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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 9 2011 6:33 p.m. MST

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

THe "Utah Compact" remains a very bad deal for honest law-abiding citizens, and a very good deal for those who want to ignore our laws.

It is nothing but an amnesty scheme and a reward to big business hoping to get cheap labor, but without the need for anyone to obey our immigration laws.

Borders, language, culture- as those are rendered meaningless, our country will collapse.

The "Utah Compact" needs to be rejected and defeated in detail and completely.

MapleDon
Springville, UT

There are several entities and sectors of our society which have benefited and wish to continue to benefit from illegal immigration. The problem is that these entities and their leaders do so with little or no regard for the long-term bad effects of illegal immigration.

This is an issue of national security, rule of law, tax and social burden, jobs and the economy, and preservation and safety of our communities.

And though the Deseret News tells you folks that the "Utah Compact" is having an impact, on a macro level that's simply not true. A few people here and there might take an interest in it. But the majority of Americans don't want anything other than for the borders to be secured and for those who came here illegally to be accountable for their actions.

Shame on any business that hires an illegal before they would a hungry, unemployed American. And shame on any church that tells me I lack compassion because I want certain people to respect our laws, pay their fair share of taxes, pay for the goods and services they receive, and not steal others' identity.

JBrady
Murray, Ut

Signers of the compact broke it with the three guest worker bills that by pass Federal law if they don't get waivers.

No other state has followed Utah, but several have followed Arizona.

Utah's three bills were amnesty to stay and work here, Arizona's was enforcement. Shurtleff can't tell the difference? Arizona lite?

Supplying business with cheap labor is more important to some in this state, than taking care of the 110,000 out of work, or following the laws of the land.

This is on Veterans day?

RichardB
Murray, UT

8,000 people nationwide signed it, or the other two state compact attempts to slip amnesty past us.

Veterans died giving their lives to protect this country from foreign invaders. This is their day, not yours.

AmPatriot
Taylorsville, UT

The Utah compact has and is proving to be a big mistake that will have to be repealed and filed as another failure of Utah government to understand the meaning of economic recovery. The Utah compact is killing the economy of Utah as it offers big business and big job companies the ability to hire slaves and promote indentured servitude in Utah.

Because business can hire foreign nationals to replace American workers and pay them low wage or no wages is 'the' disaster to economic recovery.

Utah politicians keep bragging about new jobs from new industry but fail to mention the gross negative impact on the economy. The jobs are so bad that workers in these jobs are herded to the welfare office to get food stamps.

These 'recovery' jobs are so negative we have to raise taxes by subversive tactics and misleading political theft just to keep government in operation. Sure, business profits go up, but that is dead end growth. Higher profit has no market for expansion or growth. Money in the bank and they don't need loans so they diversify and sell their employees debt cards to get back the low wages they were paid.

Uncle Gadianton
Salt Lake City, Utah

I keep hearing strong opposition to "amnesty" for undocumented immigrants. However, I have not heard any proposed "punishment" for such persons that would be acceptable.

Perhaps the debate would benefit if the opponents to the Utah Compact, or any other reform, would explain what doesn't constitute "amnesty."

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

@"Uncle Gadianton"

Enforcing immigration laws and deportation of those who violate them!

There. That was the easiest question I've had all day!

Uncle Gadianton
Salt Lake City, Utah

RE: Fitness Freak

Thank you for your response. So, what do you do if the families of the people you deport are citizens?

RichardB
Murray, UT

Uncle Gadianton, if they are children they go home with the parents, unless they make arrangements to stay with relatives that are citizens. At 18 they can return if they wish.

If they are over 18, they can choose to stay, or return home with their parents.

It's quite simple. Most of the time when families immigrate they have to choose leaving family members behind. You can't bring aunts, uncles, cousins etc. all at once, although some try.

I'm in favor of a 90 day amnesty when people returning home can go home without a 10 year penalty.

Do you think amnesty will solve our illegal immigration problem? Will it stop people from coming here illegally?

Kathleen3
WARMINSTER, PA

Utah, followed by the Russell Pearce/Jerry Lewis debacle has convinced me, and the thousands of others in illegal immigration reform groups, to never, ever vote any Mormon into any political office.

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