I would make a difference between legal and illegal immigrants, but I agree that
"outsiders" of either category are likely to meet a cold reception in
many areas of Utah, if not all. It's called "pride" which is the
greatest stumbling block in Zion.
Irony of the day: why we LDS who should be the most welcoming people on the
planet are so NOT.
I agree Utah is a great place, not perfect, but a great place to live. Your
letter seems to raise the question, why did you leave California? Just curious.
It is a nice place to live too, or used to be. Born here, raised there.
@Gildas:"It's called 'pride' which is the greatest
stumbling block in Zion."Not so. It's called wariness,
distrust, unsureness of strangers in the midst. And how did that come about?
Mormon ancestors were kicked out of at lease two cities that they established
decades ago with their blood, sweat and tear. And their leaders were killed in
cold blood by a mob. Then, when they moved themselves to Utah after much
difficult toiling and tribulation, the government sent an army after them to
harass some more. This skepticism has found it's way into the DNA passing
from generation to generation until now and will take a long time to
dissipate.That same distrust of strangers is a fundamental cause for
the Mountain Meadow Massacre.
When did California become a country? It's amazing what depths
business will go to for cheap labor in this country.
@RichardB:"When did California become a country?"Hasn't happened yet. But, in a decade or two Southern California will
become the country of 'Little Mexico.' Inhabitants will be required
to speak Spanish.
@Mr Bean I have heard people referred to as "Euro Trash", on
a Utah talk radio station, merely because they come from Europe, the idea being
very popular among many listeners too. These are not Mexicans or illegally
here. I have heard people of British background attacked from the pulpit more
than once. I am not talking about wariness of illegal aliens I am
talking about hostility to people of other nationalities and the idea, if it can
be called that, that if you are born US you are superior, all else being second
or third rate. I am talking about small town mentality which views
'outsiders' askance and looks on them with enmity.OTOH I
am against illegal immigration and against amnesty, yet the Romney contempt for
other nations is not restricted to him; it is widespread in Utah, as well as
other states. I would neither exaggerate or minimize the problem
but look it straight in the face. I do not think that all are guilty of it but