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Published: Saturday, March 23 2013 6:50 p.m. MDT

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LisaMShepherd
Provo, UT

Clear and Reasoned, I'm sorry you have been misinformed about the process followed to bring the proposals to the Central Committee for a vote.

The Compact proposal was submitted in December. The first opportunity for it's presentation was March 23, 2013 as the CCC agenda for February 2, 2013 didn't allow for any C&B or Platform business since the Executive Committee previously set a date of March 23 for the C&B business to be considered.

Knowing that we had two polarizing documents between the current language (which remains if the delegates don't ratify P106 by a simple majority vote) and that of the Utah Compact and those who submitted the Compact proposal didn't want to edit language, I asked the Platform Sub-Committee to come up with a proposal that would blend the sentiment of the Compact and the current language that could be acceptable to provide a UNIFYING statement from the Utah County Republican Party. This task was accomplished by many who favored the original language. It's important that we be a Party of unifying instead of continuing the fight against each other.

LisaMShepherd
Provo, UT

Clear and Reasoned,
At at time when the nation is fighting over immigration, it is ultimately important that Utah County UNIFIES and that the Central Committee did. It is very difficult to obtain a 2/3rds majority. I'm very proud of our committee for choosing to UNIFY.

I hope this helps to understand what really happened to this proposal. It had a fair normal path in being presented at the first chance after being processed and then voted upon. Now it's time to UNIFY.

I'm sorry you were misinformed.

Most sincerely,

Lisa M Shepherd
UCRP Constitution & Bylaws Committee Chair

kberry
Tooele, UT

Does the Utah Compact stand for an American citizen to illegally enter and live in another country, refuse to take personal responsibility to learn and speak the native language, and to respect and honor local laws?

Illegal immigration is wrong ... it is not something that should just be discouraged but the law should be honored and enforced. The law often is not enforced because politicians are more worried about their popularity than in serving the public!!!

LisaMShepherd
Provo, UT

The Compact states that it is a "guide to begin the discussion on immigration". The UCRP Platform is a statement that is far beyond beginning a discussion. A Platform is and should remain a firm declaration of Republican values and principles. We expect our elected officials to work toward enacting laws consistent with our Party's Platform.

The last sentence of our Platform reads: "All Republican elected officials, candidate and party officers are expected to endorse these principles and agree to be held accountable to the people and to the party."

In 2011, the Utah County and State delegates passed resolutions in support of the County, State and National Immigration Platform planks because the legislature departed from our Platform.

LisaMShepherd
Provo, UT

This question wasn't a matter of IF the members thought we shouldn't be compassionate, it seemed that the members agreed by a super majority that unifying behind a "partisan" statement to be inserted into our Platform is exactly the purpose of adopting a Platform. I believe the closing argument shared by Senator Margaret Dayton was the key to help undecided members. The debate point she stated was that a Partisan Party's Platform is no place for a bi-partisan statement.

The Compact states it is a "guide to begin the discussion on immigration". The UCRP Platform is a statement that is far beyond beginning a discussion. A Platform is and should remain a firm declaration of Republican values and principles.

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