Bramble unveils 'Utah Compact' comprehensive illegal immigration bill

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  • Mc West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    I would only favor a guest worker program for people who apply for it from their native country. Make it real easy and cheap for people to get from their homeland and fast track those who speak English, have legal relatives in the US, or have an employer that will sponsor them. Increase the number of work permits (green cards) given out, make it enough to cover all the illegals we have living here now, but they have to go home to get it. Take those who have been waiting legally first.

    Meanwhile, put stiffer penalties on businesses that hire illegals and pass everything else you can to make it hard to be here illegally.

    Illegals that are here would head home to apply for the guest worker permit. Knowing it won't take long or cost too much will be an incentive. When they come back legally, they will receive the same wages an American would and pay taxes, drive legally and have insurance, and be out of the shadows. They would not be citizens with voting rights, but they would be legal.

    Right now it is too hard to come legally and too easy to stay illegally.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 11:55 a.m.

    What happened to the bill to revoke the drivers privilege cards? Was Sen. Brambles claim that it allowed them to buy insurance just a smoke screen for his pro-illegal beliefs?

    We know people can buy insurance without the DPC, now it seems he is out of the shadows on his true intentions.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    He knows the guest worker part is unconstitutional. Federal law requires a visa or guest worker take a job that no one locally is trained or able to do.

    That means his bill will never go into effect. With the clause in his bill killing all the other bills, this will stop any immigration enforcement this year.

    I pray for Utah, we are being sold out by our legislature to business interests that care nothing about the American worker.

  • What To Do Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 8:26 a.m.

    I am typically not a fan of Sen. Curt Bramble but if what I am reading and hearing on the news is correct, all I can say is it is about time. I think this is great news. We have for too long only considered punshment for immigration. While I would like to know more, I support his efforts to bring some humanity to this discussion. It is time to stop the hate, and the cast them all out at all costs. We need to remember that most of us had family members who did much the same thing many years ago. I look forward with hope to this bill.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 6:09 a.m.

    Unless a bill is comprehensive it takes into account only part of the situation. It ignores the harm that would happen to our Utah businesses. The harm we are doing to families. The harm to people who have rentals and then can't rent them. The harm done to children whose parents took them to this country.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    Feb. 24, 2011 5:51 a.m.

    Bramble's bill is available on the senate site. It has some very disturbing parts to it, including canceling all other immigration bills passed this year.

    We should be paying back Utah's legal workers for the jobs and work stolen from them, instead of violating their constitutional rights.

    Feb. 24, 2011 2:21 a.m.

    Sen. Curtis Brambles bill SB288, is a wolf in sheep clothing. He is obviously a open border advocate. His bill contains a supremacy clause that will kill all other immigration laws passed this year, if his bill is approved.

  • Halach Huinic Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    Senator Bramble's early efforts in developing a "Utah Compact" comprehensive illegal immigration bill are emerging as the mature choice, with prospects of becoming a credit rather than a liability to our state.

  • On the other hand Spanish Fork, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    @C. Darwin, in general I agree with you. Regarding Bramble's bill in particular, if a recent Deseret News poll (Dennis Romboy, "Utahns favor guest-worker bill letting illegals stay", 2/20/2011) can be believed, 71% of Utahns support something along these lines. (Apparently, most of the DN commenters fall under the other 29%.)

    I applaud Bramble for proposing something that most Utahns can rally around. If Herrod, Sandstrom, Wimmer, and others would follow suit, I'd be much more inclined to believe that our elected representatives actually represented us. Unfortunately, I get the impression that the Eagle Forum and the John Birch Society are pulling a lot of the strings this year, to the detriment of the average Utahn.

    Feb. 23, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    A non enforcement bill that keeps things the way they are now.

  • C. Darwin Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Sad day in Utah when legislators dance to their own tune and disreguard the cry of the citizens. The legislature is broken and needs a total overhaul to represent the citizens.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:26 p.m.

    More "guest worker" hoopla? This concept hardly addresses the issues. Why would anyone sign up for a "guest worker" permit when they could continue to work with stolen identities or work for cash without worrying about re-application fees?

    The guys hanging out on 500 West and 300 South in the morning won't be applying for the "guest worker" program.

    Enough with the jokes, folks, and get something real! Only Sandstrom's bill deals with the real issue so far.

  • Proud to be American West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    This is unbelievable! We want illegals out of our state. I don't care how much it costs us to get them out of here, and I certainly do not care about putting illegals above current Federal Law.

    Get these people out of Utah and out of the U.S.A. immediately!

  • OneMadGuy Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    So is this the Sen. Curt Bramble who is responsible for Utah's illegal alien 'driving privilege card'? (rhetorical question).

    I'm waiting breathlessly to see what Sen. Bramble's version of a 'comprehensive illegal immigration bill' will be, but this much I know.

    The legal citizens of Utah are tired of paying for all this illegal alien stuff and they aren't going to wait any longer.

    If our elected officials think we aren't watching they are mistaken. We are watching and we want the will of the electorate carried out.

    If the libs/government expects citizens to respect the rule of law and they don't expect illegal aliens to do the same, there is a real disconnect.

    Call and email your elected representatives. Let them know how you want them to vote. Silence now will only compound the problem for years to come.

    History is ours for the making.

  • CJ Murray, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 6:37 p.m.

    We aren't buying amnesty in any way, shape, or form so give it up. The last amnesty created the current problem. They don't deserve amnesty and Utahns should fill the jobs they are currently holding down.

  • Right or Wrong Happy Valley, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    A do nothing bill for the problems we face. Nothing is solved.

    1) Nothing to discourage more illegal immigration.

    2) A slap in the face for all those that do things the right way, we would be telling all illegals to come here, WHY?

    3) Is this really what our representatives think we want as Utahn's?

    I as one say stop insanity, now! Stop illegal immigration, don't encourage it!

  • Considering Stockton, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:12 p.m.

    Sorry but even if the law did not provide amnesty, we cannot wait another 2 years for enforcement to pick up.