The validity and usefulness of the Compact for Legal Immigrants depends on the definition of "immigrant." If one uses the common definition, "A person who leaves one country to settle permanently in another," then we must assume this is referring only to those who are here legally, in which case most people would generally agree with the sentiments.

One statement of the Compact repudiates the call for a Utah "immigrant worker" program: "Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government and other countries — not Utah and other countries."

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It also speaks against one family member leaving his family behind, in his homeland, to be a migrant worker, or leaving a child behind in the U.S. when deported: "We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate families."

It also supports that Rep. Steve Sandstrom's proposed enforcement-style law is not racism and recognizes the ability of law enforcement to discern proper enforcement procedures: "We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement's professional judgment and discretion."

Yes, we in Utah can, and do, support a "humane approach" and we are "a place that welcomes people of goodwill," especially those who obey our laws, civil or criminal.

Robert Wren