Utah Compact a model for Arizona immigration effort

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  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 9:29 a.m.

    Arizona needs a utah compact like it needs another hole in their collective heads....who writes this stuff!

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    It's sad that such a deceitful document is getting so much media attention in Utah.

    Conceived in the back rooms out of public view, and hidden from the public to avoid input, it is based on core values with their own little twist to promote amnesty and cheap labor.

    Legal and illegal immigrants are not the same thing. If the Compact used the words illegal immigrant instead of immigrant, I wonder how many would sign it?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 6:26 a.m.

    If one were trying to ATTRACT more illegal aliens such a compact would be a good idea. We learned that from the 1986 amnesty program. It didn't fix the problem.
    Only Open Borders advocates would think the Utah Compact was a good idea.
    But it would appeal to pandering politicians who lack the political will to enforce the law.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 27, 2012 12:49 a.m.

    The first principle of the Utah Compact was not followed and was totally rejected last year by the laws passed in Utah. Most Utahns are not in favor of waiting for the US Government to solve the immigration problem. The laws were passed despite the Utah Compact, not because of it.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 3:11 p.m.

    We've played nice before with illegal immigrants. And what did that get us? A bigger illegal immigrant problem.

  • lawenforcementfromAZ Glendale, AZ
    Jan. 26, 2012 11:30 a.m.

    I have lived in Arizona for over 18 years, having left my birth state of California. I am also a retired law enforcement commander from the LA area. That said, here are some interesting tidbits:

    1. I cannot find one of my neighbors or friends that supports the Utah Compact. MapleDon is correct: This document clearly is supported by businesses who want cheap labor, Churches that have lost members and will do anything to for new congregants, and politicans who are looking for votes.
    2. Illegal immigrant crime is rampant, but no one wants to admit it.
    3. Touting compassion by encouraging someone to break current laws is unacceptable and is contrary to our rule of law.
    4. Using illegal immigrants as a political tool is dispicable.
    5. One reason I left California was that I could not find anyone in my local KFC that spoke English. And this was in the Santa Clarita Valley.

    When SB 1070 was passed along with other laws, we did see self-deportation!

    It works.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 9:15 a.m.

    There continue to be those in high office in this state who hope to continue to profit by illegal immigration--and there are three groups that are profiting: churches, some businesses, and the Democratic Party. This is a market these groups want to continue to exploit.

    The rest of us have to bear the consequences and costs of their selfishness, through higher unemployment, lower wages, increased lawlessness, higher taxes and medical expenses, etc.

    Then we get the accusations and name calling from these groups and their propogandistic efforts (like this article) that we're racist, anti-immigration, lack compassion, or want to break up families.

    It bugs me that these groups obviously lack compassion for those wanting to immigrate legally, those businesses that struggle to survive because they only hire legal citizens, those workers who've lost their jobs to substantially lower-paid illegals, and all of us who actually pay the cost of providing welfare to illegals.

    What is most disappointing is that those groups disregard the long-term consequence to our country and society of condoning lawlessness.

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 7:14 a.m.

    I think its the other way around.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 26, 2012 6:25 a.m.

    Interesting, I suppose their immigration law isn't working out that well for Arizona. I have read similar things about the immigration law in Georgia. Farmers there are really hurting.

    We are blessed in Utah to have such a well managed state. Financially and policy wise.

    Jan. 26, 2012 2:19 a.m.

    Arizona has pro-illegal groups, just like Utah that prefer amnesty. That is the Utah compacts purpose. I think people from Utah can figure that out, the combining of legal and illegal immigrant tells us where it came from, and it's purpose.

    Morrison Institute for Public Policy is a liberal think tank that operates out of the University. I don't believe it's results represent all of Arizona.

    Can we please start talking about illegal immigration, and stop trying to confuse the issue by adding legal immigrants into the discussion?

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 25, 2012 11:14 p.m.

    Arizona- Please don't fall for the foolishness that is in the "Utah Compact".

    Amnesty is not the solution and continuing to provide incentives to lawbreakers is not a good policy.

    Simply enforce existing laws, and demand that the feds enforce their laws too.