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Published: Friday, April 29 2011 12:00 p.m. MDT

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Syracuse, UT

@ Pagan

There are two words in your comments that you need to pay special attention to.

"Perhaps" and "claims".

Before you post anything, people should get the facts and not guess or take some articles as fact until they have been proven to be fact.

Pocatello, ID

I believe the immigration solution is pretty simple, however nobody has the political gumption to pull it off.

civility is dead
Salt Lake City, Utah

The current folly is demonizing anyone who falls outside our way of thinking. This is a difficult subject that has devastating consequences to individuals and families. It becomes too easy to blame all of societys ills on people finding themselves in desperate circumstances. Any laws broken by most of these people pale in comparison to higher laws which should be considered by people of conscience.

Salt Lake City, UT

Eddie | 2:10 p.m.,


Ergo my post at Pagan | 2:07 p.m., page 1.

Chad S
Derby, KS

Illegally entering and staying in a country is akin to rolling through a stop sign? I think not. "Are you honest in your dealings with your fellow man?" Sound familiar?

Rexburg, ID

Why is this even in the news? There are many deported immigrants that never get their faces in the newspaper. It appears that this family was at least trying to contribute to society. So they are here illegally. That's a travesty. I feel bad they are being deported, but that is the law. Why embarrass this family any more by posting their faces and names in the news paper? Also, if the laws are bad, let's change them. I don't think enforcing laws based on how we feel about them supports the rule of law or is safe for society in the long run.

Sandy, UT

What are you doing DN and KSL will follow on for tonight news? Leave the family alone privately.

Provo, UT


And on this issue, I have to disagree with you.

Lindon, UT

@Say No To Bo:

Perhaps you will get the whole story, and maybe a little more, from the other local newspaper. I'm sure they will tell it all and will leave no stones unturned in doing so, even to the extent of hurtful non-information against the family. I'm sure they will also find a way to show negativity to the LDS Church because the man was called as a branch president.

Farmington, UT

ICE's policy is self-evident. The agency makes sure it gets newspaper or TV coverage whenever it deports a fine, upstanding undocumented member of our society. The reason? To drum up support for a so-called comprehensive immigration bill, a code word for amnesty for illegal aliens. Our wonderful representatives in Congress will say, "This is a one-time amnesty only. If you can't prove you've been breaking our immigration laws, you're not eligible for amnesty." That's tantamount to saying, "If you've been waiting in line for a visa or green card, sorry, we've decided to give priority to the proven lawbreakers." But try telling prospective illegal aliens that this is a one-time program. They'll come by the millions, knowing full well that our legislators are chicken-hearted cowards who will cave in the next time we have millions of illegal aliens in danger of deportation. Amnesty will do nothing more than encourage further illegal immigration. If Congress decides to charge a fine, penalty or fee for the right

Murray, UT

ChadS said: "Illegally entering and staying in a country is akin to rolling through a stop sign? ..."

The answer is, depends. If it's your first time caught then it is a civil offense, not a criminal one. If caught and deported then the second illegal entry is a felony.

Salt Lake City, UT

Deport him... enough said.

Lindon, UT

Sorry, Pagan: You are wrong again. The LDS Church does not get involved in the status of illegal persons. If they did, he probably wouldn't have been called as a branch president. Why don't you blog facts rather than your opinions, which always seem to be hateful towards the LDS Church.

No One Of Consequence
West Jordan, UT

The problem with being one of the 'good guys' is that you have to obey laws and live a moral life. So when we say someone living in the shadows outside the law is a good person, we change the meaning of 'good'. Everyone who makes disobedience to laws a habit has a good excuse...but that doesn't make them good.

It is not good to work under a stolen identity or off-the-books.

It is not good to encourage people to come here and live in an exploitable underclass to depress wages.

It is not good to look the other way while illegal aliens and employers break laws; or to suddenly enforce the rules and break up families.

And it is not good to expect the law-abiding citizens and legal aliens to bear the brunt of the misdeeds of illegal aliens and their enablers: illegal employers, identity theft artists, coyotes, pro-illegal immigration lobbyists and corrupt government officials.

It's time for everyone to start being good. I think that's what the LDS church is saying: be good to each other.

Salt Lake City, UT

'Why don't you blog facts rather than your opinions, which always seem to be hateful towards the LDS Church.' - panamadesnews | 3:11 p.m.

'I guess, in this case, I can stand with some of the LDS members on this issue.' - Pagan | 2:07 p.m., page 1.

Wow! I paint the LDS in a positive light and I am STILL a 'hater!'


Back to the: 'The LDS Church does not get involved in the status of illegal persons.' - Same

*'LDS Church grapples with missionary immigration issues' - 04/27/09 - Mormon Lawyers website
'Over the weekend the Salt Lake Tribune reported on an LDS missionary returning home from his mission was detained in the Cincinnati Airport for lack of documentation. The young man apparently was an undocumented alien, and his arrest has sparked new discussion about how the LDS Church deals with immigration issues.'

Good day.

Provo, Utah

Too bad we don't have a system that would allow a sponsor (individual or family) to accept responsibility for undocumented/illegal aliens. The sponsor pays a fee/fine and is on the hook to see that certain language, civics, ethics and other education/training is performed. People of good moral character and who have made the effort to contribute to society regardless of their immigration status (i.e. lack of documentation) could work towards citizenship. Undocumented aliens who are here to take advantage would not easily find sponsors and would be subject to deportation when apprehended. I'm sure in this man's case that just as many people would step forward to be his sponsor as there would be people willing to drive the bus (actually, I believe they fly) to the border to drop him off.

Murray, UT


Overstaying a visa is a crime punishable by deportation and a fine. Crossing the border is a crime (misdemeanor) punishable by a fine, jail, and deportation. Stealing an id, working without permission, lying on a 1-9 form etc. are all felonies.

It's not like rolling through a stop sign. Illegal immigration is a crime that leads to other crimes to work.

When did the LDS church say our immigration laws were bad?

We have the most liberal laws in the world, and allow more people here legally than any other country. There is nothing wrong with our laws, what's wrong is people using that excuse to encourage more people to break them.

Leesburg, VA

1.- The Current Immigration Law is a failure. And Yes! We need to have amnesty for all those people who have been here for a specific time and have not broken the law since residing on U.S. soil. Is there a better and realistic option?
2.- The article lacks in specifics and everything we can say about the reasons why Mr. Callejas and his family are being deported is mere speculation.
3.- The fact that this gentleman is a Church Leader doesn't make him innocent nor guilty.
4.- If Mr. Callejas is being unfairly targeted let's hope the INS can work with this man and his family. As a naturalized citizen myself I have gone through the whole process of immigration, through out the years in the U.S. I have seen many instances in which INS officers have displayed great humanity and compassion to honest people whose only crime is to look for a better future for them and their families.

Murray, UT

It's been reported in other media that he was denied asylum. If so, he might of ignored a deportation order.

People usually get articles written about them because of activists like Tony Yapais and their lawyers reporting it. It's a last ditch effort to get public support behind them.

lehi, ut

I understand how hard it can be to be deported from a place that you are trying to make a living with your family, but we still have laws that we have to abey. I'm from Brazil and my husband it's from Utah. He went to Brazil to marry me and after our honeymoon, he went back home and I stayed behind waiting for the immigration to take care of my papers.
I had a tourist visa and I could have moved to the US, but I was raised with a religious parents that thought me not just to try my best to obey God's law, but to try to obey the country law too, so we decided that it wasn't right. At the time we didn't know when we would see each other again(thank goodness, it took only 2 months for my interview), but we trusted that doing the right thing would blessed us,so everything would be done fast and it did. The first week I got here, I received my Social Security Number and my Green Card...

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