Should Tennessee adopt immigration laws similar to Arizona?

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--The Tennessee State House adopting a resolution to commend Arizona on their new tough immigration laws.

We set out to see what your fellow neighbors think about the new laws and Tennessee getting involved.

It turns out, many of you agree with Arizona and Tennessee's new proposal.

Starting in July, Arizona authorities must question people about their immigration status, if they suspect they are in the country illegally.

"Thumbs up Arizona,” exclaimed John Frye, an East Tennessee resident, “I think it's a good idea. I think all states should do it. How else are we going to control it?"

That feeling was shared even by some area immigrants.

“I think immigrants should come to this country by established legal means,” said Michael MacDonald, a Canadian immigrant. "My parents came to this country as immigrants by all the legal procedures. I am an immigrant myself."

The new Tennessee measure would congratulate Arizona lawmakers for protecting their citizens and US borders. But some feel that alone isn’t enough.

"I feel a more unified and concerted effort with all the states would prove to be a bigger driving force than any individual state on its own,” said MacDonald.

"I'm a Tennessean,” said Frye. “I'm a Vol fan and I agree with it one hundred percent. I'm behind the state of Tennessee."

Some members of the Democratic Party have said Tennessee shouldn't get involved in the controversy because it could cause the state to lose hotel and convention business.

"That seems a little far fetched for me,” said MacDonald.

Others think Arizona should be a role model for the rest of the nation.

“I think all states should do it,” Frye said about the state house’s commendation.

We asked Knoxville resident Thomas Watson if he would like to see Tennessee pass a law cracking down on illegal immigration and he responded, “I would."

It remains to be seen if the state will, but for now the Tennessee lawmakers are pushing to say "good job" to Arizona for being the first to implement stiffer immigration policies.


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  • by Eric Location: Johnson City on Jul 29, 2010 at 02:46 PM
    I see a lot people talking about ilegals not paying taxes. But in reality everyone pays taxes everytime anybody goes to buy something to the store we all pay taxes also immigrants do. i know that they are some cases when they are some that don't pay taxes by working but is not there fault is the employee same money on paying taxes thay pay them ander the table is not the immigrants. If we look at all the immigrants that are working in the us at least 80% pay taxes on there checks. But at the end of the year they can't file for incometaxes where all the money goes a few years back we got a extra check on the mail from the irs. because they had to mauch money that wasn't claim so they send it out to the people that need it. Where the money came from "immigrants". Lets go back how was this country founded, By immigrants. The only true americans are the natives. no one else we do the jobs the immigrants do. picking produce.
  • by Anonymous Location: Whitwell,TN on Jun 25, 2010 at 02:52 PM
    I think everyone is just being very judgementall and no one cares if the illegal immagrant has a wife and children here.How would you like it if your husband got taken away from you and your children.How would you explain to your children why their father is no longer around? I think everyone just needs to open their eyes and relize what they are doing...breaking up families an not even careing.
  • by charles Location: memphis on Jun 22, 2010 at 05:00 PM
    yes on it should be done now it is only sad that we didnt do it first. how can we be at war and have almost 30 million illegals here and 200,000 more a month . they say that their not taking our jobs ,the who jobs are they taking. they can always do it cheaper then you. they dont have to pay taxex and they are sending back out of our econamy 9,600,000,000 a year Why do we allow this because the man on the TV tells us to . if you want your children to still have a america you better stand up and act now befor what little that left is still america turn off the TV and talk to each other. when something dont make sence then dont let it be........
  • by Kate Location: Murfreesboro on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:33 PM
    Yes, I would like to see Tennessee adopt the immigration laws. And I agree with Matthew. This law is aimed at ALL illegal aliens. It doesn't matter where you come from, if you are here illegally, you are breaking our laws. Go home!!! The reason most people think it is only aimed at Mexicans, they seem to be the only ones protesting and carrying our flag upside down and waving the Mexican flag in our faces. Where do they they get off?? Well, I have had my say and I am looking forward to going to the polls. Get out and vote people. There is still time to take OUR country back.
  • by Matthew Location: Estill Springs on Jun 7, 2010 at 10:23 PM
    Most people dont understand that this is not aimed at only mexicans, due to the perception given by the liberal media. It is aimed at anyone who is not an American citizen!! Yes, I hope TN joins this fight to enforce the fereral law that is in place. I hope all states join. The federal government is definitely not goin to do the job. They are too worried about buying votes through amnesty! The liberals want you to believe that someone can be approached and question for no good reason, yet someone must be committing a crime and give a reasonable cause about their citizen status to be questioned!
  • by Amanda Location: Lexington,TN on Jun 4, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    I don't understand why the immigration law is set strictly for mexicans. They are not the only illegal immigrants in our country yet they are the only ones that people seem to care about getting rid of. What about the children who were born here that are not going to have their parents anymore. Some people are just selfish and prejudice.
  • by Riki Location: Nashville, TN on Jun 2, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    The definition of illegal - not according to or authorized by law : unlawful I don't care to have people who are breaking the law free. If someone commits a crime they need to face the consequences. Illegal is a crime, not a race. Wake up people! They get healthcare, voting rights(???!!), food stamps, government assistance. Of course they want to break the law, they're getting rewarded. There should never be any argument, there is a federal law about legal status and any who aren't following the laws are criminals.
  • by Polly Location: South Knox on May 30, 2010 at 03:20 PM
    Here are some interesting facts I recently read in a newspaper article written by Randal C. Archibold. Arizona and New Mexico, sit side by side but their hearts are certainly in different places when it comes to immigration. The New Mexico Legislature is 44 percent Hispanic, a contrast to the 16 percent in Arizona, according to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. New Mexico has had five Hispanic governors and Arizona has had one. According to Gov. Bill Richardson, “There is a decided positive in encouraging biculturalism and people working and living together instead of inciting tension." New Mexico immigration authorities and migrant workers say New Mexico has fewer problems with the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants at the border than neighboring Arizona does. Although the two states have much in common, their laws and their residents show a very different attitudes on immigration. Nobody denies US businesses encourage undocumented as well as documented Mexican immigrants to come to this country to work for them. They come to feed their families. Arizona is 30% hispanic. Only 12% are undocumented. Interesting, seems to me that New Mexico is showing us that treating folks with respect and and common decency, without profiling, is the way to go. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/12/us/12newmexico.html?pagewanted=1
  • by JCZK Location: TN on May 29, 2010 at 10:07 PM
    Tennessee should absolutely join Arizona in passing a law similar to their law. If you come into this country using the process necessary for doing so legally then you are more than welcome here. If you are here illegally, then you not only deserve to be deported, you deserve to be put at the bottom of the list for entering the country legally. It has nothing to do with racism, discrimination or profiling. It has everything to do with the fact that it is illegal to be in the United States of America without having the proper documents. Anyone who says that it does have to do with racism, discrimination, etc...are probably racist and discriminatory themselves. This is the land of the free and it's the land of the free for American citizens. Anyone else who wants to be a citizen in the land of the free has the option of going through the process to obtain that goal. By not living in our country legally, you are showing extreme disrespect to America, it's citizens and it's laws.
  • by Marie Location: Lenoir City on May 29, 2010 at 09:18 PM
    YAY for Arizona and YAY for Tennessee for considering the idea! I agree with others that, a child born in the US to illegals should not be given citizenship, they are all here ILLEGALLY!! It's not that it is racist, it's illegal!

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