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Published: Tuesday, April 16 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Bill Shakespeare
Salt Lake City, UT

This is terrific news!

SuperZell Shandee
Salt Lake City, UT

This will be great for our state and for our country. I feel so warm inside!

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

as a conservative I can live with this. We have to compromise.

tucson, AZ

Why is it that a path to citizenship is a necessary component of comprehensive immigration reform? Wouldn't "normalization" in the form of legal residency or similar status accomplish the same result without holding out the promise of citizenship? Awarding the prize of citizenship to those who arrived here illegally somehow seems very unfair to those who have waited years to achieve that status through legal avenues.

The Reader
Layton, UT

To everyone who cries amnesty I would say If one is honest with themselves they would admit that they too would have come to the US from south of the borders if it meant feeding their kids or seeing them starve!! From before countries were formed people have people have moved from one place to another to try and improve their life and that of their families. Gert a grip. Unless you are American Indian your family moved from some country to the US many of them may have alaso done it without papers. Tel the first one who can prove beyond a doubt that ALL their ancestors had the proper papers throw the first stone!!

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

I agree with azreader1 in that I would prefer legal residency to citizenship.

The fees and penalties they pay should go directly to border security. 11 million of them @ $2000 penalty each is $22B, that should help with border security.

Provo, UT

Looks like they took care of business first. Not only are they supplying American companies with 11 million (probably more) low wage workers. They are destroying our STEM graduation rates with foreign workers. And they are changing the Agriculture visa? How? Are they removing employer responsibility and dumping the cost onto the taxpayer?

The cost of citizenship has been set at $2,000. A couple with two children will cost the taxpayers $78,000 for schooling in those 13 years.

With the fiscal cuts, Obamacare, and employers dumping workers to get under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's thresholds for insurance coverage. Do we really want to flood our country with low income workers that will feed off from the taxpayers?

Immigration numbers should benefit the country and it's needs, not business or demanding foreign citizens.

Hyrum, UT

To "The Reader":

It's you who needs to get a grip on the reality of the situation. None of the current illegal immigrants came here to keep their kids from starving. Perhaps to feed them more easily, but not to keep from starving. In all the pictures we've been shown on tv of thousands of illegals sneaking across our border, I've yet to see an extra skinny one that appeared hungry.

I tend to agree with you, SLars. Compared to what the real cost is to our government of subsidizing each illegal here, a $2k fine seems to not be not nearly enough.

Only in American can lawbreakers be rewarded for illegal acts and not following processes they know is right. No other country that I know of will reward illegal aliens and their illegal behavior with eventual citizenship. Do others besides me feel that this national tilt to the left is becoming awkward and uncomfortable?

Hyrum, UT

P.S. to The Reader:

Enough of my direct line genealogy has been done to prove that none of them came to the USA illegally. I suspect that there are many more of the citizens in our country who can also make that same claim than you might suspect. So according to you, that does give me and most of those of us who believe in adherence to the rule of law, the right to a bit of "stone throwing".
There is a term for what happens when society starts letting people get away with following established laws. It's called anarchy.

Mcallen, TX

Obama protecting the borders.

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