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Published: Sunday, Feb. 17 2013 1:04 p.m. MST

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Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

This effort at "comprehensive immigration reform" (read legalization) is in disarray just like the last one. When will they ever learn that Americans do not want to reward illegal activity?
Rubio is the one Obama must please here if he wants House approval.
But the House isn't too keen on Rubio's plan either because it legalizes those who came here illegally.
The sticking points this time around are the enforcement benchmark (no surprise there) and a new one; at what point will the legalized qualify for citizenship?
The latter is a red herring since illegal aliens are mostly from Mexico and they really don't care about naturalization. Mexicans are at the bottom when it comes to gaining U S Citizenship. They don't need it and they don't want it. They want to work, and if they can get papers without too much bother that's all they care about.
THE POLITICIANS care about citizenship; they want the voters.
Soooo...we're back to the last run at amnesty. And with any luck it'll fall apart and the next president will favor enforcement of the law over pandering.

m.g. scott
LAYTON, UT

There is and always has been a "Pathway to Citizenship". It is called "Get in Line and Wait your Turn". It would be unjust to allow the ones who illegally came here to get some preferential treatment just because they have been here a long time. I often hear the phrase "we are a country of laws, not men". That frequently comes out of the mouths of Democrat/liberal people. However, should this country give into some kind of blanket amnesty, we will have completely violated our own laws and principles. It just shouldn't happen. Congress and the President should change the law, and until then, enforce the law as it exists. Otherwise how many other laws can a citizen/non-citizen decide to not obey and expect no repercussions?

Bryan
Syracuse, UT

It is immoral to reward law breaking. As the past amnesties have shown us, doing so only encourages illegal behavior. Our borders must be secured. The illegal aliens located by police must be turned over to ICE. Businesses hiring illegals must be punished. If we do these things, we can begin to take a look at our immigration system and allow entry to those that we choose, not those that invade our nation, commit crimes, steal our jobs, and refuse to assimilate.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

I think the "fines" for the current law-breakers in all the plans will just keep the current illegals in the shadows. Why should they pay a fine and bother with all the hassle when there are NO repercussions for their current wrongdoings? BO's administration will do nothing to them, why bother?

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