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Published: Sunday, Aug. 19 2012 2:00 p.m. MDT

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Orem, UT

Of course, I meant, "the reason good folks come here ILLEGALLY is..."

Fern RL

This was a very enlightening article. I had always thought of illegal aliens as being those who crossed the border without any visa at all. I thought of the countries they were escaping from, mostly Mexico, as being the real culprits for making life so unbearable for their citizens that they would risk everything to get out of there.

Now I see that many of them actually come to this country legally but illegally overstay their visas, particularly while applying for further legal rights to stay. To me, that is a whole different issue.

It is also a different issue when persecution is involved in the person's original country.

Even now, though, I don't understand what determines the length of time allowed on a visa. Is it Argentine policy to allow only a short visa, or does that decision come from the United States? Is there equality in the treatment of someone coming here from Europe, Canada, or anywhere else?

I understand that as long as there are borders there need to be limits, with a kind of balance between those moving into the country and those moving out.

Pocatello, ID

DN Subscriber: The Correas knew about the regulations and they did their best to follow them. If you would note there were several people/businesses who failed to follow through with their responsibilities. What a shame that we boot people like these folks and keep everybody who knowingly cross the border and live off middle income Americans.

I remember the incident, I too, appreciate the DN following up on them. Best wishes to them in their business and personal lives.

Sandy, UT

Fern RL, the problem is corrupt governing bodies, both foreign and domestic. Shame on any government who requires its citizens to pay a bribe so they can be given 'permission' to travel abroad. But also, shame on the corrupt US government for creating, as they normally do, an immigration bureaucracy that make regulations here and enforces them there, while letting those with money and a good lawyer not have to deal with any of it if they pay a bribe. Or, they grant 'amnesty' to a select few immigrants so they (the bureaucrats) can get reelected. There's a reason thousands of Americans are taking early retirement and moving in the opposite direction, South of the border. The problem is not that this country is over-crowded, the problem is that this country is over-crowded with self-important, paper-pushing, government administrators and free-loaders and under-crowded with entrepreneurs and working class members being more and more driven overseas. Though what the US Government did to the Correa family was horribly wrong, they likely did them a huge favor. I might just have to move to Chile myself.

Just an Observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Definitely not a question of black or white, is it? I must say that if the original employer hired Mr. Correa legally, then there should be some kind of allowance to let the family stay. But, perhaps, if that employer did not hire Mr. Correa legally, then some sort of equal responsibility should be assessed to that employer as well.

Boutiful, UT

What a great Family! They deserve Happiness! What a Shame that they were deported in the manner they described. Everyone deserves a chance to make what ever "wrong" into a "right". It is the Lord's way. I hope and pray for their success, and if they are patient enough, and determined, they can file the 'lengthy' and arduous paperwork, interviews, and fines they may need to pay in order to return to the U.S. if they desire. I am sad for their loss, but happy for their success in Chile.
Stay Close to the Lord and He will Direct your paths...

Murray, UT

What would happen if every person who wanted to come here came illegally or overstayed Visas? Our economy would collapse trying to provide for them. We have to insist that people come here legally.

If the 11.5 million left, citizens would be able to find jobs. Overstaying a visa is just as illegal as crossing the border. Both groups commit multiple felonies each day they stay here and work. It's their responsibility to follow up on visas and deportation orders.

With 2.5 million visas each year, a million green cards, and now 2 million people amnestied by Obama, we can't afford a liberal attitude towards those who come here without permission. Our economies recovery will never happen by flooding our labor pool. Are we willing to accept 8.3% unemployment for the next 20 years?

Make people come legally and let's control our borders. Remember 911 was carried out by people here illegally that overstayed their visas.

Gregg Weber

I wonder how those that have been deported because they illegally entered or stayed in the US could be helped when they return to their country. Improve their lives there so that they don't have to pay the smugglers, be paid sub rate by employers here, and other hardships. If there is crime in their own country, I hope that they would fight it at home rather than run away, just as if there was corruption in some of our states. Improve the nest.

Murray, UT

Hundreds on millions of people want to come here. We can't accept them all, so the only way to be fair is through legal immigration. We should not cater to those who chose to come here illegally, and allow them to take the place of honest people who apply, and follow our laws.

I've found over the years, that those who cry compassion the loudest, are the ones profiting and taking advantage of the lawbreakers.


NedGrimley, young adults recruit teens all the time. Should they be turned lose because they didn't know better?

When going to another country people have a responsibility to check out the laws and follow them.

If a lawyer tells them wrong (an excuse used daily in deportation hearings) their beef is with the lawyer, not the government. The same applies to US citizens.

Murray, UT

The US decides what length of time a visa is for. You have to know the type of visa to find out how long they can be for. 90 days to 3 years in most cases. Making sure the visa is extended is their responsibility. The business has to fill out papers, but the visa holder has to work with the business to make sure they are filled out. Chances are they were on a visiting visa and the business could not apply for them.

As far as the deportation, maybe they did not send the papers because they did not know where they were. In the original article, they were told to leave, and instead they moved to Utah. The government was looking for them since 2006 to carry out the deportation orders.

It's to bad they did not follow the laws. A 90 day visa to visit does not entitle them to work or apply for a work visa while here. Most visas require a person to return to their home country before applying (an extension on a work visa can be made while the person is here)

La Escritora
SLC, ut

Thank you for your great comments. I knew the Correa Family when I was a SCORE counselor, I helped her little bit with her marketing needs. I never knew and I never ask about their status. They came to a few of my events to promote and to sell their incredible stained glass products and jewelry. I wanted them to succeed in this country. I am as well from Argentina. Sometimes the difference between legal and illegal immigrant is a simple matter of money. They come here because they don't have money and can't afford to be legal. I had to work really hard for 3 years to save enough $ to come to this country. A big number of immigrants are building a stronger economy such as the agriculture industry. Many of them who came illegally, realized that they had made a mistake especially when their children are born in this country. They have worked hard to saved enough to become legal for these types of immigrants who have American children, the US Immigration Law should have a way to make them citizen.I am happy for the Correa's family and God be with you always

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