Utah Compact recognized; poll shows Utahns like it, too


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  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Feb. 20, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    "Somewhat supporting" is twisting that statistic until it screams what you want.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Feb. 19, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Interestingly, many of us may support the Utah Compact, but the Utah Compact has absolutely nothing to do with addressing the issues brought to us via illegal immigration. The Utah Compact is completely independent from illegal immigration.

    The argument that most of us support the Utah Compact and therefore support some kind of pathway for illegal immigrants is absolutely incorrect.

  • TMR Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 19, 2011 1:16 a.m.

    It is gratifying to see that Utahns mostly support the Pact. Now, for some questions. Why is it that the a minority of Utahns oppose the Compact, but a majority of these posts support it? Why is it that Utah legislators seem to listen mostly to the minority, hate crowd that oppose the Compact? Why is it tht much of the opposition cite the 12th Article of Faith, but ignore the fact that the LDS Church supports the Compact?

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 10:49 a.m.

    @ Ajax,

    Two issues with your argument. 1. Mormons were U.S. Citizens, not illegals. 2. This issue has nothing to do with discrimination or racism, as much as the pro amnesty crowd would like it to be so.

    There may be a fringe element that is racist but lets not try to condemn the majority of Americans who would just like to see our immigration laws enforced.
    A much more viable solution would be to enforce existing laws by punishing the employers of illegals. The Utah Compact holds the signatures of many of those. Take away the employment incentive and illegals will self deport.

  • Proud2BAmerican Provo, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    Utah, and the LDS Church, need to reconsider their positions on this HUGE issue. Illegal Immigration is against the LAW. As citizens of the United States we are bound to these Federal Laws and our State Leaders have a responsibility to UPHOLD these laws. If they disagree with a law there are proper avenues to pursue a change.

    Illegal Immigration is a safety, security, economic and cultural issue. Illegal Immigrants are rarely ever the people we WANT in the United States, they are typically without skill, education and often fleeing Mexico to avoid criminal prosecution. They then REFUSE to learn English, instead creating cultural divides among Americans for issues we should not even have to address.

    More disappointing is the Churches stance - what happened to "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law." There is NO GRAY area here - not CONDEMNING illegal immigration is in conflict with the 12th Article of Faith.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 9:57 a.m.

    "And just as curious is their angry rejection of what everyone should know by now: that the assumption that undocumented immigrants come to rob and to plunder and that any gain on their part must come at our expense is demonstrably false."

    I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that you just haven't done your homework. The fact is that identity theft (the robbing part) and fraud (the plundering part) are common amongst the illegal population. In fact, in some studies it is suggested that upwards of 70 percent have committed at least some sort of fraud. The kicker here is the fact that they generally look to steal the identity of Children and preferably children of hispanic decent.

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 9:44 a.m.

    Forgive me for repeating myself, but there was a time in Idaho when it was illegal for Mormons to vote, hold government office or even serve on a jury. Other discriminatory laws against Mormons remained part of the Idaho constitution until all were rescinded in 1982.

    Lucky for we Mormons in Idaho at the time there was no stiff opposition stuck on the absolutism of past legalities: no taunting like "What is it you don't understand about the law?" Nor was there defiant resistance to fully inclusive civil rights such as by Alabama governor George Wallace who in the early 1960s proclaimed, "Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever." He later apologized.

    Truth be told, a workable and beneficial immigration policy for 12 million or so undocumented immigrants without room for any measure of amnesty is not possible. To blindly insist otherwise is to effectively close the door on any chance of meaningful immigration reform and, judging from recent polling, an insult to most Utahns.

  • legalimmigrant Springville, Utah
    Feb. 18, 2011 8:54 a.m.

    Tp Halach: some illegals come to rob and plunder, but that is not the point. The point is that ALL illegals are here... illegally! The question is, why do some people demand special treatment for them? Legal immigrants like myself followed the rules - waited for years for an immigrant visa to become available and paid thousands in legal and immigration fees to remain legally in the US. Why should they be treated differently? Just because they are already here? I don't think so. By treating them differently, we are sending the wrong message to all future immigrants: there is no point in following the rules - if you cheat, you will still get a green card or citizenship. That is absolutely wrong.

  • Right or Wrong Happy Valley, Utah
    Feb. 18, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    To Ajax, so if I interpret you right, you refer to the harm caused by illegal immigration is what is harming our society?

    Likewise if immigration is done legally then we all benefit. I agree with that logic.

    Doing things the right way is always best.

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 7:17 a.m.

    I agree with the comment of Halach Huinic that the well-being of others and ourselves are inextricably linked. One of life's secret's is that the success of others is likewise our success and that when we harm others we harm ourselves.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 6:06 a.m.

    Wouldn't it be more politically correct to have an "All Human Day"? That seems less discriminatory than having a faux Latino Day celebration. We already have Cinco de Mayo that celebrates latinos military defeat in Mexico.

    Maybe we should throw big celebrations on the anniversaries when California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas etc were liberated from the tyranny of Mexico....

    Just an idea.

  • Halach Huinic Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 18, 2011 12:19 a.m.

    Why the Sandstrom crowd wants to believe that a pound of flesh is the answer to the problem of undocumented immigration is suspicious.

    And just as curious is their angry rejection of what everyone should know by now: that the assumption that undocumented immigrants come to rob and to plunder and that any gain on their part must come at our expense is demonstrably false.

    So why the need to compound the suffering of the undocumented with pharisaic quibbling over crime and punishment?

    Difficult to understand but true is that the the well-being of others and ourselves are intertwined.

    Feb. 17, 2011 10:50 p.m.

    Let it go Deseret news, no one is buying the propaganda. The compact is a cry for amnesty like the one we gave in 1986. An attempt to open borders between the US and Mexico, destroying our Constitution.

    It's saying bank robbers are doing nothing different than people who make a legal withdrawal from their bank.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    @Ajax, Frankly your insults wrapped in a wordy post leads one to assume that you have spent very little time looking at the real problems related to illegal immigration and a whole lot of time drinking the media elites cool aid.
    You call Sandstrom's plan a punitive one designed to purge us of "all undocumented foreign 'devils'". Devils? Really? Those are your words, not his nor anyone else who has posted on this topic. To try to lay that racially charged term at his or anyones feet is a shameful and despicable tactic.
    You also attempt to claim the higher ground of compassion.
    Lawlessness and compassion can never coexist. Compassion for lawlessness is usually self serving and only employed in an attempt to maintain the status quo (the real point of the Utah Compact). To show true compassion would mean acknowledging all the damage illegal immigration does to Legal Citizens.

    Feb. 17, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    27% agree with it, the rest question it. That sounds about right. Somewhat favor does not mean they are in favor, but may agree with certain parts.

    The title is misleading.

  • Right or Wrong Happy Valley, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    @Hardknocks: I am in the same place with the same thought process. "We" the people have a better outlet to voice our thoughts now.

    The issue still holds true It was wrong then, it's wrong today.

    The compact is nothing you claim it to be. It skirts the issue, makes obeying the law a matter of choice. It try's to convey a tone of respect, while really doing nothing to help. Immigration is not about countries, it's about people. States are the place where the people are governed. Most people who have read the compact and understand what it says are baffled by its empty rhetoric!

    If it is wrong today it was wrong then!

  • Hardknocks manti, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 3:51 p.m.

    Where were all you "law and order fanatics" over the last 50 years when this country consciously decided not to enforce our immigration laws? In fact through the 70s, 80s, and 90s we basically hung up a big sign on the boarder saying "Help Wanted" It was incredibly hypocritical of our country to leave the door open, turn our heads, then profit from their service.

    Now decades later, after millions of them have established their lives here, are raising families, and don't even remember their homeland- a segment of our society wants to send them all back. How cruel!

    I say secure the boarder. Send back new comers in the last 2-3 years. then the majority who are law abiding contributers to our society should be given a path to legal residency.

    The Utah Compact is logical, compassionate, just the right thing to do. and the great majority of Utahans DO support it!

  • legalimmigrant Springville, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 3:29 p.m.

    Mary: Once again, bad law according to whom? You cite several other examples, but fail to explain why our current immigration law is bad. Please enlighten us.

  • Mary E Petty Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    @legalimmigrant American History is replete with examples of changing bad law. In 1773 bad law was resisted in the Boston Tea Party. And in 1776 our founders declared their independence from this bad law. And in 1777 Vermont did away with bad law in their state by ending slavery. As a nation we did the same with the 13th Amendment. You can find other bad laws that no longer exist in America because people of good will compassionately and directly worked to institute good law, eliminating bad law. We need to do the same with bad immigration law.

    Samuel Adams, Florence Kelley, Martin Luther King and others in our history have led out in compassion against wrongs that were supported by "legal bad law." Current law must be changed to good law that reflects our humanity; protecting people of good will and promoting freedom, economic prosperity and public safety in Utah. I do not believe "Off with their heads" is the right way to solve bad law. I believe the Utah Compact is the right way to develop and institute good law for Utah.

  • Woodyff Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Polls can be designed to get the results you desire by the way questions are worded or the sample used. It is like the old saying "figures lie, and liars figure". I don't support the Utah Compact and I wasn't polled.

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    I say if our legislature favors Illegals over the Citizens of Utah we all need to unite and vote them out of office...Our founding fathers fought to give us the great America, we've had! Let's fight to keep our great country, that these brave souls left us. We don't want the compact or any other watered down Illegal Immigration bills.

  • legalimmigrant Springville, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 11:00 a.m.

    To Mary E Petty: Of course our immigration laws are 'bad,' but they are 'bad' for those who do not qualify for immigration! The US cannot afford a massive influx of immigrants each year. This is why there are requirements and yearly quotas for immigrant visas. You want our elected officials to change those laws? Go for it. In the meantime, please don't try to justify breaking our laws. You talk about compassion, yet you forget about all those people who suffer because of illegal immigration.

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 10:45 a.m.

    Implicit in the Sandstrom campaign are a lack of empathy for others, a paranoia expressed as a need to protect oneself at all costs in a world viewed as hostile and threatening, a blurring of the distinction between fantasy and objective reality, an unawareness of the meaning of deceit and a certain shamelessness. Not by chance are these qualities also attributes of an Egocentric consciousness noted at the maturation level of a ten-year-old child. In adults they appear as arrested development, often tied to cultural factors.

    Sandstrom's punitive plan to purge our society of all undocumented foreign "devils" is counterproductive in every way to jointly resolving our immigration problems while meeting our immigration needs. Far better suited to the task is a more maturely inclusive and honestly informed approach firmly set on the principles of compassion.

  • Speak English - USA West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 10:08 a.m.

    Let's take this a little bit further. I fully support Sanstrom's bill on ILLEGAL immigration. But I would also like to see the State of Utah pass a bill that gets rid of the Spanish option at banks, when calling local businesses, etc.

    This is America, and immigrants are welcome here if they go through the proper channels to get here. But if you are coming to join this great country, then learn the language and assimilate into our culture.

    The Utah Compact is a total farce! It has nothing to do with illegal immigration, so why do you guys keep printing it in the articles as part of the ILLEGAL immigration debate? It has NOTHING to do with it!

  • Mary E Petty Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 10:04 a.m.

    We have bad immigration law that must be changed. It is not reasonable or practical and harms people of good will. Utah must do something as a sovereign state to enhance the freedom, economic prosperity, and public safety of all peoples of good will who live and work within her borders.

    The Utah Compact is an excellent legislative tool that people of good will can use and come together,reaching across the aisle, to do more than just create new law to enforce the current bad law and lop off one another's heads. Together, we can institute good law in Utah for Utah's public safety, freedom and economic prosperity. Let's be true to our belief in the brotherhood of man and love thy neighbor as thyself.

  • calou84523 Ferron, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    Funny, everyone I talk to is against it and for an Arizona type law . . . . guess if you take your polls in left-wing, liberal Salt Lake City and extrapolate that to the rest of the population you can say that a majority of Utahans are in favour.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    @Jazz Bass Man

    If the results had been the opposite, would you also criticize the poll, or is it only a bad poll because you don't like the results?

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    danasic-leer-jim 1-Dan Walters-orcaone. Good comments and you are right on! Please everyone, write and support Sandstrom and Herrod. Don't listen to the DMN, Chamber, LaRaza, Sutherland, etc., they all have ulterior motives. Viva LEGAL immigration. Viva the laws of the USA.

  • Jazz Bass Man Wellsville, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    I know I wasn't polled on this joke of a poll. This is just more DN/KSL left wing propaganda trying to make us all think that it's ok to give amnesty to illegals, and that this is something we all want. Utahns overwhelmingly OPPOSE any form of amnesty for lawbreakers, regardless of what liberal propaganda the liberal media throws at us.

    If the pro-reconquista LA RAZA (the race) group supports the Utah Compact, then it just proves that the compact is not in the best interests of we the citizens.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    I wonder if we started up a 'White Day' and recognize white business owners, teachers, leaders etc, if it wouldn't be protested and groups like the latinos would demand to be a part of it.

    Since people complain about celebrating our founding fathers, the greatness of the United States, even pioneer day they get their underwear in a bunch and demand that they are recongized, minorities demanded that the statue depicting the fire fighters raising the flag over ground zero should include a black man and a latino man to make it "accurate"-when in fact it was white men that raised it.

    It's funny how they want to rewrite history and try to include themselves. If they want to be a part of history, they need to drop their flag and pick up the US flag and become part of the nation.

  • legalimmigrant Springville, Utah
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    The Utah Con Pact is a joke. As a legal immigrant, I feel insulted when they throw us in the same boat as the illegals. If our elected officials do not put the interests of the American people (citizens and legal immigrants) before those of the illegal aliens and the business mafias that support them, let's booted them out!

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:42 a.m.

    The idea that immigration is solely under federal jurisdiction is not supported, in fact the US Supreme court, in the 1836-37 case of New York VS Miln absolutely rejects the notion that the Federal government has jurisdiction over the Laws of the States in regards to immigration.

    The case centered around New York's law requiring all immigrants to be registered and found capable of supporting themselves or be supported by others or they would not be allowed to reside in NY. Miln, the captain of the merchant/passenger ship Emily rejected NY State law on the grounds of the US Constitutions Commerce Clause.

    In that I cannot post URL's on this comment board, feel to google NY vs Miln and carefully read the opinions of Justices Phillip Barbour and Henry Baldwin.

    Just because those who support this Compact say its the Feds jurisdiction over immigration, please don't take it at face value. IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE SEVERAL STATES to regulate immigration.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:32 a.m.

    To the DN and our elected representatives, Do you hear us?

  • J. Adams Sandy, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:30 a.m.

    The "Utah compact" is not what the majority of Utahns want. It is a subtle sidetract to the real problem; illegal immigration. The polls are twisted to make it look like it is popular, but everybody I talk to is disgusted with it. Legislators, do your duty and pass the toughest illegal immigration reforms in the country. It will send a message to stay out of Utah if you are illegal.

  • Dan Walters La Quinta, CA
    Feb. 17, 2011 8:05 a.m.

    If Utah appears as though they have become soft on Illegal Immigration the message will quickly spread to newly arriving Illegal Immigrants and those already residing Illegally in other states. It is evident that talk is being frequently heard in Arizona that many Illegal Immigrants have decided to move to Utah to escape the new Arizona law. There would be little to stop tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of Illegal Immigrants looking for greener pastures from making Utah their choice destination for residence. The guarantee for Utah is if you are weak on Illegal Immigration you will likely be a recipient of mass Illegal Immigration like you have never seen. Choose wisely...It will change your state and it will change your future and not necessarily for the good.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    To use the honorable service of the fine men and women honored at this ceremony to promote the twisted logic and hidden agenda of the "Utah Compact" is disgusting! They deserve better.

    Maybe we need a "Legal Resident and Citizen Day" to balance "Latino Day" if they are going to try to combine legals and illegals into a single group.

  • leer Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 7:48 a.m.

    Awarding the Utah Compact a prize: a propaganda love fest. Glad Zions Bank subsidized Latino Day and not the taxpayers of Utah...but wondering much like JanSan, how come no Chinese Day? Armenian Day? Native American Day? Seriously, Dan Jones, Utahns are smarter than you think. I am very happy and proud of ANYONE who supports their country by enlisting in the U.S. military, Latino or otherwise, but this type of event, conducted at the Capitol during session is just not appropriate.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 7:47 a.m.

    We have a bunch of politicians up on the hill that really have no regard for the middle class families that are out of work. Construction now belongs to the illegal and not the citizen. Fast food jobs belong to the illegal and not the legal high school kids looking for part time work or legal mothers trying to
    to help the family. In this state if you notice being an illegal Latino gives you benefits that we pay for and respect they don't deserve for breaking into our country. Only the voters can rid capital hill of those that disrespect the legal middle class.

  • orcaone Lehi, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 7:45 a.m.

    What poll? Most legal Utah citizens want illegal immigration stopped, period. Latino day and self serving polls do not change the facts.

  • curious george Orem, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    "KSL/Des. News poll shows Utahn's receptive to Utah Compact" Exactly whom did you poll? I also read the document. The whole thing is a farce. Someone must be getting payed off to makeup this stuff up. The American people, the people of the State of Utah are sick and fed up with politicians, the buisness community and the news media ignoring the will of the people so they can put money in their pockets. The problem of illegal immigration is an issue that if it had been delt with decades ago as the people of this country requested would not be something that is helping drag "our" country into chaos today.

  • Emophiliac Vernal, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    Let's ignore immigration. Fine, that can stay between the Feds and other nations. It is State business to give out business licenses and regulate businesses. We need to support Herrod's bill to require (none of this 'may' stuff) all employers to verify that their employees are US citizens or legal residents. At present, about 1 in 3 hispanics in Utah are illegals, according to the Census and the Pew statistics of 110,000 illegals in Utah. There is obviously a big problem here, but the Chamber of Commerce and the Legislature don't want to fix it, since it will cost them cheap labor.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    I don't believe the Dan Jones poll either. And I demand a Welsh Day. I also believe that the solution is enforcement, which has never been done when passing amnesty bills, and adhering to the laws. Viva LEGAL immigration.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 7:16 a.m.

    How can people support anything that does not address the problem, nor offer any solutions? Get off the compact wagon DN, it's not relevant when dealing with illegal immigration.

  • Rosebyanyothername Home Town USA, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 6:57 a.m.

    Sorry, but this is getting VERY old. Honoring themselves and taking the military as a smoke screen is out of line. Yes, these people did serve their country, but come on there is NO connection here..

    Really. It sounds like Tony Y's work again. Does the Utah Bar approve of his support of the illegal's Utah Compact? Where does he draw the line?

    I agree with the comments that there are no Chinese Days, etc. Every day there is something about this Ut Compact. Get over yourselves. Please.

    Polls can be biased, so I don't take the opinion of a few "selected" unscientific or random sample. I know what I am talking about, but the general public is smarter then these trumped up results.

    So transparent. The last comment by Anti-Liar says is all and is right on!!

    BTW. My ancestors came from Mexico legally 95 years ago, my father served in the military, as did my uncles, and own son. Pardon me if I am defensive of the military.

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 6:55 a.m.

    More DN propaganda, real polls show Utahns want the law enforced and illegals thrown out of here in big numbers.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    Feb. 17, 2011 5:24 a.m.

    The Utah compact starts off telling us that immigration is between the Federal government and foreign governments. I believe this is Senator Robles idea of helping out her old employer.

    Immigration in this country has always been about the Government and the people. There is no place in immigration law where it says that our country sets our quotas or enforcement according to the wishes of another country. That statement scares me. It should scare everyone in this country also.

    The compact never address illegal immigration, just immigration. I've never seen another attempt that tried to protect lawbreakers, by mixing them in with those who obey the law, ans claiming they are the same.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 4:41 a.m.

    Who did they poll? All the Mexican illegals neighborhoods? The compact is unconstitutional and illegal and illegal Latino's do not have rights, civil or criminal or constitutional. Their rights ended at the border.

    This compact is an corporate Utah agreement to make sure illegal aliens can get jobs with the companies endorsing it. Any business endorsing the pact should be boycotted and left to die a slow death. Eduction cannot endorse this pact, the state legislators cannot endorse this pact, any who do so is criminally aiding and abetting illegal aliens and Mexicans in this state. This cleverly written document proposes to allow illegal mexicans to loot and pilfer from the poor and keep americans out of jobs.

    Businesses in this state should all be charged with criminal employment of illegal aliens by violating the Federal and state labor laws that profoundly makes it criminal to employ them. It is time we stop making illegal criminals feel welcome to loot our state and country and unemployed Utahans.

  • Hunt Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 17, 2011 2:18 a.m.

    The only thing you need to know about the Utah Compact is that it makes no attempt to differentiate between legal and illegal immigration. Pertaining to legal immigration, I can support it. I do not support nor do I feel that as a Legal U.S. Citizen should I in anyway have to support illegal activity of any kind. I'm sure the Dan Jones Poll made no attempt to differentiate between legal and illegal and therefore it represents skewed numbers.
    I cannot find anyone amongst those I talk to on a daily basis that in anyway condone illegal immigration nor the illegal activities, such as identity theft, that shortly follows their arrival into our country.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 10:22 p.m.

    I don't care about the poll in regard to the Utah Compact. I know that the purpose of the Utah Compact was to deceive. Not surprisingly, it apparently has. It very cunningly, purposely and knowingly seeks to convince the reader that there is, in fact, NO legal, moral nor Constitutional difference between legal immigration and illegal immigration, when they know perfectly well not only that there is, but that this difference is precisely the crux of the matter at hand.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    I do not believe Dan Jones poll. Just depends on who and where you call. Dan Jones wife is a demo on the hill. Make your own conclusions. We do not need a guest worker program. We need more jobs for americans. A guest in someone who is invited, not someone who came in the back door without knocking.

    The american people are tired of illegal immigration and they want it fixed. I will watch closely how my representatives vote and i will work hard to get rid of those who support the illegals.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 8:43 p.m.

    I took a document to the office, describing all my good intentions, but justifying that I really didn't have to accomplish anything. I didn't receive any accolades...

  • JanSan Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 16, 2011 8:22 p.m.

    I know that this may sound prejudice.. I don't mean for it to.. but I am wondering why they have a "Latino Day"? Tell me do they have a Chinese Day, and Italian Day? A Native American Day? A Somoan Day?

    I guess I have a hard time understanding why if they are here because they want to be a part of this country why they have to have a particular day reconizing that they are Latino. It seems to me that they keep doing things to keep them apart from the rest of us.

    Does Mexico have an American Day? Just asking...

    I guess I just don't understand why if they are so excited about being here.. why can't they just be an American?

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    BUSINESS & LABOR Utah is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role legal immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. We also acknowledge the drain caused by illegal immigration on our taxpayers. Utahs illegal immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and honest business-friendly state. We also realize that the state is not just business, but millions of honest hardworking dedicated people, that deserve a honest government that watches out for itheir best interests.

    A HONEST SOCIETY Legal Immigrants are integrated into communities across Utah. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history and spirit of inclusion. Utah should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill that come here legally.

    Side by side, which would you choose?

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Feb. 16, 2011 7:51 p.m.

    I believe the high numbers of support come from talking about immigration, and not referencing immigration. This is a more honest approach.

    New Utah Compact

    FEDERAL AND STATE Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and states. We urge Utahs congressional delegation, and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing illegal immigrants in Utah.

    LAW ENFORCEMENT MANDATORY We respect the rule of law and support law enforcements professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on all criminal activities, not just the ones they want to enforce.

    FAMILIES & PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY Strong honest families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families, however, those who break immigration laws knowingly, are responsible for breaking up their family. We encourage everyone to make honest, sensible, decisions, by obeying immigration laws.

  • Right or Wrong Happy Valley, Utah
    Feb. 16, 2011 7:21 p.m.

    After careful reading of the compact I find it a total farce. It contradicts itself several times, and offers no direction.

    Illegal immigration is a very simple thing, either you believe in following the law or you don't. Immigration is needed, illegal is not.

    The compact is a waste of time, it offers nothing to the solution.