Georgia coalition working on Utah-style compact

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  • southern heat Hurricane, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    Van, in Saratoga, your logic is so off I hardly know where to start. I wish people would look at the media as a platform to sell their stories instead of a factual opinion. Where in the world did you come up with the ideas that 'The Majority of the great state of Utah" and "They will be nobodys. They will be an embarrassment to the great state of Utah." Your liberalism is showing as a badly fitting slip. If you really want to understand illegal immigration, as those immigrants who are here ligally how they feel about the illegals.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    Dec. 10, 2010 11:35 a.m.

    A good sidebar to this article would be the workplace raid of a farm in Georgia, that removed 18 men here illegally under SOAR (sex offender removal).

    Also that 7 congressmen from Georgia have demanded a meeting with the head of ICE to find out why removal of people there illegally was so slow.

    And Georgia's lawmakers are planning on passing a law similar to Arizona's.

    The compact is not spreading, it's being used to fight enforcement.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    Dec. 10, 2010 11:27 a.m.

    A lot of people thought the Utah compact is a good idea, until they find out they are talking amnesty for illegal immigrants between the lines. It talks to vague about immigration, and never addresses the problem of legal vs illegal. It's a public relations peace meant to sway opinion, but has no real effect.

    I dislike the word undocumented immigrant. Since those that come here legally come for citizenship. and those who come illegally come for jobs. If amnesty is given to someone here for the job, they need not worry about the political wind and enforcement.

    They are more of a "undocumented visa worker", someone who comes for a specific amount of time, or until the work is done, then returns home. There are no jobs for non-agricultural workers in this state, that cannot be taken by Americans. The undocumented visa is up, it's time to go home.

  • van Saratoga Springs, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    The Utah Compact is gaining popularity by the minute.
    The Sandstroms bill is loosling popularity buy the minute.

    The Majority of the great state of Utah is sending a message that ideas like the Utah Compact is the higher ground to take. It is catching on all around the country.

    Leaders should realize that the opposition to any immigration reform is much smaller than it seems. They are loud, they are angry, and they are not capable of seeing any other ideas other than mass deportation. Their talking points are getting old. However, they are the ones that call and bark.

    The leaders that support ideas like the Utah Compact will soon be heros of Utah. Sensable good people that can can use reason, practicality and compassion to solve the immigration problem.

    Leaders that support deportation and enforcement only will be seen as right wing extremist that solved nothing. They will be nobodys. They will be and embarrassments to the great state of Utah.

  • Chip Douglas Cedar Hills, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    Immigrants are a net benefit to society. Let's close the borders and work pragmatically to integrate those here now. It's the wise thing to do.

    Kudos to the Utah Compact and its thousands of supporters. It should sweep the nation as a logical and pragmatic approach. Good luck Georgia.

  • curious george Orem, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    So I'm curious. If I am speeding on I-15 and get pulled over for breaking the law should I just suggest that the officer let me off because he should be commpassionate and reasonable and since I am on a federal highway I should not be bothered by the state trooper, the county sheriff or the town officer because they have to much to do already after all it's not their jurisdiction? I've been speeding for years and have not be caught. So that should make it alright also. Sorry, I'm ranting again but really, what's the difference?

  • RShackleford Saint George, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:54 a.m.

    All this means is that in Georgia, just like in Utah, there are those that depend on cheap labor and/or votes. It also shows Georgia has a bunch of Immigration Lawyers ready to fill out the Illegal Alien's Paperwork...for a fee.

    Nothing new here.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 9:47 a.m.

    So some in Georgia think its a good idea to offer "warm fuzzies" to the illegal alien trespassers, while their own citizens are facing mass unemployment?

  • kemitc Columbia, TN
    Dec. 10, 2010 8:17 a.m.

    How is illegal immigration going to help the economy. These people get government services that legal citizens of the US can't receive and it's a drain on every states resources. These studies are bias by people who have an agenda. The LDS Church even wants to keep them for conversion for the new tithe that will come into the coffers. Wake up people and think, who is going to benefit the most here.

  • Arnold Sugar City, ID
    Dec. 10, 2010 7:24 a.m.

    There are so many issues that confront us today where Utah could offer such valuable help. Thank you composers of the Utah compact. Drown out the loud extremists with reason and truth.

  • md Smithfield, UT
    Dec. 10, 2010 6:53 a.m.

    "Local law enforcement should focus on CRIME and not unnecessarily separate families, it says."

    If the immigration is illegal, it is a crime. Duh.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    Dec. 10, 2010 6:09 a.m.

    So their pro-illegal groups are going to copy Utah's? Will they use the word immigrant also, instead of illegal immigration?

    If we are going to solve the illegal immigration problem, the pro-illegal groups are going to have to start saying the word.