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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 8 2010 10:52 p.m. MST

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Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Although the "compact" doesn't do much of ANYTHING I applauld Councilmen Wilde and Debry for voting the way ACTUAL CITIZENS of Utah feel about illegal immigrant trespassers.

Too bad the County council doesn't take up a resolution urging the arrest and incarceration of illegal alien trespassers!

Deluged
Salt Lake city, ut

Immigration policy boils down to an unpleasant choice: who we're willing to be mean to.

We can be mean to some foreigners by denying them entry.

Or, we can be mean to our fellow Americans by accepting the massive population transfer which will inflict on our countrymen crushing job competition, stagnant wages, and overburdened public services.

The quantity and quality of these immigrants, not their legal status, will determine the severity of these outcomes, so, no, you can't get around the hard decision by falling back on "illegals bad, legals good."

Choose carefully. Ask yourself whether your children will thank you for your decision.

FairEnough
Draper, UT

You are presenting a false choice Deluged.
The influx of legal and illegal young people is actually proping up this country overall, because the U.S. has a declining population of young people.
Illegal immigrants contribute more to public services than they use. As in the past, immigrants of all statuses have been critical to building up this nation.
The challenges of immigration are complex. Your simplistic and divisive presentation of the situation is counter-productive. We have real security and economic issues associated with immigration that require practical, deliberate, and innovative thinking, not simplistic, divisive uni-dimensional thinking and false choices. Innovation has always been America's saving grace.

RRB
SLC, UT

I would like to call on the signers to change the wording to illegal immigrants, instead of their deceptive practice of using the word immigrants.

Amnesty just continues the problem, leading to more illegal immigration. It solves nothing.

SLars
Provo, UT

If the Compact contained the phrases:

"We believe every country has the right to enforce their immigration laws".

and

"We believe that people should immigrate legally".

How many would sign it?

SLars
Provo, UT

"Illegal immigrants contribute more to public services than they use."

No they don't. The cost of schooling alone greatly exceeds any contribution they make, if any.

GABBY
Farmington, UT

I agree with RRB, these people are here ILLEGALLY, I can't understand how the council can't understand this.
If this passes, you will see a huge infulx of illegals coming from Arizona to Utah...
"Yeah, free services for all of us at the taxpayers expense."
The Utah people need to stand up and let this council know that we are not going to put up with this, and that the people need to have a say in where there tax money is spent....
Unbelievable....

ouisc
Farmington, UT

Since the Utah Compact doesn't actually accomplish anything, it doesn't surprise me the Salt Lake City Council spent time putting this on their agenda. It is much easier to do nothing than to actually do something about our growing criminal population.

Teafortwo
salt lake city, utah

It is appalling that people still refuse to accept that illegal immigrants ARE CRIMINALS. Nothing more and nothing less. The fact that they want to "make better lives for themselves" is not an excuse. Isn't that what all criminals are trying to do? Most people understand that they do not have a right to acquire by illegal means that which they find difficult to acquire by legal means. And let's not pretend like they are victims who were dragged here, kicking and screaming, against their will. Nothing could be further from the truth. They came of their own free will and for their own benefit and they broke the law to do it. The only "compact" we need is to send them home.

jim l
West Jordan, UT

It really does not matter how the council voted. Their vote on this matter does not matter, its how the people vote when election time comes around again.

Brian the engineer
Columbus, OH

I'm sure glad that we, as anonymous internet commentators, are not the ones making decisions about immigration reform and what do do with illegal immigrants already here.

Some would prefer that we arrest, incarcerate, and/or deport all illegal immigrants. Not only do we not have the money or resources to do this, but it wouldn't solve anything in the long term. Also, parentless children don't tend to positively contribute to society.

Some claim that illegal immigrants should all be treated like criminals (look up the word before making a blanket accusation) and that they don't contribute anything positive to society. Although it's true that many have caused problems, I personally like cheaper produce at the store.

Let's address the real issues before making simplified and destructive solutions to a complex problem. Let's arrest and deport dangerous illegal immigrants, invest in technology to secure the borders so they don't return, identify criminal employers, and create a way for the US to know who is actually here and encourage them to obey US laws. This may require compromise in allowing them some type of path to *gasp* citizenship.

Brian the engineer
Columbus, OH

...and I recognize the irony between my first and last paragraphs. I do not consider myself an expert about immigration by any means, but those are my opinions.

My2Cents
Kearns, UT

Utah government and business leaders will do or say anything to protect their precious illegal aliens and to sanction their cheap labor force. This pact is an affront to federal immigration laws in an attempt to rewrite immigration laws to protect illegal aliens from prosecution. It's racist and profiling a race to protect Mexicans.

Though many pro-terrorist represenatives approve this pact, the illegal aliens and Mexicans know it has no legal status or truth to it. These government officials elected by american citizens allowed to vote should be ashamed of themselves putting crime and illegal occupation and looting of Utah citizen non punishable under this pact ahead of their sworn duties to the citizens of Utah. They have no right to speak for or represent the wishes of illegal foreign nationals, not one of which can be identifiable.

How can our elected officials sit in these positions of trust and sworn duty, even consider such insane ideas to support an illegal alien occupation pact?

Teafortwo
salt lake city, utah

Brian @ 10:29
Cheaper produce? Are you serious? Our prisons and public schools are bursting with illegals and you believe you benefit from cheaper produce?

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