State immigration laws may never be constitutional

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  • Trooper55 Williams, AZ
    May 18, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    I am all for sending the illegals back to were they come from. If the feds don't want to do their job, then leave the state do it for them. I believe that if you are here illegally, then they get no free pass, deport them and leave them come back the legal way. Giving them free pass has only created a big problem this time. When States passes law it such do so were they aren't given free passes, but must leave the country and enter through the right way. If they stay then they should suffer the price deportation and jail time if necessary.

    May 16, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    "Despite those refinements, the bottom line remains the same, legal scholars say. Immigration is enforced by the federal government, and any state attempting to tell the federal government how to enforce immigration laws is stepping into potentially unconstitutional territory."

    Big difference between the federal government taking the law to court, which they did not, and the ACLU.

    According to your experts the the Utah compact is completely out of line. Watching the media come out against enforcement, but approve guest workers makes me question the validity of the national press on many issues.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 14, 2011 9:51 a.m.

    Your constitutional scholars are hand-picked by the AP to show a one-sided view of this issue. Why didn't they quote IRLI or Judicial Watch law experts who represent the other side of this issue?
    Fifteen years ago federal legislation was passed INVITING local law enforcement to assist in immigration enforcement. No, city cops cannot deport people...but they CAN assist in identifying and detaining them.
    Programs like 287g, CAP and Secure Communities rely on local involvement. Homeland Security's LESC exists for the sole purpose of helping local agencies ID illegal alients. By law, the feds MUST provide immigration status to local police on request.
    And the constitutionality of Inherent Authority to inquire and detain have been verified by the US Attorney General.
    In short, your constitutional scholars are biased and wrong.
    Now, if a state wants to run their own guest worker program...THAT could be a problem.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    May 13, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    So why does the state have the right to my identity when I get pulled over?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 13, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    BCS said: "and learn to speak English, because it is our national language."

    It is, when did I miss that legislation?

    DF: You want to change the constitution? Conservative are soooo inconsistent???

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    May 13, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    Utah better do this then.

    Absolutely no "Sanctuary Cities." NO AMNESTY. Go home. If you come back, come back legally, and learn to speak English, because it is our national language. (U.S. English has consistently given that their "A in English" award.)

    That's STILL my views.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    May 13, 2011 1:13 p.m.

    All we need is 2/3 of the states on board to convene a Constitutional Convention and matters such as immigration and healthcare can be put to rest. How many states are obviously fed up with the way the Federal Govt is acting? 5? 10? 20? It only takes 33.