Californians divided on new Arizona law

May 30, 2010

The recent crackdown on illegal immigration in Arizona finds Californians closely divided, with deep splits along age and ethnicity, according to a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll. [Los Angeles Times]

Overall, 50 percent of those surveyed indicated support for the Arizona law, while 43 percent oppose it. The level of support is lower than in other parts of the nation.

The new law, expected to take effect July 1, allows police to check the immigration status of anyone they feel is in the country illegally.

Support for the Arizona law can be found in those over 50 and white. Latinos and those under 30 remain opposed.

The illegal immigration issue has sprung to the forefront of many of the June 8 election races, including heated sparring locally between Republicans Etta Waterfield and Matt Kokkonen, both vying to be the nominee for state Assembly. However, the new survey suggests that voters are unlikely to vote for or against a specific candidate just on the issue of immigration.

Voters also expressed their clear opposition to any new oil drilling off the California coast, by a margin of 48 to 41 percent, a marked reversal from recent years when support for drilling had grown dramatically. Analysts tie this recent shift to concern over the British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.



  1. Robert1 says:

    Illegal Immigrants Crime Spree in WA.-

    Last week, the city of Tacoma joined Seattle in admonishing Arizona for its immigration law. While the council did not go so far as passing a boycott, the ordinance does criticize Arizona for its stand against illegal immigration.

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    • Cindy says:

      WA State sure has it’s problems with serious crimes being committed by illegals. Some of these people have been deported up to 5 times and keep coming back like the guy that just murdered his girlfriend after he had been deported three weeks earlier! All this crime and they only have 150,000 illegals in that state. It’s unbelievable that Seattle doesn’t want to put a stop to it! This new law has been so misrepresented that it’s ridiculous. Obama needs to get on the horn, explain it, and reassure people that it isn’t even as strict as the current Federal Law is. Of course he needs to read it first.

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  2. The Gimlet Eye says:

    While we are at it, check out these websites and see what is really going on:

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    • PaulJones says:

      I signed the petition supporting SB1070.

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  3. The Gimlet Eye says:

    While you debate Arizona’s new law, perhaps you should take a good look at California’s law. Looks a lot like Arizona’s law to me:

    (a) Every law enforcement agency in California shall fully
    cooperate with the United States Immigration and Naturalization
    Service regarding any person who is arrested if he or she is
    suspected of being present in the United States in violation of
    federal immigration laws.

    (b) With respect to any such person who is arrested, and suspected
    of being present in the United States in violation of federal
    immigration laws, every law enforcement agency shall do the

    (1) Attempt to verify the legal status of such person as a citizen
    of the United States, an alien lawfully admitted as a permanent
    resident, an alien lawfully admitted for a temporary period of time
    or as an alien who is present in the United States in violation of
    immigration laws. The verification process may include, but shall not
    be limited to, questioning the person regarding his or her date and
    place of birth, and entry into the United States, and demanding
    documentation to indicate his or her legal status.

    (2) Notify the person of his or her apparent status as an alien
    who is present in the United States in violation of federal
    immigration laws and inform him or her that, apart from any criminal
    justice proceedings, he or she must either obtain legal status or
    leave the United States.

    (3) Notify the Attorney General of California and the United
    States Immigration and Naturalization Service of the apparent illegal
    status and provide any additional information that may be requested
    by any other public entity.

    (c) Any legislative, administrative, or other action by a city,
    county, or other legally authorized local governmental entity with
    jurisdictional boundaries, or by a law enforcement agency, to prevent
    or limit the cooperation required by subdivision (a) is expressly

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  4. Cindy says:

    After familiarizing yourself with the below information that I posted>
    Please note that currently 80% of all babies born in LA County hospitals are born to illegal immigrants.
    Be aware that currently 50% of all grade school students in LA County are children born to illegal immigrants and that 1/3 of students in above grade 8 are of the same status.

    Be aware that an “anchor baby” qualifies the mother for welfare benefits and that for every anchor born an average of 7 family members then enter the immigration process.

    Familiarize yourselves with Amended 14 that does not recognize but excludes children born on US soil to Foreign Visitors.

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    • mkaney says:

      An article here cites a LA Times Article ( “Illegal Immigration again in the budget spotlight, LAT, July 10, 2009) stating that 25% of babies born in LA are born to illegal immigrants. I have heard this 80% statistic tossed around recently, but have yet to see a single source for the information.

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  5. Cindy says:

    Watch the following, then lets talk.

    Below is information on what is being taught in our Latino Social Studies Classes. It’s about separatism, hate of all whites and a false history, etc. Familiarize yourselves with it and be sure to pay attention to what the “Nation of Aztlan” is all about and watch as a college Latino Prof call’s for a revolution and promotes welfare. The AZ gov has now banned this curriculum from our tax payer schools.

    Watch as a LA high school teacher calls for a revolution and watch them trample our US flag.

    In case you missed it or want more, watch this and take note of all that there is to see on the side lines of u tube:

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