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Published: Monday, Aug. 13 2012 9:04 p.m. MDT

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M.Sanchez
Salt Lake City, Utah

The exploitation of guest workers is what this commission is about. It is apparent that the Sutherland Institute, Utah Chamber of Commerce, and the Utah Downtown Alliance have no real concern for the well being of workers from Mexico.

Studies already exist from various states and watch groups about guest worker abuse. 'No way to treat a Guest' by Farmworker Justice, 'Close to Slavery' by the Southern Poverty Law Center are just a couple of studies.

Testimonies before the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate detail the lack of protection for guest workers by the Department of Labor. The United States recently lost the largest human trafficking case in U.S. history. This high lights the lack of protection. Utah has one big black eye since Thai workers were enslaved in Utah hog and egg farms.

Now Utah will become engaged in the delivery of Mexican guest workers into the hands of predatory employers. Watch for news reports on a high number of Mexican women placed into restaurant work for less than .62 cents on the dollar, along with sexual abuse.

Sadly, one would have thought slavery, a relic of barbarism stopped 150 years ago.

RRB
SLC, UT

Other news sources say the study is for impacts of immigrants on crime in Utah. It does not divide legal and illegal.

Release the study to the public.

RRB
SLC, UT

In the news today in several papers, from a government study: "Immigrants who were identified under a federal fingerprinting program as possibly being here illegally but who were not detained by immigration authorities went on to be arrested again on more than 1,800 serious offenses, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. The charges included 19 murders, three attempted murders and 142 sex crimes". from the Star Tribune

Many Utah police agencies refuse to check the "Hispanic" box, checking "white" instead. They refuse to divide them. It's happening all over the country. Citizens have no voice when business can buy people. Cutting labor cost in half can cause people to destroy their children's future.

Perhaps the committee needs to be reminded that it's against the law, whether crossing borders, committing perjury filling out a I-9 form, or stealing social security numbers.

Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

The man accused of killing Millard County sheriff's deputy Josie Greathouse Fox was in our country illegally after having already been deported once .... or twice. I'm not sure which it was.

Brer Rabbit
Spanish Fork, UT

I think that this commission is nothing but a dog and pony show. Yesterday they were simply trying to show that they were listening to both sides. However with few exceptions most of the commission were bored and not paying attention

All of the legislators on this commission have a voting record that demonstrates that they are enablers and support cheap illegal labor in Utah. They support the employers that use the illegal labor. Salt Lake City, and the entire state of Utah is considered to be a "sanctuary state," because Utah has laws that attract illegal aliens to Utah, and don't enforce their laws that obstruct illegal immigration.

RichardB
Murray, UT

Morgan is about as pro-illegal as you can get.
"Morgan said he's not trying to say illegal immigrants are not committing crimes including identity theft. But, he said, that could be resolved through a guest worker program or giving them some sort of number that allows them to work." DN Feb 25 2012

A committee stacked with pro-illegal business is not going to solve anything.

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