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Published: Friday, Nov. 12 2010 4:00 p.m. MST

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Provo, UT

Will public opinion change because of this? I don't think so. It's the same pro-illegal groups effort to kill enforcement of immigration laws.

America has a right to let in who we want, and send home those who come here illegally. It seems to be a difficult concept to many.

Chicago, Ill

Illegal immigration is the problem. Those here legally are not the problem.

We cannot allow for any kind of amnesty whatsoever lest those in line for legitimate citizenship will be cheated and the incentive for other illegals to come will be enhanced. We can't have that. Illegals who wish citizenship must leave and get in line. Those illegals who do not wish citizenship should be asked to leave.

Further, we now have 15 million unemployed Americans which is costing this country billions in unemployment payments out of our non-existent tax dollars. If just the 10 to 20 million illegals were not here taking Americans' jobs our unemployment would return to healthy levels and our economy would once again soar.

These points are no brainers. Can't see why our elected officials, et al., can see it.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

There is a group of "compacts" that all citizens of the United States agree to that makes this "compact" irrelevent.

That group of "compacts" are called the USCA, or, in laymens terms, -United States Code Annotated (laws of our lands).
Its those pesky laws that are ALREADY in place and just need to be enforced.

Soon the Sandstrom bill will simply reinforce the fact that illegal aliens are breaking the law and need to be arrested.

Murray, Ut

They will accept no enforcement except amnesty, in 2010, 2020, 2030.....

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Its quite discouraging to see the top law enforcement official in Utah meeting with (any group)to try to find a way to circumvent the law!

Bountiful, UT

At least someone is speaking out for more truth and right. Something neither Democrats or Republicans have done.

Cris B.
Sandy, UT

I praise those who obey our laws.

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

I think they should highlight more centrally in the article that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorsed this statement.

I am sick of having to deal with claims that the Church hates Mexicans and favors their deportation just because the sponsor of the Arizona bill was a Mormon.

Salt Lake City, UT

Perhaps Yapias, who stated in the SL Trib article that he didn't think the Church went far enough didn't like this statement:

"We acknowledge that every nation has the right to enforce its laws and secure its borders. All persons subject to a nations laws are accountable for their acts in relation to them."

Ogden, UT

Hate laws such as those promoted by sandstrom will open the doors for racial profiling as we have seen in State and Local offices, using private and personal information to abuse and belittle.Hate begits hate. Remember the Good Samaritan, the alien, the foreigner who helped the citizen in distress. There is a parable in this.When you hate your neigbour, in your time of distress, you will find no solace but retribution of a just God.


Other media in the state are reporting that Archuleta (Utah Coalition of La Raza) and Frank Cordova (president of Centro Civico Mexicano) believe the church should of signed the compact, and all laws should be put on hold.

Archie Archuletta commented that You have to see it as a mountain. That mountain is the high ground of morality. And, so far, weve had some people that have reached that top and the LDS Church is taking steps to reach it, Archuleta said. We see the moral high ground still has to be climbed by some groups.

It seems those of us wanting a lawful society are not moral yet.

Kearns, UT

This compact is unconstitutional and conflicts with federal immigration laws that Utah cannot rewrite. This is a slap in the face of every immigrant that ever came to this country legally and with honorable intent to become americans.

These illegal mexicans are here in Utah and the United States with dishonor in their hearts and souls. These Mexicans are not immigrants and are foreign nationals occupying the territory of Utah and the United States and should bear the discrimination of every law and america for their crimes and criminal intent. These illegal Mexicans in Utah have declared the American people their enemy, why give them a hug?

These business leaders have lucrative profiteering and financial reason to keep illegal aliens in Utah. It suppresses wages, they pay cheap, and they help illegal aliens get welfare and other rewards for being illegal mexicans.

Our elected officials have every reason and duty to their country and citizens who elected them to toss this compact in the trash and uphold the laws they were and are elected and swear to uphold. No sanction, no quarters, and no love for illegal foreign nationals who think they are immigrants.

Tooele, UT

Re: ". . . 64 percent of Utahns agree with the premise of the compact calling for a civil and compassionate approach to immigration legislation. . ."

Here's betting the number is much higher than 64%. But many of us have come to the realization that "civil and compassionate" have become liberal code words for "open borders" and "winking at lawbreaking."

Of course, we all want our actions to be civil and compassionate. But we can't lose sight of the fact that the most civil and compassionate action we can take is to root out corruption, consistently enforcing the law, without fear or favor.

Or, in other words, obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.

Taylorsville, UT

I agree with John Pack Lambert of Michigan. People who think the Church hates Mexicans are very uninformed. Come to the Church History Museum to see the Latino exhibit and you'll change your mind about that.

I continue to be astounded at the general feeling of hate and fear and yes, racism that abounds in this country. If you watched the CBS evening news last night you would understand why so many Mexicans try to escape for a better life. I am saddened by the problems with the drug cartels.

Read the book Enrique's Journey, also. Yes, we don't want undesirables in our country, but "Undesirable" shouldn't merely be defined as someone who has a Spanish accent.

Taylorsville, UT

Pack all of them up and get them out of this country! You don't to split families because they can all leave together.

Lewisville, TX

You people calling for automatic deportation of anyone in the country that is here illegally are not realistic and your claim to being for strict enforcement of the law is almost comical. Ever try to talk a cop out of giving you a speeding ticket? Ever ignore a parking ticket? Got any un-returned library books hanging around? Cheat on your taxes, maybe? How about zoning laws; do you obey all of those? Every one of you 100 percent "honest in all of your dealings"? Amnesty doesn't have to mean granting everyone who came here illegally automatic citizenship. What about the right to work and live here without voting rights, but with all of the same requirements the rest of us have, like paying taxes in your own name? Would that bring the Republic to its knees? Crime needs to be punished, but let's be serious about what's a real crime and what's a status offense. As to citizenship, I think everyone has to get in one line, and those who do so legally move to the head.

jim l
West Jordan, UT

The illegals need to go home. We need to enforce the laws that we have. The compact is pointless. The people are tired of this mess and we will vote to clean it up.

Salt Lake City, UT

How ironic is it that all of these "leaders" stand to make a profit in some form off of illegal immigrants. In my opinion true leaders to not negotiate laws, they obide by them! Self-serving folks would be more accurate.

Salt Lake City, UT

BroJoseph: The notion that Sandstrom's law is a "hate law" is a LIE.

As for these Chamber of Commerce and Sutherland types in their suits and ties who conceived and signed this "compact" in the name of "compassion" (hah!), I am reminded only of that ancient warning of man's potential for utterly boundless greed, profiteering and corruption, and the terrible problem this would create for society at large: "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:25)

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Mapleton, UT

I am offended that Utah Compact co-opted Veterans Day for cheap political gain. They even chose 11 am as their starting time.
It is a despicable trick to those who died preserving our freedoms.

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