Readers' forum: Support Utah Compact

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 2 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Tony Yapias of Proyecto Latino signs a document known as the Utah Compact during a press conference where community leaders gathered in support of immigration reform at the State Capitol in Salt Lake City Thursday, Novmeber 11, 2010.

Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

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As we approach the year anniversary of the signing of the Utah Compact, I am writing to voice my support for its compassionate approach as the only fair and reasonable way of meeting the challenge of illegal immigration. It is a thoughtful alternative to the extremist attitude that all undocumented immigrants in Utah must somehow be punished, that only a pound of flesh will compensate for their supposed impudence in seeking residence among us.

Considering the undeniably substantial sacrifice and contribution of immigrants both legal and illegal in our country, I find this attitude small-minded, vindictive and in no one's interest. Scapegoating and senseless retribution are always wrong.

Andrew McDonald


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