Seems to me that criminal suspects jailed for felonies, or class A,B, or C
misdemeanors should have a complete background check. It's only prudent
that that check include citizenship status. I believe HB497 is a much sounder
bill than Arizona's SB1070. HB497 doesn't include undue scrutiny of
anyone in regard to race. Simply applying for a job isn't illegal for
illegal immigrants. Working without a work permit is, and that law should be
enforced. Stealing another's identity to work is a most dastardly act.
Great harm could be done to the real owner of the ID no matter how benign the
thief acts. Laws protecting us from these villains are already on the books but
rarely enforced. HB497 basically is a tool to identify a suspect that is
incarcerated for a crime. Why would anyone protest a law like that?
As long as we refrain from enforcing immigration law we will continue to
experience more problems with bloated costs in our social programs and
education, eroding the quality of our neighborhoods, child identity theft and
illegal competition in the job market.Right. Utah's law is
absolutely needed, and must be enforced.
One can argue endlessly for or against the wisdom of the Utah law.However, no one can honestly say that the federal government is seriously
attempting to enforce long-standing federal immigration laws.That
leaves only the choice between ignoring the existing federal laws, or not.Those who argue in favor of ignoring federal laws, and not having any
state back up to enforce identical provisions, can only be described as seeking
anarchy. They may claim it is "human rights" or "for the
children" or "to do jobs Americans won't do." But, it is
simply destroying respect and obedience to any and all federal laws. Will these same critics support, defend and conceal me if I don't pay
income taxes, or rob a bank? Why not, they are only federal laws?Conversely, those who seek enforcement of federal immigration laws have taken
the unusual last ditch measure of passing nearly identical state laws to try to
enforce our borders, even if the federal government has deliberately abrogated
their solemn responsibility to do so.Yes, Utah's law is
absolutely needed, and must be enforced.If not, we are free to
ignore all federal laws!