Published: Saturday, Nov. 17 2012 12:00 a.m. MST
This editorial is a pack of distortions, half-truths, and lies. It
falsely implies that non-Latino Americans are deficient in such human sentiments
as compassion and a commitment to justice.The truth is that those
who oppose enforcement of immigration law, and favor preferential treatment for
persons who have demonstrated disrespect for this country and its laws, are the
ones deficient in these qualities. Once again we see no sympathy whatsoever
from Mr. Florez for the numerous victims of illegal immigration --
America's jobless, foreclosed upon, and identity-bereft. And rewarding
illegality obviously is unjust on its face. It is an insult to legal immigrants
to imply that illegal immigrants are deserving of our respect. John 10:1. The implication obviously being advanced by the author -- that the rule
of law is "outdated" -- is a lie and an anti-American lie at that. A
desire to be "free from tyranny" requires respect for the rule of law --
something illegal immigrants, and Mr. Florez, apparently do not have. The "Latino issue" is simple: Foreign cultures are supposed to
assimilate to THIS culture and adopt ITS values, meaning the values upon which
THIS country was built -- not the other way around.
You made a case for the positive benefits of immigration Mr Florez. But we
don't have to use theories- we have case studies now we can examine. E.g.
in California the percentage of "non-hispanic" whites in 1970 was 78%
while the Hispanic population was 10%. In 2010 the percentages had changed to
40% of each group. Can you make the case that California has benefited from
these changing demographics? In what way? Is the State more fiscally sound? Is
it a better place to do business? Is the middle class growing or shrinking? Is
there a smaller or larger dependency class? Mass immigration worked in the
late 1800's and early 1900's because people weren't immigrating
into a welfare state. Now people come here with no desire to become Americans
but simply to retain their own culture and to "live off the fat of the
land". It will utterly fail.
Latino's have never voted for a Republican President. They repaid Reagan by
never voting for his party. Our "outdated" laws were written in 1996.
How does a three percent rise in Latino votes justify ignoring our
immigration laws? We need a leader brave enough to enforce our laws, something
that has not happened for decades. Gallop shows America still wants
No one beleives in charity with someone elses property or illegal immigration.
Most people don't. Politicans buy votes promising what is not theres to
In any immigration debate we need to keep in mind the prime beneficiary of
illegal immigration, Corporate America. They have always supported high levels
of immigration, both legal and illegal, because it depresses their labor costs.
There was a reason that George W Bush and John McCain backed an "amnesty
bill", it was what the corporate wing of the Republican party wanted.
The Republicans should become the party of a hand-up rather than a hand-out.
I.e. fight poverty without automatically resorting to spending more money. As
it is the Democrats are the party of a hand-out and the Republicans are the
party of "Not a hand-out".
Once again, Florez has spouted left-wing dogma that has absolutely no basis in
fact. The DNews should be ashamed of itself for printing such biased
nonsense.Since when has becoming a nation of lawbreakers been in the
interest of any country? And yet, that is was Florez proposes. He advocates
wholesale disregard for the immigration laws, both on the part of illegal
immigrants and on the part of the government. He conveniently ignores the fact
that disregard for the law in one area inevitably leads to disregard for the law
in all other areas. That is why every study ever conducted has show that illegal
aliens commit crimes at a far higher rate that the citizen population.Florez also ignores the fact that we are not living in the 1700s or eary 1800s
when land and resources were almost unlimited. They are severely limited now,
just like tax dollars and government resources are. Every illegal alien who
enters this Country takes up those resources, leaving less for the citizens who
lawfully belong here. That is irrefutable fact.
Don't tell me Latinos aren't hardworkers trying to get ahead and
provide a better life for their families. Every meal you eat likely comes from
the effort of a laborer bent over, working many hours in 100 degree temperatures
harvesting your food. They also pick up your dirty towels and garbage you leave
behind when you go on vacation. Most likely the beams and drywall in your house
were put there by immigrants. They're not
"assimilating" you say? How many first generation Italians, Chinese
etc. spoke english after immigrating to the U.S.? There were many parts of our
cities across the U.S. at the turn of the century where little english was
spoken. Subsequent generations do become fluent and assimilate, bringing
flavors of their heritage. Every time Deseret News prints an
article on immigrants an ugly underbelly is revealed by the commentors.. I
would like to see a well-researched and thorough article on the mechanics,
restrictions, process etc. of what it takes to become a legal immigrant in the
U.S. i would like to see facts and figures on how many apply and what
percentage are successful.
Many citizens probably don't realize that the small business groups
actually fund BOTH SIDES of this issue and shovel money to opposing candidates
in order to keep the various factions fighting over this issue.They
WANT both sides (amnesty vs. enforcement) to actually do nothing. Amnesty would mean, in many cases, that the unethical employers would be
FORCED to pay at least minimum wage. MANY of them don't currently. Many
unethical employers also cheat the illegal immigrants that they do hire out of
their wages in some way, (i.e. they "broke" something during the day,
etc.)The current situation benefits ONLY one group; unethical
employers.Even if "new" laws are passed regarding
immigration - I don't have much confidence that they would be enforced.
Truthseeker, Latino's are not the only people trying to improve their life
for their family. It's not the culture but the person. They are not the
only food harvesters, maids or construction workers. Not all Latino's work
in these fields. This seems more like A poor justification to break laws by
claiming that one group is better than another. Immigration laws are
not set up to please those immigrating here, they are to benefit the country and
it's people. People wanting laws enforced are not the ugly
underbelly. If they said the pro-illegal groups were the ugly underbelly, their
comment would not be approved.It's time to stop trying to
divert the discussion, and talk about the law breaking, and how to best stop it.
@anti-liar:"The 'Latino issue' is simple: Foreign cultures
are supposed to assimilate to THIS culture and adopt ITS values, meaning the
values upon which THIS country was built -- not the other way around."Yes but... If they are allowed to move in in droves as they are now
doing, stay here, and are given amnesty they begin to control not only our
elections but soceity as well. For example, as I flip through my TV channels I
have to flip through more and more Hispanic speaking channels. Get ready folks,
Latinos are here to stay and are gradually taking over.
There are rules to protect the people COMING to America. Immigrants have to
qualify. Most have to be sponsored. Those sponsors are responsible to help the
newcomers learn how things work and to learn THEIR responsibility as visitors
and as eventual citizens.When rules are broken, those who come here
illegally hurt themselves. They can't get a legal job, so they get illegal
jobs. Who offers illegal jobs? Criminals offer illegal jobs. Those here
illegally can't get help from the government. They can't complain to
the police. Many are ill-prepared for anything but the most menial job
available. They can't afford the education to better themselves because
they can't work at a legal job. The cycle continues.Fixing the
problem is simple. Abide by the rules. Wait until invited before entering this
country. Be prepared with schooling and training to offer employers something
of value so that you can receive a valuable salary.Hard HONEST work
can work miracles, but hiding from authorities because you're here
illegally will never work.America welcomes those who enter legally.
Others, who break our laws, can expect no sympathy.
Finally I read solid piece on changing demographics in America by a Republican
and what follows is the same old tripe from many of the posts. Let me
guess...Florez is a RINO! Right? They ignore the reality that none of these
folks would be here if there weren't plenty of people willing to employ
them. Talk reality here! Spouting platitudes accomplishes nothing.
They are here! So now what are your solutions? Self deportation is a no sale.
We don't have enough cops or money to send them all back so now what?? Hey
wait! Maybe we can put up a fence on the southern border of Utah. Yah, that
would keep them out.
@Mike Richards:"When rules are broken, those who come here illegally
hurt themselves."Do tell... With Obama in the White House
illegal immigrants rule... Obama illegally gave two years amnesty to illegals
under 30 years old, with a tacit promise to extend it to permanent amnesty
and/or citizenship. All for the Hispanic vote in the last election. Democrats
seem to know how to harvest votes. And there's such an abundance of
Hispanics in this country already that, in order to win an election, a
politician must cow-tow to the Hispanic population. Romney didn't... he
lost. "Fixing the problem is simple. Abide by the rules."Tell that to Obama who broke the rules (laws). How can we expect to
have law abiding people when our own president breaks them...? Which is a
felony, by the way."Wait until invited before entering this
country."Therein lies part of the problem... fully 40 percent of
illegals come here on visas but don't leave when their visas expire.
If a bank robber complained about the lack of opportunities in America, what
would we say? Would we wring our hands? Would we complain about the lack of
opportunity for bank robers, or would we call the authorities and have them DO
THIER JOB?Entering this country illegally is a crime. A criminal
has no inherent rights.It doesn't matter the nationality of the
illegal alien. It doesn't matter that the illegal alien has a friend who
writes articles for a newspaper. Illegal is illegal. Address that first and
then worry about any minor problems later.The first law of heaven is
obedience - not mercy. Christ offers mercy after people agree to be obedient.
Mr. Bean,Are you going to let Obama be your conscience? I am not.
He can live his life according to his own desires. I will not sell my integrity
to the highest bidder. I will not exchange honesty for votes. God will not
judge me for Obama's actions, but He will judge me for what I did with the
knowledge and the opportunities that I had.I know that entering
another country without the permission of that country is illegal. I know that
overextending my visa in another country is illegal. I know that working in
another country without permission from the government of that country is
illegal. I don't need Obama to spell out the rules for my conduct.
I'm sufficiently educated to find those things out for myself.Everyone is. Everyone is responsible for his own actions - not for
Obama's lack of action. Each of us will have enough to answer for without
compounding that by blaming Obama or anyone else for our personal rebellion
@Mike Richards:"Are you going to let Obama be your
conscience?"I wouldn't-a let him be my president if I had
my way... but he is."He can live his life according to his own
desires."That, and he can managing this countries immigration
policies as he desires, regardless of what the laws say about it. And we can
see that he is doing just that."I will not exchange honesty for
votes."Obama did not exchange honesty for votes. He truly
believes in amnesty/citizenship for law-breaking immigrants. After all, he is
an immigrant himself."I know that entering another country
without the permission of that country is illegal."You probably
know that exceeding the speed limit on the freeway is illegal as well. Are you
guilty, I ask you?"I know that overextending my visa in another
country is illegal."Well then, don't do it. And encourage
your Hispanic friends (if such you have) to not do it as well."Everyone is responsible for his own actions - not for Obama's lack
of action."I guess I don't get where you're going with
your entire post. Sorry.
What is an "oath"? An oath is the most sacred statement that we can
make before God. Presumably, we would die before breaking our oath. God told
us that though the heavens and the earth would pass away, his WORD would not
pass away.Obama broke his OATH before 330,000,000 Americans to
uphold the laws of the United States.Obedience is the first law.
Before we can be forgiven for our imperfections, we make a covenant with God
through baptism that we will keep the laws given to us by his Son. Obedience
comes before mercy. Christ offers mercy to those who are obedient, even to
those who were previously disobedient. He offers that mercy AFTER they have
done everything that they can do to correct their mistake.Illegal
aliens who remain in America have not done EVERYTHING that they can do to
correct their mistake. They have not left America. The law of mercy does not
apply until the law of obedience has been fulfilled.Obama has
nothing to do with our personal obedience. "We believe that man will be
punished for his own sins . . . ". Obama cannot legislate. He cannot change
Just keep spouting the attitudes represented by these comments, Republicans.
You'll continue to lose the White House and the Senate. You'll keep
the House for a while, due to the 2010 gerrymander, but you'll just keep
losing the statewide and national offices.Adapt to changing
demographics, or go the way of the Whigs. That's the lesson from this
election. Few in your party seem to recognize it.
I knew a woman who was raised here, got an education, got married, raised a
family, was married for many decades; as far as I know she had a driver's
license and voted. When her husband died, she needed to do some paperwork and
had to provide legal documents. She discovered she'd never become a
citizen. Her parents, my great grandparents, brought my great aunt to the US
from England when was less than year old. She'd never known any other
life. She never knew she wasn't a citizen. Suddenly, in her 80s she found
out she wasn't. Was she a criminal? She was not a legal
resident of the US. Should she have been deported from the only home she had
ever known? There are lots of young people in the same position. Should they
be deported? I'm not pretending the issues are easy but should we punish
people for their parents' crimes?
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