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Published: Sunday, March 9 2014 12:07 a.m. MST

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I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

Nowhere did I say I supported illegal behavior. I've only qualified how we should punish it. And yes, I have defended the same principle for other crimes all over this the Deseret News website.

What does it take to convince a man to soften his heart and have compassion for others who've made mistakes?
What does it take to convince someone who's sinned to forgive others who've sinned?
What does it take to show someone you can uphold the law, and do it in a compassionate way?

The LDS Church released an official statement on this issue. My belief has been that exact position from the very beginning.

* We discourage people from breaking the law, we don't condone it
* For those who do, in our justice and punishments we must still treat each other as children of God
* We're "concerned that any state legislation that only contains enforcement provisions is likely to fall short of the high moral standard of treating each other as children of God"

Dr. Leslie Whited
Kaysville, UT

When laws are just, then surely uphold them. When they are not just, as a community, as a nation, reform the law rather than asking people to be battered against unjust laws. The first dozen or so comments reflect a reality of remembered white-ethnic European migration (except the Irish). Just wait, you'll be allowed in. It does not reflect the reality of the long migrations of people of color from Mexico, Central America, China and other nations from around the world (See Howard Zinn's book: A People's History of the United States). Reformation is needed so that economic migration (which is not taking away the jobs most American citizens are applying for) and citizenship paths can be about dignity, respect, and egalitarian values. As President Roosevelt (FDR) said not so long ago: "Remember, remember always, always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists." Our nation is about welcome. Our God is about welcoming all who are created to the table. 34 years is too long to wait as the wife of Jose Bonilla listed in the article. May we fast in Lent for welcome and law (legal)reformation.

OlderGreg
USA, CA

Change the law? Probably no. Reform the system that takes lots of $$, stacks of bureaucratic paperwork, and (in some cases) takes decades to process said paperwork -- definitely reform that process!!!

Consider this -- what would you do if the DMV drivers license process worked like our green-card process? Wait to drive 'til they were done? Get politically active? Drive anyway because you needed to in order to get a paycheck? ---

RRB
SLC, UT

Legal immigration supplies this country with all the help we need. Record setting one million a year green cards and 3.2 million work visas are an all time high (2011). This is questionable with over 20 million people looking for full time jobs, and those here illegally moving into service, construction, hospitality, etc jobs. Jobs that can't be moved overseas, and are needed for our citizens.

Processing paper work faster accomplishes nothing. There are only so many openings each year. If you don't want lines, then petition to return to immediate families and stop giving our visas to everyone in a persons extended family. The person here for 34 years was eligible for five different amnesties, I would like to hear the full story.

Business is pulling out all the stops to retain their cheap labor, and keep from being charged with a felony for each person hired here illegally. I wonder how many of the pro-illegal comments here are representing the business lobby?

LJohnson
Los Angeles, CA

Very few illegals pay taxes. Many many more use & abuse our overly generous welfare system, our educational system and our medical system. ERs in CA file for bankruptcy because by law they must accept the costly illegals for any and every medical reason. The ERs are never compensated for the huge costs. As a citizen of the US, my family can Not afford to be treated at an ER, except under extreme emergencies, yet these people walk in at anytime and must be treated by law because of a judges ruling. Citizens of CA voted for Prop 187 years ago, to prohibit such costly abuses, but a judge overturned the voice of the people and created an overwhelming & expensive $$Burden. What is wrong with our system?? Don't be fooled.

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