Comments about ‘Illegal immigration bills not in accord with Utah Compact, Bishop Wester says’

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Published: Friday, April 8 2011 5:29 p.m. MDT

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Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: Grover | 10:11 a.m. April 9, 2011

We could easily pass a federal law making it illegal to grant any financial assistance, either state or federal, to anyone who is not a US citizen or who has a green card.

Where there's a will there's a way. Providing medical and welfare assistance to illegal aliens is not the answer.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

How about this story: Utah Compact not in accord with current immigration law.

a lawrence
phoenix, az

A couple of posters seem not to understand how illegal workers can displace legal workers. It is fairly simple: they under-bid them for the work. It is an insidious process. In my industry, construction, it has been happening for about twenty-five years.

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

The way I see it.....Herbert is gone and will be replaced by someone like Sandstrom who will carry out the rule of law by enforcing current law, heavily fine those who hire illegals, and do away with the Driver Priv Card! The Church has too show some compassion they are a church...and have members who serve as Bushops, Stake Presidents etc....they can continue with the Compassion speech but reasonable citizens will show vote for enforcing and obeyance to the rule of law!

Noah
So Ogden, Ut

According to a story broadcast on National Public Radio on March 18, Mara Liasson, stated, "The White House has been planning to make another push for immigration legislation sometime in the next couple of months." Already, the Obama administration is participating in a new and very threatening new strategy, working with states like Utah to overturn U.S. law. Utah has decided to issue its own, very-unconstitutional work visas to illegal aliens! This unconstitutional action might be laughable if so many serious institutions weren't backing it, and if it weren't being spotlighted as model legislation by scores of newspapers nationwide. The state of Utah is now asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to grant a "waiver" to Utah so that Utah can allow illegal aliens to work there--legally?? Holder actually met with a delegation of Utah officials concerning this matter. NumbersUSA is fighting to keep this ridiculous and unconstitutional idea from spreading to other states that happen to want cheap illegal labor. Hopefully we can keep the Obama administration from granting an unconstitutional "waiver" to Utah.

Noah
So Ogden, Ut

Just mentioning cheap labor and not adding costs may leave readers thinking that business passes along savings and its a win-win. But "According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal immigration costs American taxpayers $113 billion annually. This amounts to $1,117 per household to pay for the health care, education, welfare and incarceration of illegal immigrants." [Reported by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), March 2, 2011]
citing the Bracero program from 1942 to 1964 as having "benefited the national US economy", and its true the Bracero Program, like all guestworker programs, are primarily about cheap labor. But when Congress ended this program, tomato farmers claimed that the Bracero Program was essential to their survival, but growers invested in mechanization and production quadrupled over the next 30 years. See the report by Economic professors Tella and Martin in the Washington Times.

Watch Dog
Provo, UT

It's not about compassion. It's not about right or wrong. It certainly is not about about honoring or respecting our law. It is all about greed. Greed of the employer, and the businesses we utilize in our lives.

What most do not recognize is that just as soon as we legalize the present batch of illegal aliens, greedy employers will be overlooking them, and importing more illegal aliens to take advantage of - for they do not want to pay fair or competitive wages if they can figure out how to cheat the system, or get someone else to pick up their tab, etc.

Trooper55
Williams, AZ

I have read a lot of the comments that have been and agree with some and not with others. I further believe that the Bishop had some good to say. I believe it's high time that we stop giving the illegals any help what so ever, if they are in this country illegally. The U.S. govt. needs to put a stop to not enforcing the law and stop the illegals from coming to this country. I believe further that the business owners need to be held liable if they hire the illegals with stiff fines and the chance of losing their business. AZ. has a law like the one I am talking about. There should be a seperation of State and Church and be told not to mix in the law.

WhatsGoingOnHere
Ogden, UT

Bishop Wester is doing the same thing everyone else is, looking out for his own self interest. A lot of the illegal immigrants are Catholics, not many of the citizens of Utah are catholic. It is simple his self interest to be siding with those that are breaking the laws as opposed to those that are here legally.

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