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Published: Sunday, July 13 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, July 12 2014 3:26 p.m. MDT

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anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

Excellent point. The reform needed is strict enforcement of immigration law, for a change, both at the border and in the nation's interior. They are invading in droves because they see the U.S. as a pushover that doesn't have the integrity to protect its own borders and sovereignty.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Given the government's penchant for creating negative unintended consequences right along with public policy, we ought to be vigilant any time someone mentions the word "reform."
The first question we need to ask is, What is the problem we are addressing here?
For me, it is an immigration system that is out of control. ONE THIRD of all the foreign-born are here illegally. What we need is a plan to reestablish our authority to determine who will come here and how many we will allow. That means creating a deterrent. That means strong enforcement measures. That means closing up a myriad of loopholes that are being used by people who should not be here.
Deferred action, pathways to citizenship, amnesty and in-state tuition are NOT in any way deterrents and do not address the root problem.
But telling people "NO" never bought a politician any votes.

E Sam
Provo, UT

First, people who are fleeing threats to their lives are not 'illegals.' Asylum laws cover their situation. When parents are as desperate as these Central American parents clearly are, it is the height of cruelty to send these children back into life threatening situations. Accepting and welcoming these children, and allowing their parents to join them here permanently is an absolute moral imperative. We're a huge, rich nation. We can absolutely absorb these numbers. We profess to be a Christian nation. It's time we acted like it. No more deportations.

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

The current immigration system is more aptly called 'job security' for immigration judges and lawyers. Each illegal has to have a lawyer appointed to represent them and are required to show up in court before an immigration judge to plead their case. And who pays for these judges and lawyers? The American taxpayer, of course. And Barack Hussein Obama has asked Congress for another $3.7 billion (that's right, billion) in large measure to pay for the judges and lawyers.

There's reportedly a three to five year backlog of cases to be heard... and more to come every day, I suppose until Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador are completely empty. This could take years and years. Besides there's all of South America to go. Oh, and don't forget Mexico.

The only answer to the illegal immigration problem is to tell those who wish to come to America to go back to your country of origin and do it right... apply for entry/citizenship, get in line and wait your turn. Anything else is total chaos.

Of course, our immigration system is broken because it's not being enforced.

Alfred
Phoenix, AZ

@Say No to BO:
"That means creating a deterrent. That means strong enforcement measures. That means closing up a myriad of loopholes that are being used by people who should not be here."

What it means is getting Barack Hussein Obama out of the White House, Eric Holder our of the Department of Justice, and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi out of the US Senate. Nothing constructive will happen re immigration until those people are history.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

More do nothing comments to put on the bookshelf with the actions of the only ones that can make any action, Congress. Until the House starts voting you won't know how radical your Utah Representatives are since all they want to do is wipe mud off their faces with make believe scandals while giving lip service to the issue. Maybe you should lobby South Temple to shake them from their hypocrisy.

intervention
slc, UT

ugottabkidn is right republicans seem to want us to forget they were key players in our current laws that Obama is simply enforcing . Under the 2002 human trafficking law passed by a republican lead congress and signed by former President George Bush and reauthorized and signed by Bush again in 2008 with additional protections, Mexican unaccompanied children apprehended crossing the border are automatically returned without formal deportation proceedings because the two countries share a border. But unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala cannot be sent back without going through the deportation process, since that law ensured that America wouldn’t send kids back to a dangerous situation. Authorities must process these children and determine whether they have credible proof that they cannot return to their countries of origin. Central American children are given basic care like medical screenings in processing centers before being placed with relatives or foster care until they can appear in front of immigration judges.

prelax
Murray, UT

@E Sam

You can re-write history, the Obama administration has confirmed they are coming here for amnesty. Biden even went as far as to go to Central America and tell them to stop sending their children. The waivers are only for people already here. The children are being placed with people here illegally, that just compounds the problem.

"The law already allows HHS and the Homeland Security Department to write regulations to deal with "exceptional circumstances" that would allow officials to return the children more quickly to their home countries, Feinstein said Thursday at a hearing on a $3.7 billion emergency budget request from the White House to deal with the growing crisis on the border."

prelax
Murray, UT

After weeks of insistence that criminal violence was responsible for the surge of Central American migrants, the U.S. has begun a regional public-relations campaign to fight the widespread belief in Central America that children and families will be allowed to stay in the U.S. if they are caught by the Border Patrol.

That belief has been fueled both by migrant smugglers seeking more clients, and by calls home from children and families who have been released by the thousands in recent years, with notices to appear in immigration court, because there are no facilities to hold them.

June 20 DN

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

@intervention:
"ugottabkidn is right republicans seem to want us to forget they were key players in our current laws that Obama is simply enforcing."

Barack Hussein Obama can unenforce any law he chooses. He's done it with his own Obamacare, for example. The fact that he doesn't do it with the illegal immigration problem tells us something about him and it's not good. He seems to like illegal immigrants and he's happy to encourage more to come. What did he do? He let her stay.

anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

If illegal aliens from Mexico are returned immediately, but not illegal aliens from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala -- and given the known fact that Mexico is aiding and facilitating the trafficking of illegal-aliens from these countries through the Mexican countryside, how do we know that Mexico isn't actually exporting its own people (as they always have) this time, instructing them to CLAIM that they are from these other countries so as to take advantage of the 2002/2008 human trafficking law? Seriously, how do we know that many of these thousands are from those other countries and not from Mexico? Papers? What papers?

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

For me the bottom line is this: If Washington cannot come up with a way to stop an invasion of 60,000 children from remaining here, they might as well turn out the lights, lock the doors and go home permanently.
Our politicians are officially dysfunctional.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

Some believe these children should be granted asylum.
If that were the case, we should be closing the missions in those countries and bring home our Elders and Sisters. Those countries are not safe for Americans.
As for children seeking political asylum, you cannot be serious.
And if it is that bad, where are the parents?
We need a viable asylum program, but these children do not qualify. Let's not cheapen asylum any more than it already is. Let's make room for families from Somalia and Syria, rather than clog it up with children from El Salvador.

OneWifeOnly
San Diego, CA

I challenge the commentators on this post who want to send these children back to their home countries to name one job that they have applied to that they did not get because an illegal alien got the job instead of them. Then describe the job and explain why you wanted the job and what made the illegal alien the more desirable candidate. As for me, I don't think an illegal alien has ever taken a job that I wanted.

To all those commentators on this post who own their own company answer this: Have you ever hired an illegal alien? If so why. As for me, I've never owned my own company but as a manager I've never offered a job to an illegal alien because the companies I've worked for required background checks.

To all those commentators on this post who own a home: Have you ever hired an illegal alien to mow your lawn or clean your house? If so why.

tenx
Santa Clara, UT

Someone with a big mouth has been saying he has a pen and a phone and he is going to give Amnesty. That word has passed down (not surprising) and now we are reaping the "opportunities", as one of the not so bright in Washington has been saying. Good luck with stopping this invasion. I'm writing to my former workers in Sudan and telling them to get a job on a ship and when they get here just jump ship, never mind getting paid, we will take care of them (food, housing, education, etc.). The word continues to get around the world and with any luck the Deemolibs will have several hundred million Illegals on our doorsteps. Viva LEGAL immigration.

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