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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 23 2011 6:00 p.m. MST

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Eagle Mountain, UT

How are they going to get people to actually participate in this program? They came here illegally, what makes us think that they will be jumping at the chance to participate in this program where they have to pay for all the expenses? Is there going to be any enforcement of this? Or is it just a nice idea to prove that Utah is compassionate?


We need an honest fiscal note.


We need an honest fiscal note. If enforcing the law by law officers is to expensive, then asking Work force services to create an entirely new office, administrate and enforce is going to be three times more expensive. Legal costs? How about unemployment compensation for Utahns put out of work by a government that took their jobs away from them?

We need an honest fiscal note.

Murray, Ut

With almost 10 percent unemployment in this country, we are going to give the available jobs to foreign citizens?

Isn't bringing in low wage workers akin to slavery? Create a lower class of workers?

Provo, UT

"Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff testified in favor of the bill, saying an enforcement-only approach would drive undocumented immigrants deeper into the shadows."

Most criminals drive themselves into the shadows by their actions. Utah's taxpayers should not need to bail out those who break our laws and steal jobs.

Robles has said they are here for the jobs, with 10% unemployment, we don't need them. Let those waiting in other countries take their place as citizens.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

hopefully the full senate will show more sense than the committee.

Bountiful, UT


I think the fiscal aspect is covered by the fees immigrants would pay to become documented & legitimate. There would be a net gain to state finances, tax revenues would not be needed for this program.

Murray, UT

20 million does not cover the cost of schooling, social services etc. It does not cover the administrative and enforcement cost. It's not an accurate fiscal note. It covers income, but not cost.

SLC, Utah

"Robles' measure would require undocumented immigrants of working age to register for an 'accountability card' every two years." - Article

This is in violation of a federal law!!

Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 USC 1324 says:

Section 274 felonies under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, INA 274A(a)(1)(A):

A person (including a group of persons, business, organization, or local government) commits a federal felony when she or he: Assists an alien s/he should reasonably know is illegally in the U.S. or who lacks employment authorization, by transporting, sheltering, or assisting him or her to obtain employment...

Thus, Robles' accountability card would immediately render the state employee who issued a card a federal felon for aiding and abetting an illegal immigrant.

Murray, UT

ACLU said it was illegal. You can't give jobs to foreign citizens when Americans are available and able to do the.

Why should Utah citizens bankroll a guest worker program that steals their jobs.

Why not just issue a resolution asking the Federal government to issue more Agriculture visas that are already available?

Spanish Fork, UT

Robles needs to be investigated. She has violated her oath of office by working for the State of Utah as a Senator while at the same time working for the Mexican Government. This of course also calls into question where her loyalties lie and what her real motives are.

Glendale, AZ

Not being a resident of Utah, my opinion may not be supported.

Please, look at the ramifications of what this bill would do to Utah.
Has anyone inquired into how much funds the state of Utah and it's cities and counties pay to support illegal immigrants? Los Angeles and California are now spending billions of taxpayer funds for illegal immigrants!

You don't solve a problem by changing the definition of "illegal".

Utah is now only one of two states that give drivers licenses to illegal immigrants. All others that did changed their policies once the understood the unintended consequences.

Now Utah is going to give illegal immigrants work permits?

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