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Published: Tuesday, May 3 2011 11:00 a.m. MDT

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One bill interferes with federal power and authority over immigration, and the other three don't?

Perfect example of the dishonesty in the illegal immigration debate.

Cottonwood Heights, UT

I'm a legal citizen of the USA and I have to carry my "papers" with me all the time... it's called a drivers license. I used my birth certificate and other documents to obtain it and it proves my legal status. I see no reason that anyone should have a problem carrying legal proof that they can be here. This is just another example that the ACLU just likes to make money for their attorneys by filing stupid law suits.

Salt Lake, UT

We need to find the ACLU members addresses and sent the illegals to live by them.

denver, co

They just won $300000 from Weld cty over the DA seizing papers when they went into a tax filing office due to alot of illegals filing to get refund; many of which were fraud. Hope UT fairs better.

ACLU doesnt care that Americans are being hurt; just want to make sure illegals are treated better then US Citizens.

Legal residents of the US are required to carry their papers all the time too like US citizens. Imagine what happens if you forget your purse / wallet with it in it and you get pulled over? Do they let you go? will the ACLU help you? not likely.

Ogden, Ut

I agree whole-heartedly. I have to show my "papers" to get a job, to buy smokes, alchahol, traffic stops so on and so forth. My wife, a LEGAL Immigrant from Romania, has to have her "A" number (permanent resident card) that we had to pay over $800 dollars for, on her person at all times. If we move, we have to pay through the nose to change her address legally on her card.
we have worked hard to get to where we are today. i am not saying that the illegals do not do that, BUT, unlike them, I could not get help from the state/government when I was out of work because my wife is not a baby factory, nor is she illegal. It is a shame. I work so hard all my life so that I could have a retirement, but because of the costs going out to the illegals who DO NOT pay their bills, I may never be able to retire. Not to mention my kids and grandkids definately will never be able to get any form of help at retirement age because of the illegal situation.

Syracuse, UT

"The lawsuit alleges the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with federal power and authority over immigration. The suit also claims it allows unreasonable seizures and arrests in violation of the Fourth Amendment."

Thats because your illegal you have no rights if your illegal and don't pay taxes or vote.

Tooele, UT

Re: "ACLU Files Lawsuit . . . ."

What a shock! The ACLU filing a lawsuit whose sole purpose is to aid lawbreakers and hinder enforcement of a valid and important law?

Who'da thought?

The ACLU has surpassed its stereotype.

Kaysville, UT

The ACLU is one of the greatest defender of the Constitution in the United States.

If you truly believe the Constitution is inspired, you would become a paying member of the ACLU.


Those two groups were not the only ones who filed the suit.

Actions toward the enforcement side of the law, while leaving the guest worker provisions alone will only build greater resentment.

Compassion for law breakers while being hurtful to legal citizens and immigrants is not compassion. Compassion comes by teaching people to do things the right way, so that they continue doing it the rest of their lives.

Somewhere in the USA, UT

This is so funny to me, because I thought what we passed was so close to amnesty that I am really having a hard time with it -- I'm trying, but not so good with me yet. Trying to be civil and understanding. Just a very good point that neither side will ever be saisified with anything other than our full way.

So thank you ACLU, I'm going back to my nothing expect for deportion and coming back in the front door.

Albuquerque, NM

This is going to be a very long, hard battle. Basically it is a struggle to enforce the law in the least expensive way possible. The problem is.. illegal aliens are immediately thought to be Hispanics, and the Hispanics are working as hard as they possibly can to be identified as a separate race, and a race that is discriminated against.

If we do not move forward now to enforce the law, things will only get more difficult, and I do believe Mexico as well as those groups in the United States that support illegal aliens in country, are paying the money to get the law suits in place. I think that is important because those law suits do not express the will of the people. In turn, it may become important that the will of the people be expressed, and we may wind up with a vote on the issue of illegal aliens. I would welcome that.. and very soon.

Salt Lake City, UT

The ACLU is a joke....

Everyone gets asked for their drivers license, proof of insurance and registration.....

Proof positive you are here legally....

drivers card, no insurance, Mexican Registration.....youre' not, go home!

Another Perspective
Bountiful, UT

I wish the ACLU success. People who look as if they might be illegal will be put under an increased burden that other won't have to put up with. It isn't fair.

Rocket Science
Brigham City, UT

Hold-on! Think about what is being said to those who are here illegally . . .because you are illegal you have no rights . . That is un-American to say. Americans believe all persons have certain rights. Yes, citizens have more rights such as voting etc. and legal residents have many rights but that does not negate all rights we recognize in the US to those here illegally. Lets work together for a solution that includes the combination of the rule of law and compassion. Expressions of hatred in the form of denying all rights will get us nowhere.

Salt Lake City, UT

I have to wonder how racial profiling by police officers can be an intelligent thought to even entertain. How many officers are of Hispanic descent? Does anyone have the audacity to suggest that a person of one culture would intentionally profile someone of his or her own skin color or ethnic characteristics? The proposed laws do NOT focus on nor would they lead to racial profiling; people would be retained if they were appearing to commit an illegal act. LOOKING illegal wouldn't be part of any of the good laws - DOING something illegal would.

Lehi, UT

You see the rub is--they are NOT citizens, therefore are not protected under OUR constitution, that is only reserved for LEGAL residents. I have all the compassion in the world for those trying to better themselves, but when they cheat and steal to accomplish that end, I lost any respect I had. If you want to be here so badly, do it the right and honest way, instead of butting in line of those who may be in the same situation, but want to follow the rule of law! How hard is it for people to understand that if they are here, they need to follow the USA's laws. If not, LEAVE!

Furthermore, these "rights" are for citizen's, not illegal aliens who are breaking our laws! I have to carry around my license every time I get in a car and drive. When I show my credit card, guess what, out comes my license! The police don't target just one race, they target everyone, as it should be!

Proud to be American
West Jordan, UT

A guy gets pulled over for going 85 miles an hour in a 45 MPH speed zone. The police radar the man, and pull him over for speeding. The man turns to the police officer and says "you pulled me over because I am Latino didn't you?" The police officer responds, "no, I pulled you over because you were going 40 MPH over the speed limit sir."

I am so sick and tired of the race card! It is illegal to be in the United States illegally. Utah and Arizona realize that basic concept, and they are trying to do something about it.

Is the ACLU going to now sue our own federal government because we killed Osama Bin Laden and didn't give him a fair trial? Give me a break!

Jazz Bass Man
Wellsville, Utah

The ACLU has a left wing agenda, which is to destroy our freedoms by destroying our rule of law. Americans should all get together and file a class action suit against THEM for aiding and abetting criminals.

If the illegals don't like the fact that Utah is going to enforce our immigration laws, which the feds will NOT do, then they are free to go back to mexico. It's not like they will be missed.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

The ACLU loses most of their cases that go to court.
They get most of their "victories" by intimidation. People are intimidated by the cost of a law suit.

This is why we need loser pays. If we had loser pays the ACLU would go bankrupt and people would not be afraid of defending themselves.

Syracuse, UT

to: Rocket Science
It is not un-american to say, illegals should not have any rights, they take our money for welfare, and other things that can help out legal americans.

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