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Published: Thursday, Nov. 10 2011 11:00 a.m. MST

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Springville, UT

Another pathetic piece by the chief propogandist for illegal immigration in this state. You'll never change the opinion of the majority of Americans who want our laws upheld and accountability for those who break them, and who also recognize that compassion for cheap labor equates to no compassion for the unemployed.

Shame on any business that hires an illegal rather than a hungry American. And shame on any church that claims we lack compassion because we want the rule of law, American sovereignty, protection of our borders, safe communities, etc.

Clinton King (Ephraim)
Ephraim, UT

I am in favor of amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Salt Lake City, UT

RINO Shurtleff = OBAMA!!

Danish American
Payson, UT

Sorry Rock--I don't know of any big business that wants illegal immigration. They may want to pay labor that in proportion to the work they are doing but that is a whole different discussion.

The moral thing to do is to enforce the laws we have now. I know I won't support or vote for anyone who voted for SB116.

Liberal Ted
Salt Lake City, UT

We should just make a law stating that illegals are entitled to any liberals wealth or anyone who wants illegals here. They are allowed to take over liberals homes, social security, jobs and will not be prosecuted. If they steal from anyone else they will be prosecuted.

Simple, now the liberals are happy; and with a free ride at any liberal home they won't need to steal from people that work.


Provo, UT

The ignorance and bigotry that have been displayed in many of these comments is positively appalling. Hopefully the racism and hatred that have hijacked so much of the Republican party will, as the article suggests, soon be seen as a passing fad. Then the party will again be able to focus on its core principles.

Economic downturns are a part of life; they've happened around every five or six years throughout our nation's history. Every time one hits, lots of people irrationally think that isolationism is the solution- boycotting foreign goods, ending free trade, closing borders, turning back immigrants, etc. For a lot of US history these kinds of actions have been associated with the extreme left (leftist unions and the Socialist Party); it's odd to see these ideas hijacking the right side of the political spectrum.

Thankfully reason has generally prevailed. Most of us who are here, including those railing against immigrants, are here because cooler heads prevailed and overturned the 1790&1795 Naturalization Acts, the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Emergency Quota Act, the National Origins Act, the Asian Exclusion Act, etc. Our unreasonable restrictions on Latin American immigration should soon follow.

Ogden, UT

Another story today Romneys Clunker. That describes the Utah Compact. Now that is a clunker. Shurtleff is full of it. I do not believe that any conservative will back any thing in it.

Orleans, IN

Stop the assault on our nation for Democrats to grab votes, as they intentionally remain deaf, dumb and blind to illegal aliens voting or even aiding them. ACORN is a good example, of fraudulent registrations, absentee ballot applications and the Motor Voter forms. Each of us should wonder how many illegal aliens breached the Arizonas voting code, to recall state senator Russell Pierce. With a very large percentage of foreign nationals settled in that border state, it would be easy to compromise the lax voting restrictions? Anybody with a computer and color printer could fool the officials, with two pieces of paper as a forged utility or phone bill, with a name and address on it. Furthermore stop Republicans selling our country to the special interest lobbyists on K Street for campaign contributions and lucrative perks. NumbersUSA has the facts.

Murray, UT

The CON PACT is a farce on a grand scale. The majority of Utahns don't want any part of it. This article is yet another big lie in that it attempts to make it appear like the illegal alien outrage that is getting stronger every day is actually "softening". WRONG. Ask Rick Perry is he thinks being soft on illegals gets you very far nowadays. As for Mr.Shurtleff,, I was a delegate at the county convention this year and when he showed up he was about as popular as Nancy Pelosi and her big gavel at the Obamacare signing, he was booed and everyone was happy when he left. As a graduated of the U I hope they don't pick him to run the school as his record as attorney general speaks for itself.

Bluffdale, UT

Anti-immigration attitudes does not help illegal immigration solutions. It throws the baby out with the bath water. Good legal immigration policy and fairness to legal visitors and legal citizens is essential to solving illegal activity. The Utah Compact is the right way to do this.

Clearfield, UT

Good news. The tide is turning against the knee jerk reaction by conservatives to immigration. many comments on here just reaffirm what I already belive to be true. Predjudice and hate for people because they are poor have no place in a civil society. Lets start voting the right wing conservatives out in Utah.

Bluffdale, UT

Prodicus - You are right on. It makes me sick when people comment on immigration as if it is illegal. Only illegal immigrants are illegal, stop the bias to legal (and helpful) immigration and US citizens that look like immigrants.


The Rock "They work with the understanding that any children born here are not citizens."

Then what are they? You can't deport someone to another country unless they are citizens of that country. How would you like Mexico to deport all of their illegal immigrants to the U.S.? If the country of the parents does not recognize the children born outside of their country, then what are they? Chinese Americans are not Chinese citizens. African Americans are not African citizens. They are only American.

Murray, UT

70% of Arizona still support the law.

We have the right to enforce our immigration laws, just like every other country in the world. What right to people have to come here illegally, not obey our laws, and not stand in line to come legally? Where is their right and compassion to their fellow man?

Do the poor have the right to steal from others?

My relative in Mesa told me that the corruption in that area was out of control. That the vote was more for a general change for most people, than immigration related.

The direction is South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama. Convenient how Shurtleff missed that.

Murray, UT

Will amnesty solve the illegal immigration problem. Will it stop us from having to go through this again in the future?

Has rewarding illegal behavior ever solved the problem?

Provo, UT

This is just pure propoganda. Shurtleff is losing my respect bit by bit with this nonsense.

We have solid immigration law on the books. The problem is not the law, it is the lack of leadership and will to enforce that law.

This is another situation where religious infuences are sticking their noses into civil law in such a way as to deprive LEGAL US citizens of their rights.

Enforce the laws! Quit playing political games!

Kearns, UT

1 stupid town in Arizona and not knowing the facts of why he was voted out except for this propaganda and a handful of big heads in Utah's capital=chaos in Utah.

Salt Lake City, UT

Change the laws to support guest workers, bring them here legally and heavily fine any employer who hires undocumented workers. While we're at it, we can increase the numbers of immigrants that would like to immigrate to this country legally. We are all immigrants. Until we get a sound workable solution, we will have all of these racial, hate-driven comments that are remarkably similar to the Ku Klux Klan. It is really unfortunate that the right-wing conservatives in this state are so filled with hate against anyone who is not a white male. Pathetic...

Murray, UT

Isn't it interesting that the Attorney General of the state, who is supposed to enforce the law, and that includes immigration laws, is running around patting himself on the back for looking the other way and NOT DOING HIS JOB? Does anyone else want to see this guy go away and never run for any office in this state again? What a farce this whole thing is.

The Judge
Kaysville, UT

This article belongs on the editorial page, not in the news section. Everyone knows the D-News position on illegals, but readers deserve better than this. Put pieces like this in the opinion section where they belongs.

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