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Published: Friday, Feb. 17 2012 11:31 a.m. MST

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RRB
SLC, UT

This was decided before it went to court.

RRB
SLC, UT

I might add that the arguments against the law fit the guest worker bills more than 497.

RichardB
Murray, UT

People are tired of talking.

Jazz Bass Man
Wellsville, Utah

The people are tired of identity fraud. We are tired of the illegal invasion from mexico, and paying health care, welfare and school for people's anchor babies who have no legal right to be here. I know the big business lobbyists (Chamber of commerce, AG Shurtleff's office, Chief Burbank) and the LA RAZA/Reconquista activists want to keep illegal employment alive in this state, but we all need to stand up and VOTE OUT any politician who panders more to illegals and corrupt big business than to their own constituents.

The feds refusal to crack down on illegals has given us over 20 MILLION lawbreakers in this country. Since they refuse to do their job of protecting this country, then let the states do it. If our state representatives refuse to do it, then its time the people rose up and reminded them who they really work for. Vote these bums out.

wrz
Salt Lake City, UT

"...federal government's statutory or constitutional powers to regulate immigration."

That the Constitution assigns powers to 'regulate' immigration to the federal government, is true. It says nothing about enforcement which is, therefore, relegated to the states because 'all powers not delegated to the federal government are reserved to the states and to the people' (Article 2.1.5). The federal government has passed all the laws needed to provide immigrant regulation. What's left is enforcement which is, according to the Constitution, delegated to the states.

Further, the federal government lacks the manpower to provide adequate levels of enforcement. ICE has admitted such.

"Karen Tumlin, plaintiff's attorney for the National Immigration Law Center, said the states have narrow latitude to enforce federal immigration law."

It would help if Ms. Tumlin would specify exactly what the 'narrow latitude of enforcement' is.

Alfred
Salt Lake City, UT

It is truly mind boggling as to why elected officials won't listen to the people who overwhelmingly insist that immigration laws be enforced, including stopping illegal immigration and the exportation of illegals.

ouisc
Farmington, UT

With all due respect, illegal immigration is a bigger burden than this bill. And what you're calling an "overreach" is the state of Utah reaching out to YOU.

Sorry Charlie!
SLC, UT

@alfred
what is mind boggling is that you and jazz bass man do not seem to understand that maybe your views are not as mainstream as you seem to think. Just because you have a thought does not mean it is one true or two what everyone else is thinking.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

First, my stance- I view this the same way every statement the LDS Church has made on this issue- which is fairly moderate in both wanting to preserve lawful addressing of the issue and protecting families from unnecessary, destructive, and rash actions. I support legal action to satisfy justice, but mercy in not exercising swift and indifferent legal retribution.

With that being said, I found the opening of this article rather... ironic?

"The states have a narrow role in assisting the federal government in the enforcement of federal immigration law" -assisting? In what? Our federal government has done nothing. How many different ways can you spell it? They seem to invent new ways every day of "avoiding the issue". Why? Because our congress is what? Is it too 50/50? Not enough parties? Not enough reasonable politicians? Not enough 'grass roots' thinking?

No, this "problem" and any other political issue that we never overcome are left unresolved, even left in a state of hindering ourselves... because of one reason. We are no longer united in purpose. Democracy decays in favor of the power hungry that is becoming the majority of our country's citizenry and the leaders they have chosen to govern them.

We used to stand for values, doing the right thing, helping others. But the more we abandon the family, true principles this nation was founded on, and commitment to democracy- the farther we fall from a workable system, a dysfunctional system, and soon to be a system accomplishing the opposite of what this country was designed to do- protect freedom.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

It's fascinating that judges and AG Holder can ignore the FACT that the federal government has spent billions over the years to enhance the cooperation between ICE and local authorities. The LESC, 287(g) and Secure Communities programs are three current programs.
Now, why would they go to all that trouble and expense if it is illegal to assist in enforcing immigration laws?

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

Obviously when one third of all the foreign-born living in the United States are here illegal, something is not working.

Our immigration laws are being ignored on a grand scale. Why do you suppose that is? Simply put: Broken Windows.

The Broken Windows Theory came out of New York in the 1980s. It suggests that if you allow graffiti and broken windows to remain in a neighborhood, over time the expectation of the residents is that graffiti and broken windows are acceptable behavior.

But if you repair the acts of vandalism immediately, you raise the community standard.

Our lack of immigration enforcement in the United States has set a low expectation. In short, illegal aliens are considered an acceptable part of our communities.

To make matters worse politicians, media executives, business leaders, clergy, union bosses and advocacy groups are publicly defending them. A cursory look at those who are apologists for illegal aliens will reveal that they all have a vested interest in unlawful presence.

The solution is no acquiescence like HB116, but enforcement of the laws already on the books.

SLars
Provo, UT

A voice of Reason

People break up their families when they break the law. Whether they are illegal aliens or not. As far as mercy and compassion, if that was the true reason, then we would be doing everything we can to stop this from happening again and again. We are doing nothing.

It's about open borders and cheap labor for business.

When I see people heading for a life of lies and lawbreaking counseled and stopped, then I might believe it's about compassion and mercy.

Everyone forgets the LDS church tells people to come here legally, and government has a right to enforce it's border.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

It's too bad you didn't get a photo of the red banner from the IWW. "Agitate - Educate - Organize!"
Yikes!
Do people realize who is behind this?

Alfred
Salt Lake City, UT

A voice of Reason: "They (politicians) seem to invent new ways every day of 'avoiding the issue.' Why? Because our congress is what? Is it too 50/50? Not enough parties? Not enough reasonable politicians? Not enough 'grass roots' thinking?"

None of the above. It all boils down to votes. Politicians crave votes. And Hispanics represent a huge and rapidly growing voting bloc.

Sorry Charlie!:

"what is mind boggling is that you and jazz bass man do not seem to understand that maybe your views are not as mainstream as you seem to think."

My views are mainstream. At least for the present. As more and more illegals pour in from across the border, my view will begin to be less and less mainstream. Not that my views are wrong but because 'mainstream' becomes mostly that of ethnics from south of our border.

"Just because you have a thought does not mean it is one true or two what everyone else is thinking."

Here's a thought for you that is absolutely the truth... if we continue to do nothing about immigration and particularly the illegal kind, we will eventually become a third world nation looking alot like (gasp) Mexico. Go view 'Immigration Gumballs' on YouTube.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

SLARS,

"People break up their families when they break the law."

The next time you get a speeding ticket, I might apply that argument to you in order to split up your family. Justice is inescapable. This is even an LDS doctrine. Don't forget that we also happen to decide what punishments are enforced and appropriate. Every last 'send them back argument' relies on fallacious logic- "because it's illegal, this SPECIFIC punishment must be enforced". This is a false dichotomy. The fact that alternative options for legal retribution exist negate that claim with absolute certainty.

Your claim did nothing to address my supporting the principle of mercy. I claim that we SHOULD be fair in punishment and that punishments shouldn't be vengeful but with one purpose in mind- human freedom (which I connect family to).

"heading for a life of lies and lawbreaking" - interesting way to put it. Does that define every illegal citizen? Are you guiltless of every crime yourself? Do you support ANY form of compassion and mercy? Or do 'they' have to prove something to you first? A life of lies and lawbreaking is so very interesting. I guess none of us have ever lied and us American's never break the law. You're right, it isn't about Mercy for everyone else. It's about race and we all know it. If it were millions of Canadians, there would be controversy, but nothing like the hatred existing now.

Look, I support law as much as you do. I support running a VERY strict border. But we make our laws. I'm only concerned for protecting family and freedom for everyone, not just those born on one side of a fence. Those who demand one form of legal retribution don't want democratic law, they want things their way only. My alternative preserves law and mercy. If you don't accept that, then how are you not seeking more than simple legal retribution?

I M LDS 2
Provo, UT

It was an illegal immigrant that tried to bomb the Capitol.

Enforce our laws!

Mr. Bean
Salt Lake City, UT

A voice of Reason:

"I'm only concerned for protecting family and freedom for everyone, not just those born on one side of a fence."

I guarantee you, that if we don't stem immigration, especially illegal immigration, you won't recognize your country any longer.

And how do you stem immigration, especially illegal immigration? You have to get tough.
Punishment can't be just a gentle slap on the wrist lest countless millions will see our lack of resolve and take it as an invitation. Getting tough means deporting, denying free stuff such as education and medical care, and denying jobs.

AmPatriot
Taylorsville, UT

First of all immigration is not a right, its a privilege afford foreign nationals to enter this country with the permission of the federal government. All these advocates, lawyers, Supreme Court, are way off base. Immigration is not a constitutional right or law, and each state has the authority to set and make laws to obey and enforce federal laws just as they do to get federal funds and grants.

Since illegal aliens and even visas are unconstitutional then they are the invaders and every american has the 'right and duty' to take up arms against these illegal aliens occupying this country as decreed in the rights of sovereignty of this nation.

There are also sovereignty laws governing the behavior of foreign nationals in this country, illegally demonstrating and taking up arms threatening this nations government and the people of the United States. We have every right to declare war on Mexico and their nationals breaching our borders. Occupation does not grant any rights, how ever it is cause and justification for war against Mexico, again.

tenx
Santa Clara, UT

Or, as Adlai used to say, ..."until hell freezes over".

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Mr. Bean,

"if we don't stem immigration, especially illegal immigration, you won't recognize your country any longer."

Recognize what exactly? The skin color of this country? The Language? Honestly, I don't like the Spanish language much for my reasons. But if 9 of my 10 neighbors spoke it I wouldn't care. If that is a 'concern' for someone, I would argue their moral value in incompatible with the principle of freedom and liberty.

"Punishment can't be just a gentle slap on the wrist". For who? I see Americans get "gentle slaps" all the time. A non-citizen here illegally certainly needs addressing to satisfy justice, but I have proven this point- that 'while other options exist to satisfy justice, automatic deportation is not the only lawful option available and therefore is not automatically the most just, most appropriate, and most 'promoting of freedom' option available (as I believe the intent of our country should be). This logical proof (that multiple options exist) DEMANDS for logic to be sound, that others provide reason why 'deportation' is the logical choice. Furthermore, we have the option to vote on what we do. And while I don't vote for deportation but for documentation and deporting those unwilling, then I provide an option that satisfies justice and you and everyone else have no claim against me or my beliefs.

AmPatriot,

"First of all immigration is not a right, its a privilege... All these advocates, lawyers, Supreme Court, are way off base. Immigration is not a constitutional right or law"

You are right. Freedom IS in fact a right. My principle is extending this to all who agree to our laws. Some have come here without that binding agreement. Documenting and making those who agree to be citizens (while paying a fine or 'earning' their freedom by some form of legal retribution) and deporting those who refuse. By doing this, we preserve law, and extend what IS a right to others. This is peaceful, friendly, charitable, and moral upright. While immigration is not a right, our helping others in need IS a duty on our heads. If you don't believe that, then you are in conflict of the help you have received through your life as we all have. We owe a debt to our military, servicemen, and others. We also owe our debt to those to settled this country with an open-door policy.

Law requires justice. Moral law requires our duty to our fellow man. We all know this. Those arguing against it know it. Following these true principles of freedom will preserve ours. If we abandon them, we most certainly will not and can not remain free.

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