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Letter: Immigration is framed with the wrong view in Utah

Published: Sunday, July 8 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Supporters of immigration reform pause for a prayer during a news conference in front of the federal building that houses some offices of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in New York, Monday, June 25, 2012. The Supreme Court threw out key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants Monday but said a much-debated portion could go forward — that police must check the status of people stopped for various reasons who might appear to be in the U.S. illegally.

Seth Wenig, Associated Press

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By framing the issue of illegal immigration in Utah as one of ethnic demographics and skin color — instead of acknowledging that it really is about culture, values and choices — the Deseret News, in its "Coming to our Census" series, effectively sets up the readership so that if it doesn't "come to its senses" and embrace the "changing demographics" of Utah, it is selfish, irresponsible, and racist.

Of course readers' concerns have nothing to do with the contempt illegal immigrants demonstrate for the principles upon which the country was founded — including respect for the rule of law — and the hazards such contempt poses for the unity, integrity and well-being of the country. After all, implies the newspaper, the illegal invasion of America is no different than any "successive wave of new Americans." The message is false.

Mark Terran

Salt Lake City

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