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Arizona License Plate: Sign of the Times

Mike in Tucson: ID Pleeze

Arizona is taking a lot of guff from around the country for its Anti-Illegal Immigration bill. 

I've always got my camera at the ready on the seat next to me, and when I pulled up behind this pickup truck at the red light, I snapped a photo before the light turned green.

I grew up believing that the USA differs from most countries down through history in that we're a nation governed under the rule of law. 

Most of us here in Arizona still believe that. 

Law ...and order.  The second can't happen in a free society without a respect for the first.


I'm Mike in Tucson, your preferred Tucson Mortgage Lender.

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Comment balloon 35 commentsMike Jones • June 16 2010 12:07AM


Classic! Is that for really or photo shopped?

Posted by Ryan Smith (Allison James Estates & Homes) over 10 years ago

Mike, that is too funny - not sure our DMV would have let that pass through though!    Susan

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) over 10 years ago

Great plate, and I would bet it would be allowed in California, we have stranger ones here.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA (Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA) over 10 years ago

Someone jumped right on this one.

Posted by Jane Peters, Los Angeles real estate concierge services (Home Jane Realty) over 10 years ago

Mike:  I know this license plate is an attempt to be humorous... but this law is such an embarrassment to so many... myself included.  There is one city... a Dallas suburb... Farmers Branch... that passed a law that ended up infringing upon the rights of Hispanics... and so far defending that law has cost the city 3.2 MILLION dollars.  I hope it makes them go bankrupt.  Then we'll see how many tea bags they can buy.  LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

I'm so sick of everyone bashing Az.  It may not be PC but it is a way to get ILLEGAL people out of our state.

Posted by Wade Kawahara (Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC) over 10 years ago

Love the plate! Real or not it will stir up a heated debate on an issue that is due to rock the US.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 10 years ago

Wade... sorry, but your state passed the law... now you have to live with it.  Good luck !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 10 years ago

"I grew up believing that the USA differs from most countries down through history in that we're a nation governed under the rule of law. "

It's such a simple concept, you'd think more people could understand!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 10 years ago


Thanks for commenting.  The license plate is real.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Mike, I agree, whole heartedly...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Law?  What law???  Once the law enforcers refuse to enforce the law, the law is meaningless and we have anarchy, or in the present case, the power of a meritocracy.

The only law with meaning is that which is designed to garner votes from the group benefiting from that law.

Amnesty for illegals would produce about 10,000,000 potential voters for the party in power if and when the law passes.

This matter isn't about the law, immigration or any sense of fairness or constitutionality.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 10 years ago


Most people who complain about Arizona Senate Bill 1070 have never even read it. What part of "illegal alien" is confusing?


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

Several states are looking at the Arizona law as a model. It will be interesting to see what impact the law has on the Arizona economy, if it is enforced and if it passes judicial reviews.

Posted by Richard Byron Smith, NMLS #184479, Mortgage Loan Officer (Mortgage Loan Officer, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation NMLS #2289) over 10 years ago

Anyone in other states complaining about the AZ law and planning on boycotting AZ should first read and understand the law. Next I suggest:

  • Talk to the widow of the farmer who was killed, and the other farmers who live in fear.
  • Talk to the officer who was recently shot by illegals with AK 47's.
  • Talk to some of Sheriff Joe's deputies who have to go into the desert near Phoenix and are constantly being shot at
  • Our deserts are beautiful areas and great for those who love hiking in the desert So also plan to go hiking in that human-and-drug-trafficking-area of the desert some day.
  • Check out the miles of debri left by the illegals that are ruining that desert area

Then decide if you would like all that in your back yard

Once you've done all that, and if you're lucky enough to come out of that desert area alive, then tell us how you feel about the law.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) over 10 years ago


Glad you had your camera with you. This is a classic and I'm reblogging it. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 10 years ago

Karen Anne,

Embarrassment? How do you figure? This law does nothing more than enforce a law already on the books in all 50 states, including Texas. It's a national law that Obama and Holder have chosen to ignore. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 10 years ago

Hey, the owner of that vehicle may be a bouncer in a nightclub or a liquor store owner - or a psych major at a local U embracing Freud's psyche structure - ya nevah know (giggle)

Mike - you get the most awesome pics.

Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) over 10 years ago

Classic, someone has a sense of humor. Great shot, Were you texting and on your cell phone when you saw it?

Posted by Randy DeLaMare, Helping friends Realize their Real Estate Dreams (Realtypath LLC) over 10 years ago


As your fellow Tucson resident, I love this plate!  I'm sure you know that our new law simply mirrors the Federal Law, you know, the one the Feds don't enforce!

Posted by Dana Lim (Allstate Insurance) over 10 years ago

I agree sir we do need to uphold the law that is already on the books and stop dancing around with our eyes covered. 

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 10 years ago

Good shot, Mike.  

Just read two different articles saying thousands of illegals, and some legal Hispanics, are planning to leave the state.  Funny thing is they are not planning to go back to Mexico. They are headed for states where they are welcome.

All those who feel we are such terrible people here in Arizona, welcome your new residents.

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Hi Mike,

Woo Hoo Mike, Great little post there. I can see that it almost started a stir but the sentiment seems to be clearly with you.

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 10 years ago

You always make us think Mike...Thanks and God Bless Arizona, Please !!! John from Benson

Posted by John Hurbon (Homesmart International Tucson,AZ) over 10 years ago


"The executive branch of government has hindered [the country's] development by inadequately executing the core tasks of government and by consuming a large share of national resources. A primary cause of the poor performance in core tasks and high cost of government has been the overambitious role assigned to government. The scope of the government’s activities has gone well beyond that which is generally considered to be a government’s purview. The executive is overextended, trying to do too much with too little capability. As a result, it functions at a low level of effectiveness in most of its tasks."

from an Inter-American Development Bank White Paper on Governance in Suriname.

I was raised during my formative pre-teen to mid-teens years in Suriname, a postage-stamp-size country on the northern coast of South America. 

Over the decades since I returned to the United States, I've watched Suriname's decline because of corruption, defined as "The abuse of public power for private gain" (World Bank, 1997).

I never thought it could happen here.  It will, though, if we pick and choose which laws we like based on who is in power.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 10 years ago

Funny... I live in Arizona and I couldn't figure out what the license plate said...

I first read, "I'd Please", as in being altruistic, or giving, or just a nice person...

Maybe what Steven Covey said IS true... You don't see the world as it is, you see the world as you are.


Posted by Jon Clark over 10 years ago


This is a very difficult and controversial subject.  I am sure this license plate will get a warm or cold reception based on people's opinion on the subject.   Some will love it and others won't.   I know that there are out less controversial topics out there to chose to have for license plates.   Nice to see someone other than myself, taking a picture of a license plate to share here on AR.   :) 

Posted by Gerry Khatchikian, ASA, TRC, SFR over 10 years ago

Mike.. Glad to see you blogged this.  I'm respect the person that has this license plate, and the state of Arizona.

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Whether or not people agree with the message on the plate, we should all feel proud that we live in a country where this owner is free to express themselves.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 10 years ago

@Jon Clark, About all I can say is this, one day this will affect you directly, and you will likely have an attitude shift.  Does that mean you won't be a nice person anymore?

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 10 years ago

Talk about Rainmakers! Jeez. This is a great post and GREATER comments. I really liked Karen Anne Stone's response. It's easy to take sides with a majority. (although in this case I SINCERELY do)

Posted by Steve Bowen (Taglierre Partners, LLC / Bowen Investments, Co.) over 10 years ago

MORNING MIKE!  Well, I grew up overseas - had to carry ID and credentials around with me everywhere I went to prove I was a US citizen. If I did not have my cards - I paid the price and then had to get it right.  Just do what's right and there is nothing to worry or complain about.  I like the plate - nice to see flexibility at DMV! -- Gab

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 10 years ago

It seems to me that a lot of folks here in California, on both sides of the issue, have never actually read the text of SB1070.  

But, anyway, one of my friends made a joke that I thought was funny enough to pass along:

If an officer asks you for "Papers", and you reply "Scissors", do you win?  :-)

P.S.  I can't speak for the rest of the country, but any time a officer has ever pulled me over for any minor infraction (like coasting thru a stop sign :-) )  The officer usually always starts the conversation by saying "ID, please."


Posted by Cheryl Johnson over 10 years ago

Interesting photo - After living in Europe for 17 years where you had to register with the police every time you moved from one apartment to the next, I find this entire situation interesting to say the least.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago

Yes, AZ does get alot of publicity these days on immigration.     It has to start comewhere....might as well be AZ!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 10 years ago

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