he spoke Spanish so atleast you have that going for you!

      December 14, 2011 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
    • RiseAgain

      acutally it was the Chinese Diana – so get over yourself.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  63. Froggy

    Racism has nothing to do with it. It has everything to do with rule of law. If someone is here legally, I wish them all the best and will bend over backwards to make sure they have all the rights and protections we have to offer. If someone is here illegally, whether they are from Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia, or Mars, they are breaking the law and should suffer the consequences. If I rob a bank, it is illegal and I will go to jail, etc. If I am in the country illegally, it is illegal and I will get kicked out. The other problem lies with people who hire the illegals. People who knowingly hire illegal workers make things exponentially worse as without them there would be much less incentive for illegals to come here. My ancestors immigrated to this country and I have nothing but support for anyone who wants to do the same, as long as they don't break the law. Fill out the paperwork, wait your turn, and soon you too can be an obnoxious American and have your tax dollars misspent by corrupt politicians you helped elect.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  64. dk

    I don't understand our government, it's like they laid out a red carpet for illegal immigrants to invade this country. Why do I get the impression that Spanish is basically the official 2nd language in this country? I am a first generation immigrant and I have been in this country for almost 30 years and I never had the luxury of choosing #2 for my native language. I think the fact is that our government and the private sector has accepted Spanish as the official 2nd language in this country because they are the only group out of everyone else in this planet who has a hard time learning English.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tensai 13

      Que estas diciendo? Hable espanol!

      December 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      SPANISH WAS THE FIRST EUROPEAN LANGUAGE SPOKEN IN NORTH AMERICA....!!

      December 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • dk

        Yes I know my history, but i'm talking about now. Our official language is English not Spanish. I'm sure if I go to Mexico's DMV I wouldn't have the choice to test my test in English. I studied many languages and make the attempt to use it when i'm outside the United States.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
      • Ian

        you are so full of Crap Diana, it was not Spanish, it was the language of the Vikings. You're just as bad as racist white people.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
      • Saiko

        English is NOT official language of United States of America. I think it may be too late now to change it...

        December 14, 2011 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
      • RiseAgain

        who cares if it was the first European language spoken here. The Chinese were here before the Europeans, and so on.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
      • mm

        I'm pretty sure the first language of North America were that of Native American tribes, not the Spanish. Try again.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • hilo, HI

      dk, short version, it's not about cheap labor, it's about who will spend the most -appeasing corporations. The UNSUSTAINABLE high LAtin birthrate 5.6 (3rd World Recipe) will spend 100s of BILLIONS more (Tax-payers get most of this bill) -than US sustainable 2.1 birthrate. (also why we have/had less poverty, middle class to fund all these social services for poor over-breeders) 2 KIDS OR 6 KIDS --WHO WILL SPEND MORE AT WALMART, HUGGIES, DISNEY PEPSI, MCDONALDS, ***MONSANTO*** MERCK, PRIVATE PRISON CONTRACTORS. etc etc

      It doesn't matter that opening the floodgates of illegal immigration is NOT working for America. It works quite well for corporations.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  65. disgustedNY

    Another day, another CNN Latino/Muslim story.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  66. pogojo

    The Sc will rule on illegals soon, lets see what they have to say

    December 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  67. outtamywayracists

    Im so disgusted with how overtly racist my country has become. But Im not discouraged. This country is too good to be kept down by backward thinking. This latest phase of anti immigrant nonsense will pass like all other revolting anti immigrant periods in our countrys history. Hopefully, such backward thinking will never rear its ugly mug again. We move forward or get left behind.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dk

      It'll be all history one day. The immigrants are multiplying faster than the Caucasian citizens. The Latinos and Asians are popping babies left and right. Plus, inter-racial marriages will blend all the races into one someday.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      has become raceest? really? when has the US not been raceest? we were founded on it.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • AZpatriot

      thanks for that.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • RiseAgain

      I'm so digusted that you expect legal working women to support ILLEGAL stay-at-home moms and their children.
      I'm so disgusted that you don't understand that my daughter and myself live in fear of so many ILLEGAL men who orginate from a culture of lawlessness.
      Ever think of that Mr. Nice Guy?

      December 14, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
      • RiseAgain

        forgot to add, my daugher is half-Asian, so don't play the race card.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  68. The same old excuse

    "Police are racist here,” one bakery owner... told CNN." This doesn't seem to be consistent with the rest of the article.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  69. sickofmorons

    In 2001 it was 'hate the Muslims, they are destroying us'. When the politicians realized how much money they made from Muslim countries through oil they changed it to 'hate illegal immigrants (specifically Mexicans)' because the only thing the politicians use from Mexico is the drugs. Wonder who it will be tomorrow? Brunettes? Short people? People who drive blue cars? Think it sounds ridiculous? Yeah, so did those in Europe in the 1920's and 30's when they were hearing such talk coming from a small group in Germany.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      you are simply stupid. America was fed up with illigal imigrants long before 9/11, and to compaire wanting to get rid of invaders to wanting to exicute citizens is 100 % wrong, and not what anyone has said, but it is the impression the left wants of anyone who wants these parisites gone.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
      • AZpatriot

        @mickey1313: you are one of the morons that
        he is talking about.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Chaka Chaka ChakaKahn

      OMG I'm short, brunette, AND drive a blue car!

      December 14, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  70. DDM

    USA has already tried amnesty for illegals – and 1986 law's amnesty provision has merely provided an incentive for others to come to America illegally. Another amnesty will do the same – will only encourage more illegals to weasel their way into the system, lay low, and await yet another amnesty. Free education, free student breakfast, lunch, welfare handouts, free birthing at the hospitals, drive uninsured and unlicensed, etc – why not? Not to mention those who come with criminal or terrorist intent. Bring our soldiers home and let them man our borders!

    December 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  71. msadr

    I've said this before, but it's worth saying again. Immigration law is a way of maintaining a healthy economy. When the number of young people who can work gets too low, you loosen up immigration law. When the number of young people who can work is very high, you tighten up immigration law. At this point, the USA does not need unskilled immigrants. We should be restricting immigration to people who have unusual skills that our citizens need to learn. When the demographics change dramatically, we can let in all the poor Mexicans. But right now, that's the last thing we need. I can think of at least 6 teenagers in my atlanta neighborhood who should be working at a carpet factory in Dalton instead of playing COD and draining the pockets of their parents.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  72. msadr

    I think we should fine the carpet manufacturers into oblivion for hiring what amounts to illegal slave labor from across the border. I never liked carpet anyway. I never liked Dalton either.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  73. JavaBen

    If illegals had not been hired, then the carpet companies would have had to pay higher wages to Americans, and American's would have benefited from these jobs. Yes, our carpets would have cost a little more, but the money would have stayed in the USA where it would have circulated hundreds of times instead of being sent to Mexico where it is intercepted by the drug cartels. My cousin was killed by a drunk illegal Mexican without any insurance, who skipped out as soon as he posted bail. And the NC state and citizens had to pay for his care because that sorry drunk Mexican didn't have insurance, for the next 6.5 years while his brain damaged body withered away.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DAISHI

      People would probably have bought carpet from China instead.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • JavaBen

        That may be true, but we wouldn't have them on our welfare rolls in that case.

        December 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Vermilionskin

    I'm not American and not in the US, my boyfriend is Mexican but he was born in the US, a Veteran (US Marine) who served his country and now studying to get a Degree. Not all Mexicans or Latinos are illegal or destroyers.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • linkspast

      True my friend, but there are a lot of ignorant "Americans" who don't seem to understand that.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mark

        Well said!

        December 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • RiseAgain

        ILLEGALS are not welcome. before you call me racist, my daughter is half, my family has Cubans, and we all want the ILLEGALS AND THEIR CHILDREN, OUT.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • well....

      No one is saying all Latinos are illegals. Please stop trying to blur the line between LEGAL immigrants and ILLEGAL immigrants.

      It's dishonest.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Vermilionskin

        It is not me, its some of the comments here that put all Mexican and Latinos in the Box of "Unwanted immigrants legal or illegal". Thought to clear the confusion with an example from my real life.

        December 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • RiseAgain

      ah, how can your boyfriend be Mexican if he was born in the US? of course, we'd be happy to oblige if his parents were ILLEGAL.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
      • RiseAgain

        I quote your quote: "my boyfriend is Mexican but he was born in the US".
        I do believe you said that.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      He is Mexican, but born in the US, that would make him an American, not a Mexican. Mexcian is a nationality, not a race or ethnicity. I guess his allegience is with Mexico? He cannot call himself an American?

      December 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mara

      Vermilionskin, if your boyfriend was born in the U.S. then he *isn't* "Mexican". He is an American. His parents may be Mexican, but by virtue of our out-dated citizenship laws...he is, himself, an American. And that's true whether his parents were legal immigrants or illegal aliens. We are the ONLY country where the nationality of the parent means *nothing*. Whether you're a tourist visiting, an illegal who snuck in, an actual immigrant, or a legal permanent resident...if you're on American soil when the kid pops out, it's an AMERICAN. Your boyfriend may be an Hispanic, but he isn't a Mexican. And tell him I thank him for his service.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  75. Rob Galloway

    Yea, if your not allowed to be here then you should leave. Go back to Mexico, take what skills and money you've gained here and create jobs there. Everyone always says illigals are such hard workers then why is Mexico having such an issue developing? Why cant we all stay in the country we were born in and be a patriot?

    December 13, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      Why is that everyone says: Mexicans are the only illegals? what about Colombians ,Venezueal,Cubans,Panamenians,and all the other Countries/ the Mexicans is least keep our lawns beautiful and clean dishes in restaurants,and babysit our kids,instead the Cubans come here and took over Miami now hey call Miami the Cuba capital.....the boreder is used by all the illegals not only the Mexican people get the records straight! Illegal is illegals like drugs or arms anyone illegal should be DEPORTED!

      December 14, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
      • RiseAgain

        oh please Maria, not EVERYONE says ALL ILLEGALS are Mexicans. get a brain.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Mara

        is there a difference? From the non-American born hispanics I've met, it seems to me that the hispanic culture is pretty much the same whether you're in Mexico, Guatamala, or Peru. Criminal, uncleanly, misogynistic, and prone to violent outbursts. Look at any of the hispanic countries – their social norms, their culture, their 'legal' systems – and you'll see there's not a dimes bit of difference between any of them. So, they're 'mexican' since most of 'em come up through Mexico.

        And why should WE give them the courtesy of caring about their nationalities when they show us so little by spitting on our laws and social norms?

        December 15, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  76. Anglo1

    I am reading this article and looking to my front yard. Do I want to do the lawn ? Do I want to clean the windows of my house ? Fix the fence ? Let them stay ! Taxes? With the crap salary the have they will be exempt anyways. In the same way I pay taxes in everything I buy, they do it also. If every American unemployed apply for the job opportunities available everybody will be working. But the fact is most Americans don’t want to do what immigrants do. If they all be deported this country will be a mess ! Bad with them, worst without them !

    December 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • FYI

      Nonsense! We have plenty of people to do those jobs. We just have to get beyond political correctness.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anglo1

        Really ???? I don't know even one american who want to do what an illegal does. I don't want to do it. By the way, what do you do ? I bet it's not a "imigrant job" .

        December 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      its not a matter of what a person, any one person will do, but at what price. I want carpet made here, but, i want the mills to paya fair wage, if they get no takers other than ill legals, then wages are prob way to low. what happens is that more families have kids that qualify for free meals, free health care, etc. havings and raising kids on low paying jobs costs in the end.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anglo1

        You are probably right, the problem is we always look for the best price when we shop, then the business owner has two options: Move his business to China or hire illegals with lower wages to compete in the market. If we all agree to buy products made in America ONLY, then we can think about complain with the business owner.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • JavaBen

      Sounds like you need to Mexico and hire some legals to do your services.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anglo1

        I don't need to go there, they are here already....

        December 14, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      So illegals should stay because you're too lazy to be maintain your house and lawn? How about buying a condo instead of employing criminals?

      December 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anglo1

        No, because I receive 45 bucks per hour ! If I spend 2 hours in my front yard that's gona cost me 90 dollars. A mexican can do it for 20.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • DDM

      Quit extending those UN-earned unemployment benefits and we will see that Americans will get back to work and do those jobs.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anglo1

        True !

        December 14, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • dk

      Hey didn't they have an episode about what you're saying on South Park? It's a fact that what Americans buy in the grocery stores, food/hospitality services, manufacturing, and general labor work are done mostly by illegal immigrants from all around the world (not just Latinos). United States is the land of opportunity and as long there is opportunity here in the states, you'll have illegal immigrant workers. This land is found by illegal immigrants, go ask the native Americans. So, who is right to make the rules when our government was established here illegally? LMAO

      December 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mara

        you're an idiot. The founders of this country weren't 'illegal immigrants' regardless of how they treated the Native Americans. They could not have been because in the 18th Century, there were no laws regarding migration! It's like saying the Founders were bootleggers because they distilled their own whiskey. Yeah, two hundred-plus years ago, you COULD move about the globe without restriction. But guess what? YOU CAN'T DO THAT ANYMORE. Two hundred-plus years ago, you COULD own another human being. But guess what? YOU CAN'T DO THAT ANYMORE. Heck, *fifty years ago* you could rape your wife, beat your children, and lynch an black person...BUT YOU CAN'T DO THAT ANYMORE! (and a d*** good thing, too!!) If you want to call the founding fathers 'illegal', go right ahead. But it's no more true than me calling you an intelligent, well-spoken, advocate for honesty and decency. And really, it just shows how ignorant you truly are.

        Idiot.

        December 15, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Smooth O Perator

      Well, no one pays sales tax in Oregon, but I get your point

      December 14, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
    • RiseAgain

      says who? that Americans won't do the work ILLEGALS do. who did the work before they invaded?

      December 14, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Anglo1

        Slaves !!!

        December 14, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • jdk

      Why dont you do it? Because your a lazy POS with no work ethics or morals. Your afraid of a little hard work for a pay off. You think the American way is to have everything handed to you for free or cheap. Remind you of anything.... maybe like welfare.
      YOU ARE A PART OF THE GODD@MNED PROBLEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 14, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
      • Anglo1

        Bla, bla, bla.... Get real. I don't want to do it, you don't want to do it, the mexican doesn't want to do it ! But we have a option, the mexican doesn't.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  77. JOSE0311USMC

    MEXICANS THEY MOVE IN AND TAKE OVER THE TOWN–SCHOOLS-THE PARKS.......MY TOWN LOOKS LIKE A TOWN IN MEXICO...WAUKEGAN, ILLINOIS. WAUKEGAN WAS A GREAT TOWN 40 YEARS AGO...POPULATION 40 ,000 NOW IS OVER 100,000 75 % MEXICAN ILLEGALS.

    December 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      Very interesting your town is growing, most of mid west towns are loosing population and dying (may be because the main employer is Walmart and everything they sale is made in China).

      December 13, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dk

      Pretty soon the Latinos will take over this country. I think last year's census was at 53% Caucasians. In 50-100 years the Caucasians will be the minority. In the next 100 years you'll probably see a Latino, Asian, or even a Muslim president in this country.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Maria

        Yes they keep it breeding like dogs and popping babies like rabbits ,of course they are not worry about the kids we pay for them since the moment they born until they go to College all pay by our taxes,we pay for all that ,they don't pay taxes we do! the Government take care of them and they instead use and abuse the system! meanwhile we are retired and still had to work the Government don't help us the way they should,the illegals here has more benefits than us the citizens of this Country.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
      • abtime

        The "Latinos" are as "white" as any other white person. Like Italians (now white) and Irish(now white) they too will be "white people." The color of your skin determines your "race" in America. Ask "American" white people their national origin and it will not be America for their ancestors. This bigotted talk is historical(hated the Irish and Italians) from heartless hypocrites who talk about the "law" like it's religious. They break every law they can get away with. Speeding laws, being one group, that not only costs money but, more importantly, lives as well.

        Certain white groups are no longer able to reproduce so they hate those who can, hence the ignorant rabbit comparisons. See how they steal and sell their children to and from each other. Harboring the levels of hate they have in them, the sooner the world is cleansed of that bad energy the sooner it can become the place it was originally created to be, a haven for mankind caring for each other and what has been placed here for us.

        December 14, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • dk

      I'm sure they're not all illegals. A town needs tax money to sustain infrastructure. Lucky you, must have awesome Mexican food in your town. I can't seem to find any good ones here, most of the Latinos where I live are mostly from El Salvador. I wish there were more Mexicans and Chinese in my city, we have lousy Chinese and Mexican restaurants.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Ma T Rialgirl

      the sky is falling! the sky is falling! Honestly though- I'm sure your town thought "oh god the Irish are moving in!" about 150 years ago or whatever. 100 years from now all the Mexicans will be freaking out about the Chinese moving in everywhere. That's life.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  78. kennedy609

    I like the latinos, from everything I have seen, for the most part they are hard-working people and will take any job before trying to get financial assistance. They are trying to better their families lives, just like our great and great-great grandparents did by coming to America, they have every right to be here too. They are hard-working and I have a lot more respect for them than a certain other ethnic minority who will do anything to avoid working.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Hard working people. We need them in this country

      December 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • JavaBen

        Mexico needs them more.

        December 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • RiseAgain

      I can assure you, legal women do not like be exposed to large numbers of illegal MEN.
      Like them all you want, ever think of it from a women's or girl's perspective?

      December 14, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  79. Y2Johnson

    All I know is that girl in the red pants is smokin' hot. I'd hit it.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      I agree. I wouldnt care about her legal status.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      LOL..HEY THAT IS NOT THE TOPIC HERE LOL.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cucarracha

      That depends. You don't know what is "South of her border" if catch my drift.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JavaBen

      Give her an anchor baby, fur sure!

      December 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • RiseAgain

      not an accurate represention, I assure you.

      December 14, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  80. USAPROUD2B

    The comments regarding this article are split up into different groups. First their is a need to respect the laws of the land in which you reside (ALL OF THEM). Second, yes the Federal goverment needs to step up to it's responsibilites anand ENFORCE the laws it claims to have the SOLE authority to enforce! Now, let me get to the other issue; the rasist element! I find it interesting at the very least that the ones that tend to be racist here forget the ugly past history we have here: Yes, the land was stripped from the Native Americans, there were "land grabs" (Greed), theaboriganal NATIVE AMERICANS were forced into assimulation in ways that woul make you SICK! Then the same rasist group complains about the AFRICAN AMERICANS and tend to forget their ancestors role in that shananagan as well be capturing human beings (kidnapping) and turning them into FREE LABOR (Greed). This same grou will then continue to complain in every discussion group without offering a realistic solution or stepping back and seeing their ancestors role in creating the situations we live in today! And yes Mr. Jones/Mr. Smith it is unconfortable to have your living space encrouched on but they (Hispanics) have not forced you onto a reservation nor have the attempted to extinguish your culture through force, for instance the Native children that had their mouthwashed out with soap for speaking there ansestoral language! So, Mr. Jones/Smith until you have walked in anothers shoes for once (for real) then I will take your comments with a grain of salt! God Bless America as we move ahead!

    December 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOfYourComplaining

      Mr. Jones? Mr. Smith?

      December 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      'my people' came from europe after slavery. balck africans were also involved in the slave trade. sold each other out.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • DDM

      The capturing human beings (kidnapping) was done by Arabs and Africans. Unfortunately, this human cargo was then brought to the Americas.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  81. WDinDallas

    Check them all for legal status. Why do we even have an immigration dept. under this illegal Obama?

    December 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emigdio

      not all latinos are illegal immigrants.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        most that do the Sh_t work are....and mexican or central american.

        December 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • changomango

        No, but 1 in 4 are (probably higher since the exact number of illegal aliens isn't known).

        December 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC

        PR ARE LEGAL.

        December 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beth

        Exactly! So, what's the problem?

        December 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • RiseAgain

        Love the LEGAL LATINOS.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • ThatMan

      Well, there goes the neighborhood.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      OBAMA LOVE ILLEGALS, HE WANTS THEIR VOTES AFTER HE GIVE THEM AMNESTY ..

      December 13, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  82. William

    In order for America to remain strong, everyone that comes to this country needs to find common ground. Language is the first thing because it allows us to communicate with one another, unless of course that isn't the motive for immigrating here. Illegal immigration is a serious problem in this country but the only way to stop it is to put teeth in existing laws that prevent anyone from being hired that doesn't hold a valid citizenship status. On the other hand that would raise the cost of everything, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because it would result in a higher standard of living. A secondary issue/concern is that Illegal immigrants tend to gravitate to and live in communities that accommodate their way of life so nothing changes. It's self defeating and undermines progress on many levels such as pursuing an advanced education and assimilating into mainstream society. It also causes resentment. Our education system needs to stop teaching English as a second language year after year and force immersion on new immigrants so they don't get caught up in the cycle of futility. Finally, just watch a world cup match and you will notice everyone supports the opposing team over the United States. They hate this country yet need it to survive. It's deeply ingrained in their psyche. Their culture and language always supersede being American, which tells you little about their priorities. Trust me, I have lived throughout the world and understand the game.

    December 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • upstate guy

      Very well said William. First and foremost, learn English if you move to the USA. Companies need to stop printing Spanish on everything. English only if made in the USA or overseas for the USA. Humans will always read their native language if they can choose between theirs and one they don't know ( hey when in Europe I look for English as I can't read German, Italian, etc). But I go as a tourist for 2-3 weeks, not to live there. Here in upstate NY, one hears Russian, Ukrainian as much as Spanish, but these immigrants are here legally, and are assimilating, don't expect to hear or see their native language on merchandise, papers, etc.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  83. theinfidel2

    If you want to see what happens to your culture/country if you are unable to stop waves of illegals who refuse to assimilate, look at the fate of Native Amerricans in this country. It's shear hyporicy when the libearls in this country (and I count myself as one) lament the plight of the "Indians" who were wiped out by waves of illegal Europeans and then defend the illegal Latinos in the same breath. Want to live on a reservation? Let the illegals in and don't ecourage assimilation ... Don't believe it's gonna happen? Once again, look at the Native Americans. Also, the only reason why Texas is American today, is becasue Mexicans could not prevent an illegal immigration of the Yankees who refused to assimilate...so if Mexicans complain to us about stealing thier Texas from them, they should understand how we feel about others "stealing" our country from us...Oh, and I am an assimilated 1st generation LEGAL immigrant....

    December 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beanfarts

      It should be a lesson to us all.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • kennedy609

      actually your entire point is based on sheer hypocrisy because you are now defending the america that the "illegal european" immigrants founded, yet at the same time you are against the face of america being changed again. Americans need to realize that global stratification is breaking down and accept it. And quite frankly it's about damn time.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • dk

        I agree with what you're saying, but English is the official language of this country. When did Spanish become the "2nd official language", why not Chinese, German, or Russian? Have you ever been to Florida? I thought I landed in Mexico. Everything was repeated in Spanish. Our government is not doing a favor to these Latinos by making it harder for them to learn English, why really learn English when you can always press #2 for Spanish

        December 14, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
      • mm

        Kennedy, these illegal europeans you speak of risked their lives to set up a free nation so that its future inhabitants, namely you, would have the opportunity to forge your own destiny. This was not a nation at the time of the arrival of the europeans. They set in place laws that would eventually give birth to the unites states. It takes a lot of courage to come by boat in the 1700's, lose children and spouces and risk everything you own for a an idea that would eventually benefit you. You should be more greatful about our nation's history and give thanks to those european pioneers who allowed you to live in freedom today. You should stop spewing out liberal filth and get educated about the history of your great country. But then again, small minds like you look to Real Housewives, Jerry Springer or liberal drivel to get your so-called education.

        December 14, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  84. Emily

    Those who say "there will no more America" Come on. I understand the name of this country is the United States of America.. It has the "America" in the end so, it is called that way more often. But, America is the entire continent from north to south and including the caribbean islands in the Atlantic, and some other islands or territories along the Pacific side. So, I'd say Hispanics are more native to this entire land call America or the Americas, than our European ancestors who came here ILLEGALLY for the most part. They went through a lot of hardships in their time, same as some hispanics are going through now. How easy we forget our own history, of course, we're so blessed now for being "true americans.." right.

    December 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yago

      Illegal Immigration, since 1492

      December 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beanfarts

      And exactly what laws were broken when the europeans arrived?

      That was over 400 years ago, are you kidding me?

      December 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • CT

        so if a person raped and murdered somebody 400 years ago in N. America, it is acceptable because there was no law against it?

        December 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        @Ct arguing with people like you is just......pointless.

        December 13, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      THE TIME TO SAY NO MORE IMMIGRATION IS NOW. AMERICA DO NOT NEED MORE IMMIGRANTS-OR ILLEGALS.. TIME TO CLOSE THE IMMIGRATION DOORS FOR GOOD. AM A HISPANIC GUY SO DON'T CALL ME A BIGOT.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • msadr

      It doesn't matter who's native. It matters who's paying.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RiseAgain

      ILLEGAL Mexicans have their own country with plenty of resources – look at a map. They have not managed their resources very well, have they?

      December 14, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  85. Will1236546

    I live about 5 miles from Dalton and they relationship between hispanics and whites is anything but "seamless". The whole town is a complete dump now because of these people. This article is a sham.

    December 13, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JavaBen

      Better pray one of those illegals doesn't get drunk and kill your relatives like they did to my cousin. After 30 years of work, he had exactly 1 month of retirement before one drunk Mexican ran off the road on the wrong side of the road and struck him at his mailbox, giving him permanent brain damage. He spent the rest of his life 6.5 years in bed, barely able to speak or recognize family. The state of NC and their citizens had to pay for his health care because the drunk Mexican, who skipped out on bail btw, didn't have any insurance. Do you know who pays for this? The good old American citizen that buys insurance has to also buy an uninsured premium for these sorry blood-suckers. Let them go home and create jobs or do their drunk driving there.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • msadr

      Agreed! I've been to dalton. awful slum now.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  86. WVLady63

    If you uphold the law in the U.S. you are immediately dubbed a racist or a bigot. IF YOU ARE HERE ILLEGALLY, GO HOME, WE DO NOT WANT YOU HERE!!! Our tax dollars feed, house, clothe, educate and medicate these people. I MUST PAY FOR ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED WITH MY TAX DOLLARS AND I AM SICK TO DEATH OF ILLEGALS GETTING EVERYTHING THEY DEMAND!!! I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD HEALTH INSURANCE!!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • changomango

      While many Americans (in the name of political correctness, tolerance or compassion) continue to capitulate to the demands and the needs of illegals, they will continue to abuse our sympathy, our system and our tolerance.

      Don't forget the millions of Americans who've been victimized by illegal aliens!

      December 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dodgers2012

      Los Angeles is a perfect example of the degradation of the quality of life due to the influx of illegal immigrants (and not just Mexicans).

      December 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ray

        Yeah" the out of State Anglos like you. Hit the road jack and don't come back no mo"

        December 13, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        @ ray just take a drive down the 710 and you can see all of the beautiful graffitti laden bridges and walls not to mention your thriving neighborhoods. Just a shining beacon of Mestizo pride....

        December 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • dcanonymom

        Los Angeles? Try CALIFORNIA–as in the whole state!

        December 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yago

      ignorant

      December 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yago

      one day, one guy that thinks exactly like you will execute something like this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16161746

      December 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatMan

      Interesting fact:
      The FBI's Most Wanted List for Murder contains 65 names and photos. Guess how many are Hispanic 40. Case closed.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Maria

        I am surprised,here in Florida you open two pages at the newspaper and from those only two are NOT latinos every photo from this criminals are Latinos! not only that but ILLEGALS ! name any crime they are on it! and they complain why Americans don't like them,you can see when Latinos live in certain areas they are slums,ghetto type ,is says "here are the Latinos" I stay away from them! police cars in every corner,babies all arouns typical latino.....

        December 14, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC

      LADY , I AGREE WITH YOU....AMERICANS ARE SICK AND TIRED OF PAYING THEIR HOSPITAL BILLS-SCHOOLING–WELFARE-UNEMPLOYMENT.. WE HAVE OUR OWN FAMILIES TO SUPPORT, WE DO NOT NEED MORE PEOPLE. BY THE WAY AM A HISPANIC , PR GUY RAISED HERE. DON'T CALL ME A BIGOT.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  87. changomango

    “Police are racist here,” one bakery owner-This reiterates the Mexican mindset, those that uphold the law are "racists" and those that break the law are "victims".

    December 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dodgers2012

      now the rest of the country is starting to feel what LA has been going through for 30 years....stop it now before its too late.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JLS639

      I have known people from the Dalton area. They are the most unabashedly and unapologetically racist group I know in the state. Occasionally I will meet a person who is unabashedly racist. Every male I knew at the University of Georgia from that area was openly racist (and religiously bigoted, too). It was extraordinary. Another person I knew in high school said he was glad to have moved away from Dalton because of all the racism. They only accept Latinos and Asians because the alternative was to recruit African Americans from other parts of the state to come work in the carpet mills.

      December 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • JLS639

        I mean every male from the Dalton area was openly racist. Editing error.

        December 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • JavaBen

        You sound like you are raciest towards Americans. What is your beef with the police that are trying to protect American citizens? You sound like you need to move somewhere else. You don't sound like you are from Georgia.

        December 13, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • JavaBen

        Please explain just what your superior knowledge is that allows you to brand "EVERY MALE" as raciest? You really must be some super supreme hot smart intelligent person to know, ALL OF THE MALES in Georgia, and to know, by your own deductive reasoning, that ALL are raciest. That's painting with a pretty broad brush.......seems like when people used to use that type of description to describe blacks in America, they were branded as raciest.....gosh – does that mean you are raciest? Or regionalist? Or homephobic? Or .... dang. Your superior insight is just stunning. Well worth the read. Just thought provoking. I mean, you are really worth reading....zzzzzzzz. what a doofus.

        December 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  88. spoo

    who is to say that immigrants have to assimilate by turning into someone else....there is not a single way to be american, and latinos are more americans than others who self proclaim to be the model of how to be american....the anglo american model as the only form of americanism is just bs....all other immigrants coming from diverse parts of the world still speak their native language in ther homes and towns so, suck it up, you all will keep listening to spanish and see latinamerican culture all around for the rest of your life, otherwise move to another country like china...

    December 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredOf Illegals

      Stupid post. YOU figure out the difference of what a illegal and a legal is. Another thing, "A house divided against itself cannot stand". Guess YOU never heard of this either.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dodgers2012

      its the law...simple.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • spiderking

      Other nationalities don't continue to wave a Mexican flag in our faces and act like they are the only people in this country from somewhere else. All of you illegals go back to Mexico. You screwed that country up, now you want to do the same to ours.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Beanfarts

        Perfect example was the US vs Mexico soccer match in Los Angeles....90% were pro Mexico.

        DISGUSTING

        December 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • no bs

        I am not a mexican so this comment is not intended to defend them, but how about during oktoberfest, the german flag is waved, in march (i believe) the irish wave the Ireland flag, and no one says boo about it. Come on, if you are going to complain about something, be fair at least. Oh, I forget, they are white.

        December 13, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        @no Bs its one thing to celebrate heritage. Which btw the Irish and Germans have created more in this nation than Latinos ever will. Besides the point...Its another to blatantly not assimilate.

        December 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • dk

        I am not even close to being a Latino, but the Mexicans owned a good 1/4 of this country before they were forced to sell it. Before 1848, Mexico owned California, Nevada, Utah, parts of Wyoming, parts of Colorado, parts of Arizona, and parts of New Mexico.

        If these ignorant Caucasians know their American history, they'll understand why so many other countries hate them. The intelligent Americans who know their history understand that the American government royally screwed other countries just like Spain and UK.

        December 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dk

      you're being realistic, but how do Latinos get "the special treatment" vs other immigrants who aren't special enough to get an option #2 on the telephone for Spanish? LMAO are you all just lazy to learn English? vs other immigrants from around the world? I think the Latinos have this red carpet treatment because they pop babies like no tomorrow and the only way the government and the private sector can handle these lazy to learn English people is to give them the #2 option.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  89. LDS

    we need to focus on the issues here. It is not about illegals taking over but is about the American people letting them do it. all these companies who hire these Illegals are not own by Mexican or some south American country! They are own by American men and woman who is only worries about there bottom line. and all these arm chairs politician who sit and make comment but do not act then Mexico will be in your backyard soon. Viva Mexico.
    PS i'm from the Caribbean.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dk

      It's pretty simple, don't blame the illegal immigrants. Blame the "Americans" who hire them and our government who knowingly turn blind eye on them. Wasn't there an article some time ago that a politician has a housekeeper who was an illegal immigrant? I bet you my savings that there is at least one politician in this country who knowingly hired an illegal immigrant. I mean what's the chances that you're an illegal immigrant when you can't hardly speak English, duh! Tysons and Perdue chicken factories always love to hire illegal immigrants, that's a fact cuz I lived in a college town near these poultry factories. If the government really wants to stop illegal immigrants they just need to send in inspectors (e.g. health inspectors) to business to audit their staffing. How about these illegal immigrants standing around Home Depot or any other public places looking for day jobs? I mean everyone knows that 99% these are illegal immigrants. That's not racial profiling, it's a probable cause... people just standing around mid-day mid-week being picked up randomly.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cuervo Jones

        thank=you couple of days ago Americas Toughest Sherriff , Joe Arpiehole (you know its true cause he gave himself the nickname) had an Employer Sanction Raid. no employers arrested but they did get 6 workers. guess the employers just ran out the back door and will never be seen again.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  90. ....

    IF latinos are not illegal aliens and properly have obtained citizenship, what's the problem?

    December 13, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dodgers2012

      We are talking about illegal immigrants...

      December 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Emigdio

        but the article is talking about latinos in general.

        December 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  91. donalde123

    what country will they go to next when america is a third world country.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • US guard

      NEXT !!!! Canada???

      December 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dk

      I heard China is booming. It'll be funny one day when I visit China and everything else is repeated in Spanish. I get off the plane and i'm like OMG the Latinos invaded China!

      December 14, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  92. loyd roberts

    All this, "anti this" and, "anti that", in these southern states. I though this was the bible belt, home to the Gospel. Thing I remember most about the bible was tolerance and forgiveness. Must be a different bible and a different Jesus that I learned.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • American Jesus

      Republican Jesus and the and the historical unamerican Jesus are two different people.

      The mormon Jesus is even more different he was invented by a convicted con man and fraud right here in America. Jesus is an evolving American concept – The euro-Christian historical one is a socialistic wimp!

      December 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dodgers2012

      So its unchristian to honor and uphold the laws of the land?

      i'm confused.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • FFFF

      always some apologist libtard that brings a non relevant subject intoi an argument.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Lucy's Mom

    CNN is quickly becoming just another liberal "rag". No objective journalism whatsoever! The illegal aliens from Mexico and South of the Border do not assimilate, as proven by your description of the town of Dalton. Americans are quickly losing ground on our country by invaders from another land that have no intention to conforming to American culture, Dalton sounds like any town in Mexico....disgusting!

    December 13, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb1230

      Man you are pretty ignorant. Go America!

      December 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • changomango

        If we let this continue, their will be no more America in 20 or 50 years! I'm an American of Mexican ancestry, believe me most Mexican immigrants hate this country, it's people and it' traditions. They're allegiance is to Mexico regardless of our tolerance and compassion.

        December 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • William

        In order for America to remain strong, everyone that comes to this country needs to find common ground. Language is the first thing because it allows us to communicate with one another, unless of course that isn't the motive for immigrating here. Illegal immigration is a serious problem in this country but the only way to stop it is to put teeth in existing laws that prevent anyone from being hired that doesn't hold a valid citizenship status. On the other hand that would raise the cost of everything, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because it would result in a higher standard of living. A secondary issue/concern is that Illegal immigrants tend to gravitate to and live in communities that accommodate their way of life so nothing changes. It's self defeating and undermines progress on many levels such as pursuing an advanced education and assimilating into mainstream society. It also causes resentment. Our education system needs to stop teaching English as a second language year after year and force immersion on new immigrants so they don't get caught up in the cycle of futility. Finally, just watch a world cup match and you will notice everyone supports the opposing team over the United States. They hate this country yet need it to survive. It's deeply ingrained in their psyche. Their culture and language always supersede being American, which tells you little about their priorities. Trust me, I have lived throughout the world and understand the game.

        December 13, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • US guard

      Why are those 48% worried – are they here illegally? Oh yes – they committed Federal crimes. Then yes – They CHOULD be worried.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • chris

        CHOULD? lol

        December 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beanfarts

      I bet Dalton smells like urine now.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHOCARES!

      LUCY'S MOM,
      Let me educate you just for a second here... I know that your thick head is not capable of understanding, however I will do my best to inlight you. First of all you are lucky to be a part of one of the welthiest country in the world, now that said I am gonna start the pounding are you ready? You claim to be better than everyone else and that means that you think that you are the center of the world. I don't blame you, probably your parents told you that, but look around you, and find that your culture is changing; if it can be call "the American dream culture" me personally call it a culture of "GREED". Keep up with Johnson's, have lots of stuff, buy the latest gadget and so on. I got news for you, my friend you are NOT the center of the world, be and let it be. If all those people come here is because they weren't fortunate enough to be born here; that's the only difference between you and those people. I know this might not even touch the surface of your ego, nor change your ignorant thinking. I also know that I am wasting my time.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        Its called breaking the law you apologist moron...

        December 13, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      chango....that must be a hint of Mexican ancestry – are you sure?

      December 14, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      It's funny how, when people use their right to associate with whom they please, conservatives call it 'failure to assimilate'. The truth is, they are learning english far faster than the european immigrants ever did, are opening businesses, and are contributing to this economy. Stop trying to cover the real reason you hate them.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  94. Good, leave.

    It is not my duty, nor my country's duty to promote self improvement of ILLEGAL latinos. If you aren't legal, get out and stay out.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • US guard

      Federal Government failed once again to deport them. In fact, Federal government loves them more than its own people. So States should take care of the problem and ask Feds to retire.

      December 13, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Proud Latino

    Accomplish much yourself, Lattino?

    December 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  96. nonsense

    The company's don't care about Latino's or want to draw Latinos anywhere. They care about pushing wages down, no white man is going to move to make a wage you cannot live on. If the carpet mills paid people a little better there would be more than enough white people coming to take some of those jobs. The reason you have to go to Texas to find people is because you are only offering them 5 damn dollars an hour. This is the problem with illegal immigration from Mexico, the people comming are not educated and poor and directly compete with the native born poor people. A good example of this is jobs like fast food, anything construction or home care, a lot of simple manufacturing and farming. All jobs that 50 years ago the poor and most importantly the teenagers would get are not mostly going to Mexican immigrants because they will work for cheaper than anyone else. They do this by drastically lowering their standards of living (i.e. living 15 Mexicans to a 4 bedroom house.) So before anybody mouths off about how Americans should adapt, they are essentially arguing that America's poor should be exploited like third worlders if they want to work.

    December 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Tee

    Another racist garbage story supporting the invaders.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Lattino

    Latinos do not integrate, they do not learn English and they do not respect the U.S. This article is nonsense.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melby Walby

      Wanna bet? Their gets get anglicisms. Their kids become better at English than Spanish

      The only reason you keep seeing people with poor English skills is because they keep immigrating

      December 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melby Walby

      Dangit, I meant "Their kids get anglicisms in their Spanish."

      December 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      That, pretty ignorant of you" My family is Latino, we all speak English and Spanish, 3 brothers are Viet Nam Vets, home owners and tax payers and we bleed RED, WHITE AND BLUE!!!

      December 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        Awesome..a majority of my family has served in Foreign wars..but the questions is are you here illegally?

        December 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Patrick

        Too bad, conservatives want to deport you because of the way you look.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Crappyname

        Are you illegal? doesn't sound like it. I am referring to people that come here illegally. If you are an anchor baby then, yes I am talking to you. However if you have served this nation then you have payed your dues and deserve to enjoy the freedom you fought for. From a Veteran to another.

        December 14, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Elena

      My husband and I are latinos, we were born in Cuba. We are educated, my husband has a PhD and I have a Master's degree, we learned English almost right away, pay high taxes, and are completely integrated. Our latino friends are also highly educated, most of the time more than our anglo friends. We all get along fine because we have common interests. We live in a gated community and many latinos do our landscape, in the summer the temperature is quite hot and there they are working as hard as they can, don't know anyone beside the latinos that would do it, it is easier to go on welfare or beg at the intersection. So please don't say those things about latinos, you must be jealous of us.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Kesha

        @ Elena...What good is a Master's degree when you still have faulty logic? I agree that Latino's are hard-working but to say that Americans are jealous of people who are basically forced to leave their country because of political or economical reasons is absurd. Furthermore, ALL immigrants work hard not just Latinos, there are more Latino immigrants so we see more of them but this does not negate that all immigrants are working hard at laborious jobs. However the difference between many Latino immigrants and African, European and even Asian is a lot of time these immigrants are already educated when they get here. For instance my co-worker's from Turkey. He had a Master's degree when he arrived but still took the dishwashing job until he could get more education and get a better job. I think one of the major issues with Latino immigrants is that they cling to their language too much which does them a disservice when trying to get higher paying jobs.

        December 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • V.

      My entire family is latino and we all speak english, My mother went to NYU and my father too. He is now working in a hospital doing brain surgery and my mother works with veterans who have PTSD.

      December 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Daniel

    Dalton, Ga is a meca of illegals.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      Since the mayor is crying for workers, it sounds like they need to be made legal.

      December 14, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  100. Brian

    I don't blame the immigrants for what their doing. I understand the ideal of trying to improve your lot in life and I understand that while they are breaking a law, they were doing so in some attempt for self improvement. The real criminals in this article are the carpet mills, for fostering an atmosphere that draws in illegal aliens and seeks to profit of them. They are the first people that should be charged. Destroy the businneses that foster the pull for this immigration and you'll help to stem it off.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony Baloney

      S crew you Brian...breaking the law DOES NOT make an attempt at self improvement...pull you head out of you but t...

      December 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
      • 1CAlNative

        NO... S crew U Tony. Brian has a valid point that so many narrow-minded bigots like you don't want to deal with. If the company didn't hire them, they wouldn't be there. If Americans want those jobs, they should go down there and get them, but you don't see that happening, WHY??? Because too many Americans are lazier than the illegals who break the law to come to this country.

        December 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • FFFF

      Brain guarantedd you live in some flyover state. ANd don't pay a dime in income taxes....

      December 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      The business should be penalized. Republicans won't allow that. Illegals should also be penalized. Liberals won't allow that. In the end, we will end up with out a nation, we will be just another Latin country, as dysfunctional as Mexico or Venezuela, or...

      December 14, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
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