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Published: Thursday, Nov. 17 2011 6:12 p.m. MST

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Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

We don't need "reform", we need ENFORCEMENT!

LEGAL residents of Utah would like Utahs' Congressional delegation to ask Napolitano, Holder, and the President himself WHY they WON'T enforce immigration laws. Or, get out of the way so the states can do the job they REFUSE TO DO!

ClarkKent
Bountiful, Utah

"None of Utah's five members of Congress four Republicans, one Democrat have signed the compact, which came out a year ago last week with support from civic, business, community and religious leaders."

Would anyone care to let me know the religion of each of these 5 members of Congress? Yes, I do believe that religion does matter, particularly here in Utah.

Hunt
Spanish Fork, UT

Why did the Salt Lake Chamber take out a full page add when they could've just called our Representatives?

I'm one to believe that they realize they have lost their ability to influence on the subject of immigration and are shaking the tree in a very public way to regain some ground. It's not so much that they are trying to get our Representatives attention as it is that they want everyone know that they still matter. It all of course is in vane as Utah Citizens see the Utah Compact for what it really is and legislators know the ramifications if they once again go against the will of their electorate.

Ron Mortensen hit the nail on the head as far as The Utah Compact is concerned.

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

Under normal conditions, I don't particularly care for Chaffetz (nothing personal, Jason), but in this case I agree 110%:

"In the past, comprehensive has been code for amnesty... I think the best path is to tackle it issue by issue."

And Mortensen is spot ON! The compact IS disingenuous and it IS a sham! It IS a poorly veiled attempt at amnesty, and everybody knows it!

And this Chamber? Are you sure we don't mean the "Star Chamber" here?

Diego
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT

"They're doing some great things," said chamber spokesman Marty Carpenter. But, he said, the chamber would like to see them work cohesively toward reform.

Anything Marty Carpenter says is a lie! No one should trust him or the Chamber...they have NO integrity!!

Casca
Orleans, IN

CALL TODAY! AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Call the Ways and Means Committee led by Majority Speak John Boehner (R-OH) must adopt the Mandatory E-Verify Bill (H.R. 2885.) and should be under ceaseless condemnation of challenging voters, as never before. In just over two weeks, American activists have added Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) John Sullivan (R-Okla.) Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) , Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas)and as of November 17, Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Alabama) is now co-sponsoring House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885.) New members are rapidly joining this marathon bill. But dont expect Liberals or career Democrats to attach themselves to this law. Eventually it will be the fresh faces of the TEA PARTY leadership that will bring success. ONLY 36MORE CO-SPONSORS TO APPROVE (bill H.R.2885.)

Casca
Orleans, IN

CALL TODAY! AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

Call the Ways and Means Committee led by Majority Speak John Boehner (R-OH) must adopt the Mandatory E-Verify Bill (H.R. 2885.) and should be under ceaseless condemnation of challenging voters, as never before. In just over two weeks, American activists have added Reps. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), Reps. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) and Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) John Sullivan (R-Okla.) Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) , Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) and Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas)and as of November 17, Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Alabama) is now co-sponsoring House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith's Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885.) New members are rapidly joining this marathon bill. But dont expect Liberals or career Democrats to attach themselves to this law. Eventually it will be the fresh faces of the TEA PARTY leadership that will bring success. ONLY 36MORE CO-SPONSORS TO APPROVE (bill H.R.2885.)

danaslc
Kearns, UT

Is there any doubt that the SL Chamber is made up of businessmen who profit from Illegal Immigrants working for slave wages and force us to pay for the benefits they do not pay? Is there any doubt that the SL Chamber does not give a crap about the middle class citizen in Utah? Is there any doubt that a major bank in Utah loans illegal immigrant money and gives them credit? I find it funny that most of the SL Chamber is full of Mormon's who capitalize on the middle class citizens taking care of Illegal Immigrants. If you consider that Mormon's pay 10 percent of there wages and then pay taxes that cover illegal immigrants, how much are they really paying? Maybe they should stop the 10 percent so they can fall in line with the rest of us.

billmosby
Salt Lake City, UT

We don't need any more immigration "reform" other than to faithfully enforce the laws on the books. It's about 20 years past the best time to start doing that, but at any given time from here on out, "now" is the best time we will have.

RichardB
Murray, UT

When I purchased a car two months ago, I avoided my usual dealer (a member of the Salt Lake Chamber).

I refuse to support a company that supports illegal activity.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

Senator Lee doesn't believe comprehensive immigration reform will work. Why is that. President Obama is deporting illegals in record numbers. Not enough for the extremist's who won't settle for anything less than their punish people for being poor approach. Some of the comments on here make me sick. Anyone who doesn't believe this immigation debate is about race is only foolling themselves. Common sense and decency will prevail over hate. Of that I have no doubt. Thank you LDS church leaders for taking the high ground on immmigration. I will continue to speak out on this issue and refuse to be silenced. I went on line and signed the Utah Ccmpact. I have no reason to hate hispanic people or any other ethnic group.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

By now, I think most people with the ability to reason can see what's obvious, and there's no reason to complicate it. The cheap-labor lobby and invading parasites have had their way with Utah and most other jurisdictions, and Obama and most other politicians won't bite the hand that feeds them. If you follow the money, you'll see that those who advocate for cheap labor (with the taxpayer footing the bill for all their "social" benefits) are the same exact people who are giving the huge campaign contributions to the sheep who fall in line. The racial allegation is a red herring, designed to get thinking people to fall in line as well.

JayTee
Sandy, UT

"Immigration Reform" = Amnesty and continued unmonitored invasion. Easy to understand . . . but also apparently easy to obscure and confuse. Hear the bell ringing? Time to wake up, Utah.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Sorry, "Chamber" elites, you are wrong, wrong, wrong on this issue!

Your "comprehensive" scheme is nothing but code for amnesty under whatever name might pass undetected.

We do not need amnesty, we need enforcement. There are plenty of workers able to come here legally, as well as U.S. citizens.

The Chamber of Commerce has no credibility, and politicians are free to ignore their demands with the knowledge that the voters are against amnesty, regardless of what the fat cat Chamber folks might tell them.

Bryan
Syracuse, UT

We don't need comprehensive immigration reform. We need to enforce the immigration laws we already have. The Federal government needs to stop preventing the States from also enforcing their own immigration laws which are in cooperation with Federal laws already on the books.

The members of the Salt Lake Chamber benefit from illegal immigration, leaving ordinary citizens to fend for themselves from identity theft, rising medical costs and an overburdened health care system, and criminal acts committed by illegal aliens (murder, assault, DUI, etc.)

Our delegation to Washington should do the right thing and sponsor/co-sponsor any and all legislation that not only targets and removes illegal aliens, but sanctions the businesses that employ them.

TRUTH
Salt Lake City, UT

Those who support the UTAH AMNESTY COMPACT are about as conservative as MAO/Marx/OBAMA.....throw the RINOS like Bramble/Shurtleff/Herbert out of office.......

Maggie
Saint George, UT

I am in pretty constant contact with my elected officials in DC and they know it will cost them their jobs if they even think of amnesty.Not a threat ,just a fact.If you look at this board you can see that the vast majority will not accept amnesty no matter who backs it,no thinking person would. I do not have a friend or neighbor who will vote for any of you, state or national if you open the door to amnesty.We are not like California and we do not want to be like California. Utahns want to stay solvent,moral and lawabiding and care for their own first.I ask every business I use if they e-verify and if they belong to the Chamber. I am very vocal about both,I would urge all consumers to do so.To the business owners in this state I would say,hire Americans first ,then legal immigrants and pay a fair wage.I will be your customer as I believe in buying local if possible.

jim l
West Jordan, UT

The last time the state delegates met the chamber put out all its propoganda hoping that we would support HB 116. We did not listen and it was defeated. The chamber is for the elite who want cheap labor and also want the average american to pay the price for all the ill-effects of illegal immigraton.

I will also be wise and not shop at businesses that are members of the chamber.

Mr. Bean
Salt Lake, UTah

@NeilT:

"I have no reason to hate hispanic people or any other ethnic group."

The issue is not about ethnicity. It's about obeying the laws of the land. A country without controls over immigration is no country at all. The Utah compact equals amnesty because it allows illegals who sneaked over the border without authorization to stay in America. Amnesty will encourage more illegal immigration without end.

Kitenoa
Salt Lake City, UT

Like California's Prop 8 dilemna, public officials (the federal government in this case)can pick and choose what current immigration laws they PREFER to enforce, regardless of the detriment to citizens.

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