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

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Are you for the rule of law or not?

The immigration issue makes it very easy to divide people into two camps:

a. Those who support the rule of law and the enforcement of laws (including immigration laws), and prosecution of people who break the laws.

b. Those who favor only selective enforcement of laws, and total disregard of some laws.

It is easy to see where people fall on this issue, and it is utterly disgusting that some who claim to defend our Constitution, or are public servants elected to uphold the law are so blatantly advocating breaking the laws.

Please, AG Holder, AG Shurtleff, ACLU, La Raza and friends- what laws can U.S. citizens, Anglos and legal immigrants choose to ignore.

Will you defend my "right" to ignore all income tax laws and traffic laws? If not, why not? Why would you discriminate against legal U.S. citizens who want to disobey laws?

Why can only illegal immigrants get to disobey laws with impunity?

Are you for the rule of law or not?

Farmington, UT

My only problem with this bill is that I wish it would simply verify the citizenship of EVERYONE pulled over. If the ACLU has a problem with that, then I hope they work on preventing the authorities from looking to see if there I have any existing on me when I get pulled over.

Mariion, Va

"Alicia Cervantes fears Utah's new illegal immigration enforcement law will subject her to police questioning because she is Latina."

Why is that a problem? I am subjected to police questioning just because I want to get on a plane. We need a new law that will require police to question every single person in America! That should put an end to the whining since there is no favoritism.

Another Perspective
Bountiful, UT

The problem with putting people into internment camps during WW2 was the law didn't fall equally on all people. If it had many patriotic white families would have been interned just as many patriotic Japanese were.

Has this unjust law impacted the larger society people wouldn't have stood for it. It would have been overturned.

This is why the Utah law shouldn't stand. It is likely people will be treated
differently because of race and since the burden and indignity will fall on only a few, there will never be an accurate risk vs reward evaluation of the law by those with the power to change the law.

Cedar Hills, UT

I'd rather spend the money to file a law suit against the ACLU for just being a cancer to the country.

Draper, UT

Sooo, don't do stuff that will get you arrested or booked into jail and you won't have to prove your immigration status. Read the story, that is the ONLY time they will do as much. Sounds fair to me. I have to verify my license and registration every time I'm pulled over - no discrimination here, ACLU.

Murray, UT

Another Perspective, we were not at war with others except Germany. Things are done in times of war that we later regret. That's why it's important that we start enforcing our laws before this invasion gets so out of hand that it causes violence. Illegal immigration has caused it in other countries the past few years.

This law is identical to the Federal law Secure Communities passed in 2007. It requires that all people that are arrested have their immigration status checked, and those here illegally turned over to ICE.

A police officer has every right to verify your identity, no matter where you are, and to hold you until your identity can be verified.

Layton, UT

I did not know the constitution reserved the right to verify citizenship to its self? Where is it in the constitution?

American First
Merced, CA

I don't feel sorry for the participants in this Foreign Insurgency called Reconquista.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

Owlmaster2 said

"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."

Owlmaster's statement is as true as saying Adolph Hitler was the greatest peacemaker the world has ever seen.

Salt Lake City, UT

Thank goodness for the ACLU!!! :)

Salt Lake City, UT

"Illegal" There's the key word.

Murray, UT

Everytime people question the laws constitutionality, I see the hypocrisy over the three guest worker bills that obviously intrude on the Federal governments powers.

Notice the Federal government did not challenge it. The parts of Arizona's that were block were removed.

Repeal HB 116. This rewarding lawbreakers and being stopped from enforcing out laws has left a bad taste in my mouth. Time was when a man was measured by his honesty.

Alpine, UT

The main reason the feds don't uphold the illegal immigration law is simple, Obama needs the votes. With or without illegals, inmates, and every other stunt pulled off by ACORN, Obama WON'T be reelected in 2012. The land of those yearning to breath free has awakened!

Springville, UT

Gosh, had we all joined the ACLU like U of U former President Young had suggested would this be a problem???

Yet another issue that the ACLU adopts that's squarely opposed to the views of the majority and general common sense.

Murray, Ut

The ACLU, National Immigration Law Center, Utah Coalition of La Raza and the Latin American Chamber of Commerce need to let America enforce it's immigration laws and stop encouraging illegal immigration.

Their honoring our laws is part of the solution.

On their website the National Immigration Law Center says this is a show me your papers during traffic stops law. That's misleading. It requires the person to be put under arrest for a felony or some misdemeanors.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

If Utah followed the Consitution, then they have nothing to worry about, right?

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

You only have to worry about having porper documentation if you are a citizen who regularly breaks the law. If you do not break the law, you do not have to worry.

The claim that statements by children in school are justification for suing to stop a law is the stupidest one I have ever read.

My thoughts
Spanish Fork, Utah

How about 50 governors waking up and filing a law suit against the Federal Government for not doing its job. In fact how about them telling the Feds that since they will with hold funds if a state dont comply to certain regulations for some programs, that all 50 states will with hold all Federal tax dollars until the Feds do what they should do on immigration. Sounds fair to me.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

"Yet another issue that the ACLU adopts that's squarely opposed to the views of the majority and general common sense."

The majority isn't always right.

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