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Lawmakers at odds over how rosy future is

Published: Sunday, Jan. 23 2011 10:45 p.m. MST

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101Ways
Kearns, UT

The first rule of order for this new legislature is to make all legislators swear their allegiance and loyalty to america every morning with the pledge of alliance to America and the republic for which it stands, including sen Robles, the terrorist in the legislation.

Budget and immigration. Budget I can understand but immigration is a non issue, just enforce the laws and reinforces the sworn duties and obligations law enforcement has to enforce federal as well as state laws.

Illegal Latino's issues is one of foreign occupation and nothing to do with immigration which this state cannot write laws to change the federal laws. Utah cannot grant immunity, amnesty, harbor to, or payment to illegal foreign nationals seeking immigration or identification papers. Any law Utah writes in conflict to immigrant laws and labor laws will be easily be disqualified as unconstitutional so don't even try.

Budget cuts can easily be accomplished by eliminating many programs and funds going directly to illegal alien programs, including language classes and welfare, health care, education (foreign national teachers), and day care, and stop the birthright abuse by illegal anchor babies. Identify all program users with US citizenship.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'SALT LAKE CITY When the 2011 Legislature begins Monday, much of the focus will be on immigration, an issue that's dominated the headlines for months.' - Article

Neither of which was an issue when Republicans had the majority in the House...

AND the senate.

The $4 trillion dollars in added debt support this.

Once again Utah trys to purposefully make anti-discrimination measures a non-issue. Rather, trying to leave it to the state level.

11 cities have a non-discrimination ordinance regarding employment and housing based on orientation.

Notice, I didn't even need to say what kind of orientation you have.

joelwisch
Albuquerque, NM

Illegal Latino's issues is one of foreign occupation and nothing to do with immigration which this state cannot write laws to change the federal laws. Utah cannot grant immunity, amnesty, harbor to, or payment to illegal foreign nationals seeking immigration or identification papers.
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And this is very correct!

Rock Of The Marne
Phoenix, AZ

Great, the legislature will have another go at reducing education funding while at the same time adding unfunded mandates like letter grades for schools. It's a wonder any big company would want to move here with our legislators disdain for education and their willingness to nickel and dime it to death. I can't wait for some hair brain "message bill" as well.

pburt
Logan, UT

Anyone else wonder why this is categorized under "Crime?" Makes one think.

mammalou
Somewhere in the USA, UT

I would hope all legislature's remember their voting districts and the wishes of the "voting leagal" members. I, for one, will base future votes on the stance my rep's take on immigration.

pburt
Logan, UT

It always cracks me up when people with very strong prejudice against immigrants can't speak or write English themselves. Maybe that should be a prerequisite for voting, and for posting opinions on the Web.

So, evidently the prejudice is not due to language problems. Then what are they prejudiced against? Could it be skin color? Would they want the same level of law enforcement over their hunting and fishing habits that they demand for immigration enforcement?

mammalou
Somewhere in the USA, UT

pburt | 2:36 p.m. Jan. 24, 2011
Logan, UT
Would they want the same level of law enforcement over their hunting and fishing habits that they demand for immigration enforcement?

What does this comment have to do with immigration reform? Did I miss something that the DWR has or has not done?

And wanting laws enforced does not make one prejudice.

Noah
So Ogden, Ut

My concern on illegal immigration is jobs being taken from our legal citizens. A new study from Northeastern University shows that between 2008-2010, 1.1 mill newly arriving aliens gained jobs while US household employment declined by 6.26 mill. (Reuters, 1/20/11). The study shows that aliens who are landing jobs tend to be young, uneducated, unskilled or semi-skilled. Of the 1.1 mill aliens landing jobs, 42% were under 30. Yet, the unempl rate for all Americans without a high school diploma in this age group is exceptionally high, about 27%-29%.The study found that many of the jobs obtained by these aliens were in the construction industryjobs that are routinely sought by American workers. Professor Andrew Sum, Dir. of the Center for Labor Market Studies, said that 35% of these workers were undocumented or illegal."Employers have chosen to use new immigrants over native-born workers and have continued to displace large numbers of blue-collar workers and young adults without college degrees." One of the advantages of hiring, particularly young, undocumented immigrants, is the fact that employers do not have to pay health benefits or basic payroll taxes.

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