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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 15 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

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A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

They should not worry, their Mormon's and Republican's,Jesus will protect them, it's long overdue to rid Utah of all those illegal's anyway, that's my view, even though these 2 Utah state lawmakers backing bills that would fight illegal immigration say they've received possible death threats. Republican Rep. Stephen Sandstrom of Orem says the Utah Highway Patrol is investigating an e-mail sent Sunday that includes references to assassination and violent revolution. It includes images of Che Guevara and an AK-47 and decries the "racist" state of Utah. YES IT'S TIME to report ans then deport these illegal's in Utah Reps. Chris Herrod, and Stephen Sandstrom, don't let no one push you around, your both doing the right thing.

We the People
Sandy, UT

From listening to media outlets, I thought only the "right-wing" made threats to silence opposition. I guess not.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

These type of threats of violence seem to work in Mexico and Cuba... why not try them here?

Maybe we can bring the cartel violence across the border from Mexico right here to Utah!

Do we really want to run OUR political process the way they do in Mexico???

Ever noticed how the violent and divisive rhetoric gets turned up whenever you try to touch ILLEGAL immigration? Why is that??? It happened in Arizona, and now it's happening here.

Ephraim, UT

What part of the law do the Latino community and illegal immigrants not understand? As a legal immigrant,who has recently become a U.S. citizen, we subscribed to this country's laws to gain our status.

Kaysville, UT

Of-course, no civilized person would condone violence, or threats of violence of any kind. Every reasonable effort should be made to find those responsible and punish them to the fullest extent of the law.

Having said that, I think it is important not to generalize this isolated act to a group of people. We need only remember the recent tradgedy of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) to understand this point. Several liberal pundits blamed this attack on the "tea-party" and radical right conservatives. Clearly, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner acted on his own and does not represent the tea-party any more than I do.

We must have integrity in our public discourse and be consistent in our principles. Posters here and others who lay the blame for the recent death threat against Sandstrom at the feet of any group or nationality are just as wrong as the liberal groups in the Giffords tradgedy.

It should also be pointed out that public officials, particularly city counsel members and mayors receive death threats routinely. These are isolated and abitrary acts by looney bins or worse. They do not represent the groups they purport to support.

salt lake city, utah

All illegal aliens are, by very definition, criminals to begin with. The fact that they might make threats against those that would try to enforce laws against them is not at all surprising. It is in perfect character. They don't believe they should have to obey other laws. Why would this be any different?

Hampton, VA

"received possible death threats."

It's either a straight out DEATH threat or it isn't. This was an implied threat of violence in the letter (at least according to the article) and actual violence with the vandalism. But a DEATH threat?? Not exactly. Talk about tamping up the rhetoric!

Henderson, NV

I hope they find those punks and make them serve out there sentences while wearing Ronald Reagan T-shirts. God Bless America!

Hampton, VA

"received possible death threats."

It's either a straight out DEATH threat or it isn't. This was an implied threat of violence in the letter (at least according to the article) and actual violence with the vandalism. But a DEATH threat?? Not exactly. Talk about tamping up the rhetoric!

Hampton, VA

that was suppose to read "RAMPING" up the rhetoric!

J. Adams
Sandy, UT

Let's see.... blackmail against the L.D.S. church by a latino activist, death threats to elected leaders by illegal alien advocates. I'm starting to see a pattern.. The real danger that illegals represent is starting to show, wake up America or you will become just like the countries whose values these people embrace. This should be enough impetus to show our legislators which way they should vote. Illegal will always be illegal. We cannot ignore the problem anymore.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

"The e-mail says it's from a group called the United Front for Defense of Immigrants."

We already have the ACLU, we don't need this organization using up more resources.

Again the issue is illegal immigrants. Is that getting lossed in the translation? These people really need a better education, they're struggling to understand legal and illegal.

Maybe instead of sending emails implying or threatening death, why don't they try going to school or starting up a legitimate business?

This is the future of the United States if illegals gain amnesty and these radical groups are allowed to bully their way in. I'm sure barack has everything under control. Look at the economy and the tremendous growth under his taxspendlimus. It's just creating green jobs left and right. So much, that the cost of gas has dropped. Oh wait a minute it has risen 10 cents everyweek for a few months now.

Yes we can! Yes we can!

Layton, UT

Seems that the Aztlan crowd is running up their rhetoric trying to beat the cerveza cans of war. While I can see some narcotrafficante lowlife doing this, I suspect is more along the lines of a high school art project or civics project. Why yes, Javier (or LaMar), we CAN trace that email you sent!
Making Sandstrom a martyr is a terrifying prospect.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sure sounds like it meets the definition of a "terroristic threat" worthy of investigation and prosecution by the feds. I am sure that Obama's crack Attorney General, Eric Holder, will be right on this case and enforce our laws.

I look forward to seeing that report in the paper...someday.

Upland, CA

I wouldn't put it past you repubs, to fabricate something like this just to fire up your hate base...We don't believe your racist rants and acussations nor should anyone with a brain.
Where have we seen these types of acussations before? If anyone does not recognize them, they are a tactic often used to create anxiety and confusion and to foment hate...a tactic used by terrorists.

Nashville, TN

Just like they do in their own country, they threaten to kill people who make laws they don't like. It's time for ICE to do their job. First they try to black-male the LDS Church to do what they want and not threats of violence. I can tell you one thing, I protect my family, friends and freedom to the death if need be.

New York, NY

im thinking of the recent Iranian chants to behead the folks behind their civilians outbursts. Behead? typical hyper reaction from despots who tolerate nobody else's control. the 'rampup' of violence around the planet is facilitated by the easy communication of the hysteria from one psychotic to the next. god save us!

Kaysville, UT

These two Reps probably sent the threats to themselves to get some press.
They are both puppets of the extreme right and you can't put anything past them in what they will do for attention.

Pocatello, ID

I find it interesting that they are signaling out "Utah" as being a racist when there are so many of the different states who are also working on laws to counter illegales,some who have laws that are harder then Az. was trying to pass.

Chris B.
Midvale, UT


Even if that were the truth, illegal immigrants are still despicable criminals.

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