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Published: Wednesday, March 30 2011 3:00 p.m. MDT

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Dallas, TX

'Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.', said Christ.
'Go away, even if you are trying to provide bread for your children.', say the misguided Utahans behind this effort.

Provo, UT

When Jesus establishes the Nation of Christ, then he can set the immigration rules.

Until then, "We believe in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law."

Sandy, UT

I think all the Utahans that disagree with this law should move down to Arizona where the laws fit their mentalities better. There, isn't that simple? It would save the vast majority of Utahans that do agree with this law from hearing the yapping dogs.

BYU Alum
Cedar Hills, UT

We are a nation of laws. It wasn't Russia or China or Germany or Japan that has driven our country to its knees, it was an invasion from Mexico. Immigrants can COME HERE THE RIGHT WAY by obeying our laws and filling out the proper paperwork and waiting their turn and I for one would have no problem with them. I am a Democrat and my wife is a Republican and we will NOT vote for or support ANYONE in government who supports HB166, the Utah Amnesty bill.

Holladay, UT

I support the efforts of our Utah legislators and governor in crafting a comprehensive solution to the problem. It may not be perfect, but it is going in the right direction. The problem stems from the fact that the number of legal immigrants allowed was never properly adjusted to meet the demands of the growing US economy for decades. Hence, workers (and their families)came to fill the needs in agriculture, construction, hospitality, manufacting etc. The opponents have no solution for those that are here except to drive the 110,000+ illegals from the State and the 12+million from the country. It is wholey impractical and immoral to drive them out in essence leaving the equivalent of Salt Lake City vacated- empty homes, empty apartments, workers gone, consumers gone, families torn apart. I (and most of us in Utah) reject such a proposition. It is time for the enforement only crowd to be part of constructive discussions on how to address the problem.

Salt Lake, UT

We'll see how much 'support of mainstream Utah' this has in Nov 2012.

This 'work permit' is a joke and everyone knows it will never get past the Feds.

sandy, utah

We don't have job for 42.000 illegals here, they need to work but not here, they need to work in their country, their country need this illegals there not here.
we don't have place, we don't have jobs, we don't have enought even for us, My kid is trying to find a job and can't get it, how can we have jobs for illegals if we don't even have job for us?
please lets think about that, we don't have job for everybody, they need to get back to their country and work there not here....sorry!

sandy, utah

we don't need to move to Arizona, illegals need to move to their country! here is my state, my country, illegals need to move not me! sorry!
you can move to Mexico if you want or Arizona! by the way maybe you are from Mexico to think like that!

Salt Lake City, UT

Amehico!!! That's what a group of hispanic teenagers call this country at my daughter's school. How do all you service men and women feel about that? Folks you DO NOT fully understand the lack of respect for the USA from this upcoming generation of children of both illegal and legal immigrants from south of the border. It is gut wrenching and is very real. I love the PRO - Illegal comments that come from those people on the east side of the valley. Get out of your bubble on the east bench once in a while and you'll see the intense invasion going on in Utah. And trust me, they are not all here to "work" for a better life.

Murray, Ut

We have work visas already in this country. Taking away jobs from citizens and given them to foreign nationals is not the job of Utah's legislature. This legislation violates the rights of American citizens by not protecting American jobs in this country. It would destroy American families and the ability of Americans to provide for their family. This law declares war on American workers and is a disgrace to Americans across the country.

However, this law will never see the light of day. It would require changes to Federal immigration and labor laws. What this law is, is an attempt to stop E-verify and protect the drivers privilege cards. It's also an advertisement for Utah's business community to attract illegal immigrants to this state up until May 11 of this year. Our Governor and legislature has broke Federal immigration laws by encouraging people to come here illegally.

Murray, Ut

lopaki, Many people never profited during the boom years, because of the flood of illegal labor. I know good honest people who lost everything after years in construction because of the companies that flooded the market with illegal help.

It's those business responsibility for hiring them, not the American people. We already paid with reduced wages.

You don't stop lawbreaking by rewarding illegal behavior. When workers relocate for temporary work, and it ends, they go home. The boom and the jobs are gone.
It's time for the temp workers to go home.

Ogden, UT

I agree with this law and I support the Governor for his decision to approve this bill.

Orem, Utah

This bill was to open the door to all illegals to come to Utah. The Republican control body justify that it will allow them to come to Utah and do jobs that Utahns won't do; really? Did these politicians really visit the Department of Workforce Services and talk to the people who was unemployed? Perhaps the business sectors would pay a fair wage and hire the unemploy, then you won't need the illegals here. And for those who support the bill, you are saying that you support law breakers. Remember, the end never justify the means. Those who support this bill, go visit the Department of Workforce Services and talk to the unemploy and tell them why you support illegals over your Utahns!

John Adams
Miami, FL

@ texlds | 4:15 p.m. March 30, 2011

The quote you give has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with immigration. The Lord was speaking to those who were still "laboring" under the Mosiac law and "heavy laden" with the burdens of over 600 made-man laws.

It never ceases to amaze me how people take pieces of scripture out of context in a feeble attempt to rationalize their personal opinions.

HB 116 is wrong, it's that simple.

Sugar City, ID

Why does Mexico boast that it has the world's richest man while its only export is its people? Libyans are trying to overthrow their tyrannical government and NATO is helping because Libyan exiles will overwhelm neighboring countries. Why not help Mexican immigrants to go back and take over their own country? Get at the root causes of their willing to risk their lives and leave families behind to escape from Mexico.

jim l
West Jordan, UT

I served our country in the military. Now i expect our country to protect us. Repeal HB 116

Springville, Utah

All the people I have talked to agree this bill is not what Utah needs. Someone is lying. I guess we will find out who in the next elections, or hopefully sooner. In the meantime, I am signing the petition to repeal HB 116 and talking to my family, friends and neighbors into signing this petition as well. Those who throw the compassion argument are either naive or totally ignorant about the illegal immigration problem.

Spanish Fork, UT

We have laws that allow for immigrant labor. Businesses found it cheaper to higher illegal help to the detriment of all of us and our government turned a blind eye. Would you condone illegally downloading movies from the internet. The consequences are similar in that it hurts our economy and punishes legal labor and legal workers.

Draper, UT

Ever since Gov. Herbert signed HB 116 into law, immigration attorneys that live here in Utah have been saying that their phone lines have been ringing OFF THE HOOK from illegal aliens from other states, asking if they really will be able to stay in the country if they "move to Utah and get that working privelage card by Mary 10th". The immigration attorneys have said that us Utahns better brace ourselves for a HUGE influx of illegal aliens into this state, in the next two months. Illegals want to get here before the deadline.

Herbert, how do you NOT understand that HB 116 is INCENTIVIZING illegals to flood into Utah?!! I am just appalled at this bill. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out!

If you leave a pile of sugar next to the opening of an ant hill, the ants will flood to it!!

Salt Lake City, UT

@ lopaki

I don't think that you have the right to say "I (and most of us in Utah) reject such a proposition". Do you know most of the people in Utah? The only reason you have this false concept in your head is because the LDS church has backed the bill. However, just because the church backed the bill does not make it a good or moral bill. So, to assume that most of the people in Utah support or want this bill is asinine.

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