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Published: Wednesday, July 30 2014 2:10 p.m. MDT

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Ft Thomas, KY

Sounds like that touchy feely "Utah compact" thing isn't working out so well. Here is a novel idea: how 'bout we send the illegal aliens home?

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Why should we be surprised?

Open borders and continually requesting amnesties to fuel the cheap labor market has consequences.

The LEGAL immigration process has a tendency to eliminate the undesirable element - but cheap labor lobbyists hate that.

park city, UT

Just like alcohol, legalize and tax, presto, no more gang income, no more gangs.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Open borders let criminals in. Imagine that!

Who has been calling for border enforcement, and who has refused to do it, even though it is the law? Now you know who should get credit for the rising crime rates.

Murray, UT


The cartels are into human trafficking, kidnapping, prostitution, vice etc. also, eliminating drugs won't stop them. Mexico made drugs legal for consumption over a year ago. It hasn't slowed them down.

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

cartels feed on our vices.

clean up our own acts and the cartels will die of starvation.

Elk River, MN

We may have reached a point of no return. Open borders are something to consider, but that issue is minor compared to the more significant problem of the "War on Drugs." The war on drugs has been the primary influence for the rise of these gangs. Time to legalize drugs and take the money out of the business.

prelax's comments are right on though. We may be too late.

Springville, UT

You can thank your local leaders (Democratic Party, Chamber of Commerce, and churches) for this. They have pushed for open borders and amnesty all for gain and with total disregard for our nation. And this newspaper's editors are not without blame. They have gladly served as the propaganda mouthpiece for amnesty and open borders for years.

We knew the outcome and the ensuing destruction of our nation, while you only wanted to line your pockets. There's a word for this.

Clearfield, UT

Utah has some of the highest prescription abuse in the nation. What kind of example are we setting for our kids? Perhaps, the problem isn't so much the drug cartel as that Utah is allowing demand for drugs to make it much more lucrative for the cartel to come to Utah. The peaceful solution to the cartel violence is to address the reason they are coming here. Utah needs to focus more on drug addiction prevention and the demand side than the supply side. Dry up demand and let the cartel so someplace else to make money. It's simple Republican conservative economics of capitalist supply and demand. What conservative Utah needs is to begin to live up to its political principles.


They make more money on extortion, blackmail, kidnapping and selling "protection" to business owners, than they do on drugs in Mexico. Making drugs legal won't stop them, it will just give them another avenue to launder their money.

It's the open border people that caused this. With 15 million here illegally, and little to no deportations, it easy to hide.

Carson City, NV

The War on Drugs is not going to work until the War is aimed at getting people to stop using drugs, stop buying drugs. Then we still will have the illegal activities the cartels engage in. And the police has to deal with them with reduced staffing. Make sense! Once again we see our Congressional salaries hard at work.

South Jordan, UT

It's only going to get worse because of the influx of illegals of all descriptions from the southern border. Stop the bleeding. Close the border. Stop the funding: U.S. House of Representatives!

Santa Clara, UT

The gang of 13 (my list but DMN won't allow it to be stated) should be thrilled at the results of illegal immigration. Just lacking a few torsos displayed hanging from the overpasses and it will be just like Mexico. Perhaps in 20 years we will sending our children to Honduras to escape the violence here. Wish Ike would come back from the dead and solve this for us. Legal Immigration good. Illegal immigration bad. Viva LEGAL immigration.

one old man
Ogden, UT

BYU alum, you want the House of Representatives to STOP the funding for border protection?

Don't you know that failure by Congress to fund border fences and other means of protection have been one of the things that has caused the "open border?"

It's Congress, NOT the president that is to blame.

Provo, UT

Its sad to see many of you blame illegal immigrants for this to cover up the huge addiction there is in the states for drugs. The cartel does what it does because of us, our addictions and selfish needs. Go ahead and blame the hard working illegal immigrants that have nothing to do with this because the people that run the cartel don't come in illegally they come in totally legal and under our nose. Its funny that you should blame all on the illegal immigrant but when he comes and cleans your house, build your home and upkeep your lifestyle you don't mind questioning his legality. All you care is that you saved money and the job was well done.

Niskayuna, NY

If you don't get serious about arresting, prosecuting, jailing and deporting you're going to end up like New York. Our daily drug arrest report here reads like a Mexican telephone directory.

Salt Lake City, UT

I think a lot of people posting aren't connecting the dots. If a cartel member can open up a bar or restaurant to launder money they will also have the proper paperwork and would be legally documented, hence they wouldn't be illegals. This isn't an immigration issue as much as it's a supply and demand issue.

Law enforcement needs to focus on lowering the demand from locals

Clearfield, UT

Close the borders. Just exactly how do we close a border that stretched from CA to Texas. Illegal immigration is an economic not a criminal problem. Why do we have to politicize everything.

Salt Lake City, UT

Unless kids are running the cartels, those deportation waivers don't do all that much....

Edwardsville, IL

Here is an even more novel Idea:
Treat the cartels as Terrorist organizations. It is obvius that the corrupt governmemnts south of the Rio Grand are either in bed with or ignoring the cartels. We have gone into Pakistan, Iraq and Afganistan after Terrorists, perhaps we should consider doing this a little closer to home. Find the cartel bases, send in a couple of Spectre Gunships, maybe test fly a couple of F-35s and eliminate them. If the folks down there pretend not to see our borders let's return the favor.
There will be collateral damage but no more than if we continue to tiptoe around the fact that these terrorist organizations are already attacking us.

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