The numbers in the article are misleading because, once again, the research
doesn't differentiate between legal and illegal. As far as Georgia is
concerned, their issues are a direct result of allowing illegal activity to go
on for so long. Its going to hurt at first but by swallowing this painful pill
now they limit the long term damage as their economy adjusts and becomes healthy
again. The longer Utah waits to truly address this issue (as Georgia has
done)the more painful the pill will be to swallow. No bill passed in the last
legislative session makes any real effort at curbing our illegal immigration
issues in the state. They only serve to reward lawbreakers, provide pseudo
enforcement, and maintain the status quo for the employers and supporters of
illegals. Wages and costs of doing business have been artificially
suppressed by those who have chosen to participate in, or turn a blind eye to,
illegal activities. Those same criminal employers and "hand sitting"
politicians would like us to forget the damage they have done and instead give
them a pat on the back for the flawed legislation they are shoving down our
Statistics are irrelevant, we are talking illegal immigration, the numbers
should reflect their numbers only. Georgia lost 300 million because
the farmers refused to use the guest worker program in effect there H-2A.
Americans will work when the wage matches the job. If agriculture wants cheap
labor, they need to change the H-2A visa like it was before Obamas
administration made it cost double. Once again an article that only
addresses agriculture, a business that emplys less than 10% of the illegal
workforce. "Her job, she said, is to tell the story of the
numbers, which can tell a different story than the rhetoric." (then just do
illegal immigrants. There are other ethnic groups that are not Hispanic that are
here illegally)Otherwise the study is pure rhetoric.
Not all Hispanics are here illegally, and not all people here illegally are
Hispanic. I don't see how the graphs fit into this "immigration"
summit. But then again, it's not really about immigration, but about illegal
aliens, isn't it? Between the Republicans protecting business's
cheap labor, and the Democrats vision of millions of new voters, enough to sway
elections, the core dishonesty of this country is showing. My
relatives in Athens (Georgia) could of helped out the farmers if they wanted
(retired), same with their grandchildren. But people there are so upset over
illegal immigration and the mess it has caused, they would not set foot on the
farms. They don't know where all these rotting crops are. All the farms around
them were picked.
Was this meeting closed door? How can they have honest discussion with the
public input being shut out?
I live in Georgia 3/4 of the time ,I haven't noticed a major change in food
prices esp. since the crack down on illegals.Farmers have complained ,
because their use to the cheap labor,there are programs that allow guest workers
to come and work on farmers. Farmers say the forms for guest workers are to
complicated to fill out and it takes too long for the government to give the ok
for the workers.I don't mind paying extra for food if it means employing US
citizens.I agree with Gov. Deal of Georgia for cracking down on illegals that
cost GA 1.2 billion a year, to tax payers of Georgia.The writer of this
article another liberal, left winger who doesn't see the true negative effects
of illegals on our society which is too long to mention.Obama and his back
door amnesty programs have only made things worse allowing 300,000 illegals work
permits which can lead to citizenship if they haven't committed any crimes in
the last ten years, the point is their here in this country illegally already ,
therefore, they have broken the laws.
"State Sen. Luz Robles, D- Salt Lake, talks with Mexican Consul Socorro
Rovirosa during the immigration conference"The same Socorro
Rovirosa who led the Hispanic's at the state fair into into multiple "Viva
Mexico" shouts? He had no reason to be there.
"A lower labor supply would result in higher labor costs. However, product
costs would also rise."In agriculture we have unlimited visas.
Most business that hire people illegally pocket the money. Product costs may or
may not rise, but would be offset by the reduce taxpayers load on the citizen.
Besides, wages would go up and we could better afford it. You can't
justify illegal immigration as an economic issue. Otherwise you are inviting
every man woman and child worse off than you, to take your possessions. Using illegal labor that steal our jobs and ids, shows are generation
that we are a morally corrupt society.
Just ONCE I'd be interested in hearing about the millions we lose/it costs due
to the many crimes committed by illegal aliens - along with the abuse of
emergency room services and education costs etc. On 10/21 we can read that Mex.
president Calderon now blames the U.S. for the increase in crime since more
criminals are being deported. Really? I recently got my tax notice with a
significant increase in what I will have to pay. Over 80% of the money goes to
the Granite School District in one form or another. How much of that is funding
programs that are necessitated by kids whose parents came here illegaly or kids
that are undocumented? THAT is news I'd like to get from the Deseret News
instead of the barrage of articles trying to make me stop seeing the
overwhelmingly negative impact illegals have on my community and me.
I wonder how wide the brush was that they used to whitewash this. I do not
believe this story and again they blur the line between illegal and legal.
Any time the number of criminals in our communities decreases, this is a good
The Pew Hispanic Center's chief demographer is Jeffrey Passel, formerly of the
census bureau. He calculates the number of illegal aliens by using the
remainder method and a 10% undercount factor.The assumption is that 90% of
all foreign-born will respond to the census (including the illegal aliens). We
know who is naturalized. We know who has a green card. The remainder must be
the number of illegal aliens.Bad assumption. When Passel was telling us
12 million illegal aliens, other sources had it at 20 million based on school
enrollment and housing data.The Idaho professor is basing her data on
Pew.But anecdotes and shaky data are just what a conference like this one
Huge factor in the problem is the governor general Shurtleff. Is he opposed to
seeing reality?Instead of trying to oppose the people of the state
he should offer to hire people who will systematically assist in the deportation
of the thousands of illegals, Hispanic or other.That would lower
unemployment, would increase the number of jobs by taking away people who are
here and hired illegally. It would lower taxes, medical costs and educational
costs foisted on the taxpayer by lax enforcement of existing laws. It would raise tax revenues for the state as those working would be paying
taxes.In Utah, medical costs for illegals are in excess of
$1,000,000 monthly and that money can hire a lot of people to assist with the
removal of illegals.
My best friend was in a motorcycle accident and he is unable to have kids. An
illegal alien hit him and changed his life forever. Had we inforced the laws,
my friend would now be a father and grandfather. So this article seems like a
joke to me.
They really need to leave the legal Hispanics alone. They are American's first
and foremost. Lets keep it straight. Illegal Immigrants are not citizens and
should have no right to be here. Those hiring them are breaking the law. Those
renting to them are breaking the law. Benefits they get off of the tax payers
back should not even exist. Those people at that meeting are all breaking the
law. Follow the law, we get our jobs back. our taxes go down, our jails are less
full, our police officers are safe and we can control a terrible gang and drug
problem in this state. Why does nobody mention this at those meetings?
Even if only 1/3 of the immigrants have come here in the past 10 years, that's
stll a sizeable amount that shouldn't be here at all. The comment about the
Hispanic use of health care not being "disproportionate" makes no
sense, either. If its use is illegal and costs taxpayers money, then it is still
a drain on the economy.Again, not differentiating between legal and
illegal makes the article useless, although I suspect most were illegal.
I wonder if those being paid with OUR tax dollars ever feel guilty about
representing the interests of illegal trespassers from other countries over the
interests of LEGAL TAXPAYING American citizens?Probably not!
Marjorie Cortez you are supposed to be be a investigative reporter! Investigate
this and rewrite your story.Uphold the laws that we have now...First! Save
your petty for someone else.The 14th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution reads in part: "All persons born or naturalized in
the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the
United States and the State wherein they reside." Babies born
to illegal alien mothers within U.S. borders are called anchor babies because
under the 1965 immigration Act, they act as an anchor that pulls the illegal
alien mother and eventually a host of other relatives into permanent U.S.
residency. (Jackpot babies is another term). The United States did
not limit immigration in 1868 when the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified. Thus
there were, by definition, no illegal immigrants and the issue of citizenship
for children of those here in violation of the law was nonexistent. Granting of
automatic citizenship to children of illegal alien mothers is a recent and
totally inadvertent and unforeseen result of the amendment and the
Reconstructionist period in which it was ratified.
Why is it that all these stories try to make illegals as not doing nothing
wrong??? I just dont understand can i break the law if im only tring to make me
a better life????
I am confused if I have to say undocumented immigrants for those illegal aliens
, do I have to call a bank robber a non depositing bank customer?
More DN propaganda with the never ending pictures of Luz Robles, the
representative of the Mexican government in the Utah legislature.
@LegalUm, you are paying more in property taxes for 2 reasons. 1, even
thought the value of your home went down the county is allowed to increase tax
rates to make up for lost revenue due to forclosure/home value depriciation. 2,
All of SL county has to pay extra to support the Jordan and Canyon schools
because they decided they just had to split. Not so much illegal immigrants....
re:RRBIt was Bush who origninally changed the H2a program.The
original idea behind the Bush administration's changes to the H-2A
program--which went through a lengthy rulemaking process--was to cut out the red
tape in the visa process and make the wage structure more efficient.However, for farm workers, there was a major problem: it also reduced wages
for H-2A visa holders. In North Carolina for example, agricultural guest workers
would be paid $7.25 and $8.51 per hour under the Bush rules. Under the Obama
Labor Department's plan, which adhered to regulations that had been in place
since 1987, H-2A workers in North Carolina would have received $9.34 per
hour.The visa program needs revamping, but not in the way
Republicans want--reducing protections for workers. Re:Doug10I would be interested to know where you got your statistics on the cost of
medical care for illegal immigrants in Utah. Hospitals typically don't even
determine pts. immigration status nor do they keep record of immigration status.
Ridiculous! Deport illegals and prosecute those who employ them!
The statistics are incomplete. It would be interesting to know how many of
those reported as 'native born' are children of people who are in the country
illegally. Our laws or constitution need to be changed so that babies of non
citizens don't get citizenship automatically. 'anchor babies' are potentially
one of the biggest economic costs of illegal immigration.
This is more pro-illegal immigration mumbo-jumbo. To begin with, you have to be
pretty ignorant to believe that we "need" illegal labor. To believe
this, you must believe that the work currently being done by illegals would not
get done if they were not here. This is ridiculous. Are hotels going to stop
offering maid service? No. Are restaurants going to stop bussing tables and
washing dishes? No. Are farmers going to stop farming? Are builders going to
stop building? Are landscapers going to stop landscaping? No. No. No.
Undoubtedly, some segments of the economy have become dependent upon illegal
labor, but that is only because they have had access to illegal labor. Get rid
of the illegal labor and they will have no choice but to transition to legal,
American labor. This will get millions of Americans off of welfare and
unemployment and put them in the workforce where they will earn money; spend
money and start paying income taxes rather than live off the taxpayers. There is
NO downside to enforcing immigration laws.
Illegal immigration is a huge slap in the face to all those immigrants who
waited their turn and came here legally.
"The research also revealed that dairy workers' use of local health care
systems was not 'disproportionate.'"But they, i.e. the
illegals, and their offspring, ARE using those -- and many other -- resources,
right? And is this not an UNFAIR liability for the American taxpayer? "A lower labor supply would result in higher labor costs. However,
product costs would also rise."Not necessarily. The cost of
labor constitutes only a rather small part of the overall cost of production.
"'It doesn't matter what you're paying. You're not going to get
people to fill those jobs unless they're doing that kind of work,' Bridges
said."The same-old, "you can offer Americans 50 bucks an
hour but they still won't do it because they're such pansies" malarkey.
American workers are the best workers in the world -- if you pay them a fair
Not buying it and others who think that the cost of labor is a small part of
retail price and their fist full of "No," comments. One reply applies
to all of them. If you raise the price of an element in the cost of doing
business does it proportionally raise overall retail costs ot the product? Yes,
unless more economical means are employed in other areas that offset the costs,
such as mechanization or robotics.A major problem is Congress sets
quotas for the H-2 visas. Their data is typically very old because it takes
many, many months to research the needs and get legislation through Congress.
The system needs revamping. The states and industries using low cost labor can
give better input for near future needs than Congress. The problem with the farm
worker and the visa program, an immigrant must have an employer sponsor and job
waiting for them. Typical farm operations only know how many, but not who, of
that equation. Thus the current guest worker criteria doesn't work for that
labor force. The same may also apply to other seasonal operations.The article did not explain the headline, thus was confusing.
First of all, an immigrant is a person who is coming to the USA legally, having
done the necessary paper work to become an immigrant. So what is a illegal
immigrant? Shouldn't they be called illegal aliens or undocumented trespassers
or lawbreakers? If the statistics are correct I am pleased and ask is there
something we, the citizens, can do to expedite the deportation of the rest of
the illegals? I see the numbers increasing in my community not decreasing. Gov
officials, do what the oath you swore to says......uphold and enforce the laws.
We will vote you out if you don't.
I forgot to add - Viva LEGAL Immigration.
She shows an interesting lack of perspective, I haven't even read the whole
article because of this simply statment:"Only one third of the
Mountain West's Hispanic immigrants moved to the region in the past 10
years," said SalantA 33% increase when the original population ( the
fastest in the country) is growing at no more than 10% is staggering. When did
33% become not to big of a deal in providing additional infrastructure? The
rhetoric comes from people like this also Ms. Salant