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'God heard our prayers,' one sister says

Published: Thursday, June 7 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Moral of the story: Get yourself on the news and you are no longer subject to the law. Maybe I'll try this after my next home invasion robbery...

Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

Will the State Attorney General please explain how he was able to state in writing that these women are "law abiding and employed"? I'm sure the rest of the people in this State who are working illegally would like to know how these sisters are managing to do this.

I expect we will see a similar story about these same women in oh about 350 days from now.

Ogden, UT

Silly me. I thought a Utah Attorney General would have more spine and concern for the rule of law than the Federal Justice Department. Seems like AG Shurtleff has been drinking the AG Holder punch too long.

Please stop referring to illegal immigrants as 'law abiding citizens'. That simply promotes the notion that violating US immigration laws is no big deal and should be tolerated. It is a big deal. This country pays a significant price in our education system, our health system, and in every other public service when illegal immigrants consume resources without carrying their fair share.

I'll wonder out loud (since I won't and shouldn't know their membership standing) if they could sit in an interview with their ecclesiastical leader and affirm they are 'honest' in their dealings with their fellow man. Thank goodness I'm not in that leadership position.

I'm still wondering how the could be gainfully employed and pay taxes.

Salt Lake City, UT

They could have an ITIN (immigrant tax identification number) which is a SSN alternative for foreigners to pay taxes for working in the US.

Lansing, MI

Noodlekaboodle, it doesn't matter if they have an ITIN or not. It's still illegal for them to work in this country. And if they got the job and the employer required them to fill out the proper paperwork, i.e. I-9's, then they needed to attest that they were legally allowed to work. Having an ITIN doesn't give you a right to work or anything else. It's simply a number you use to file for taxes. You might also note that illegal aliens who use ITINs have been doing so mainly because they're able to money from additional child tax credit, even for children who are not in this country. The US Treasury paid out $4.2 billion to illegal aliens who filed under ITINs last year.

Provo, UT

This is not Right! When will the American people stand up and demand that the Illegal problem be fixed?

Provo, UT

I'm glad they were given the one year reprieve. They aren't criminals just because their parents brought them here when they were little children. This is their home and their country. It makes me sad that people would treat fellow human beings so poorly. I hope they and others in their same situation are eventually granted citizenship. We need to change our immigration laws to be more humane and to face the realities of our day.
I hope we see more stories like this one. I applaud all those involved.


This whole scenario is so wrong on so many different levels.

Why didn't ICE deport them back in '10 when they had custody of them?

Why does Shurtleff want lawbreakers to stay in the state of Utah?

Why does ICE pay any attention to Shurtleff when he wants to KEEP lawbreakers here, but they DON'T pay any attention to us, (the taxpayers) when we ask that laws get enforced?

Politicizing law enforcement is a very dangerous road to travel. I wonder if ICE is making these absurd decisions by themselves or do they have "marching orders" from above?

These lawbreakers meet none of the conditions set forth in the article as being subject to "re-evaluation".

Utahs politicians have, yet again, IGNORED the legal residents of Utah in advocating for law-breakers!

Illegal aliens cost Utah taxpayers 400million per year and Shurtleff knows it. Its NOT a "victimless" crime!

Lansing, MI


-----------------------They weren't that little, and they were adults when they violated the deportation order along with their parents. They also knew they'd been ordered deported at the time they had kids. Yes, it's sad that people treat others so poorly---that illegal aliens think they have a right to come to this country, break its laws, take jobs from Americans, and use benefits and services they don't pay for.
The blessing here is that this reprieve does not get them a route to legal status. It instead puts them in limbo--and if we get a new President, they may find themselves out of here in less than year.

Sanpete, UT


I highly doubt that. They were saying that they didn't know they were illegal in this country. If they had these numbers, they would know that's for Non-citizens and would therefore know they were illegal. Since they didn't have these numbers, they must have had a SSN. And, not being citizens, it had to be a real citizens's SSN.
So, they are either lying, or they are ID thieves. No matter which way they or you try to spin it, they are breaking the law and either need to be deported or thrown in jail.

Murray, UT

Getting cheap illegal labor, 3 people at a time.

The children became felons at 18.5 years of age, as they were under deportation orders and continued their flight from justice. A felon, according to our law is not eligible for citizenship.

With the Supreme court decision coming up, their year will be bittersweet, I am afraid. These are the people Obama said he would deport, felons.

Salt Lake City, UT

Whoohooo!!!! So happy for these wonderful contributing members of our community. I hope they find a means of becoming citizens.

Salt Lake City, UT

This is a terrible day for those little kids. This is because they were taught today that lying and cheating pays.

They also were taught, falsely, indirectly, by their LDS parents (purposely situating the press conference in front of the temple) and LDS Mark Shurtleff, that the LDS Church does not believe in telling the truth, being honest in your dealings with your fellow man, nor in honoring, obeying, and sustaining the law.

Those who rationalize endorsing and looking the other way at lawlessness in the name of compassion are calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). Shame on them.

Salt Lake City, UT

Source please. I can't find anywhere that says illegals cost 400 million a year.
Um, so your saying a kids ages 7-15 are old enough to live on their own? Clearly you don't have kids. Also, do you truly think it is feasible to "round up the Mexicans" because that is what your proposing and it's not realistic in a cost/benefit sense. I mean COULD we "round up all the Mexicans" probably, but it would cost more than it costs us. Just pull the license of any business(including the big guys that you repubs love) if they don't use e-verify for every employee. Look at the data, after the job market crashed net immigration is 0. Illegals are coming here for jobs, not because they love America. Cut them out of the market and the problem goes away. But neither party will ever do it because they are both in the pocket of big buisness.

Anti Government
Alpine, UT

re: justcap

Sure are glad you can operate on what you " feel" and stick your head in the sand about all the other ugly realities that are caused by illlegals in our country.

You may want the laws changed but until they are they should be enforced. These ladies seem nice.

Personally I happen to be a formerly Canadian citizen and I scratch my head why I went through years of fees, applicalications, fingerprints, interviews, and more fees to become a legal citizen when I could have just leeched off the US forever!!

Oh ya, I know why I did it...because I did not feel good about breaking the law and freeloading!!!

All these people need to follow the same process I did for getting into the country legally. It is not fair for one person to have to ENDURE the process and then give a pass to others.

It is ridiculous that we have government officials helping people to continue to break the law. These officials need to be gotten rid of.

Murray, UT

Cosr to deport 94 billion once. Yearly cost to America $113 billion. Cost to Utah over 400 million a year. The deportation number is from a study in 2007, (when more were here from the Department of homeland security. Wish I could post a link to the other two figures, but they don't allow links)

The kids became adults when on the run, and responsible for their own actions.

Did they all marry brothers? If married, why do they all have the same last name? Is information being with held?

Alabaster, Alabama

All illegals are breaking federal law and thus are "bad guys". Utah's attorney general should be impeached for aiding and abetting those who openly flaunt our laws. Is he not sworn to enforce the law? Ask Mexico's President if they allow illegals to stay one day longer in their country, much less one year longer. No, he would say we put them in jail and deport them.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

This is good news. Best wishes to these women and their families.

future president
Logan, Utah

Get real people, criminals?

Trust me, I've met some real criminals in my life. These people are harmless. Don't tell me about how they are harming our education system and taking away jobs from Americans. Are you guys telling me that Americans are lining up to pick strawberries in the fields and work at Crown Burger? I know I'm not. These guys work the jobs nobody wants with joy and put some effort into it.

Simple economics; they work and live here. Thus they spend their money here, buy cars and houses here. How can that be bad for the economy?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT


Both federal and state govbernments have announced a one year suspension on enforcing laws on folks who are "law abiding and employed" even if they are violating federal laws.

I guess that means that every Utah citizen who does not want to pay taxes for 2012 has permission to ignore the tax laws for a year.

If that is not the case, then how is that "fair" and why are some people getting preferential treatment when they break the law?

Equal justice for all was a noble concept, but it has just been thrown out the courthouse window! How much longer can real U.S. citizens who are "law abiding and employed" put up with this sort of discrimination?

AG Shurtleff is a tremendous disappointment, and I used to be a huge fan of his.

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