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Published: Saturday, May 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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procuradorfiscal
Tooele, UT

Re: "Chief Burbank thinks this is a bad idea. He's absolutely right."

No, he's absolutely wrong.

His is nothing more than an argument that laws with which he doesn't agree should not be enforced.

That's called the rule of men, not of law. And, if our Nation is destroyed, it will be because of people like Chief Burbank and their disdain for the rule of law.

stevo123
slc, ut

No procuradorfiscal, Chief Burbank gets it right.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

So I guess it comes down to whether you care if the illegal trespassers being arrested have a criminal history or not.

Obviously, Chief Burbank would rather not have that information. That way he won't be bothered with it.

We already know Chief Burbank doesn't like ANY immigration laws. So his position is not surprising.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The agenda of businessmen who seek the cheap labor of immigration is to lessen the effect of laws that restrict immigration. Our legislators may pass laws for the benefit of the public and then later refuse to fund the application and enforcement of those same laws at the behest of the businessmen. And there may be thousands of other ways to hinder and prevent any action of government against the business agenda.

As a private commercial enterprise the Deseret News we expect and accept their favoritism of business interests. My sincere hope is that public employees will treat all the people with equal justice, and hold the laws of our nation in equal concern with local laws.

If the only purpose of the NCIC is to provide law enforcement officers with a tool to determine whether someone they've arrested poses a danger either to the officer or to themselves, I think the taxpayers are getting ripped off.

The data base should contain as much information as possible about the crimes of the subject and the officer should be expected to live by his oath to support the U.S. Constitution.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

This editorial position is no surprise.
Burbank's comments are predictable.
Both fail to address the seriousness of the illegal alien crisis.
To the supposed point of this editorial, there are all sorts of non-violent criminal activities. Do you propose to exclude them as well?
Take growing marijuana in your home. The Stewart raid could easily be discounted as unnecessary and the violence one-sided in its provocation. (I happen to believe the police acted correctly that night.)
Or white-collar crime...or ID theft...or solicitation.
Does the Deseret News board seek to take all of these non-violent crimes out of the NCIC database?
Burbank's TMI allegation is disingenuous and is guided by his now famous position against immigration enforcement efforts. Not coincidentally, Burbank's boss is also pro-amnesty.
Let's have some integrity here and stop pretending this isn't about immigration reform.

RichardB
Murray, UT

The open border people try to kill and law enforcement of immigration laws. Burbanks transparency to the chamber of commerce is very clear.

RRB
SLC, UT

Leaving law enforcement unaware of a criminal warrant on people they stop, could cost them their lives.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

The government doesn't listen to the people and the police, apparently, do not always enforce the laws.

What happens when the person pulled over for a driving offence does not have a driver's license but just a "driving privilege card". That's all right, but why do I need a drivers' license when others do not? Something is rotten and this time it's not in the state of Denmark.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Burbank already refuses to enforce ALL of our laws, and as a direct result we have had numerous homicides committed by people who should not have been here, and should have been arrested and deported BEFORE they committed murders.

Burbank is part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Please, Chief Burbank, tell us all the laws U.S. citizens are free to ignore in your jurisdiction! Come on, if immigration violations are going to be ignored, what other laws do you refuse to enforce?

SLars
Provo, UT

You can ignore it, but it won't go away.

Arresting Americans for ID theft, social security fraud, and i-9 fraud (perjury)but ignoring the same offenses when people here illegally commit them is wrong.

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