Utah Latinos praise Obama immigration proposal, Hatch denounces it

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  • Watch Dog Provo, UT
    Jan. 16, 2012 11:03 p.m.

    What about our unemployed citizens? They obviously don't count any more. One other thing, these families can take their family with them! Nobody is forcing them to split up their family.

    What sort of parent would put their kids in this predicament anyway? Sheesh! If they would risk their family this way, should we really get in their way?

  • Kathleen3 WARMINSTER, PA
    Jan. 9, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    Senator Hatch may denounce Obama, Napolitano, Morton, and Perez for violating immigration law. Obviously he is unaware of the fact that millions of Americans denounce 99.9% of those in Congress, including Hatch, who by the failure to impeach and recall those in this administration blatantly violating our laws are complicit in the crimes they are committing.

  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    Jan. 8, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    Immigration laws? "We don't need no stinkin' immigration laws.." Pancho Villa's famous remarks seem to echo in the comments of today's "latino" community leaders. And with Obama handing out waivers left and right... not only on Obamacare.. but on immigration waiting periods, our society's respect for the rule of law suffers more blows.

  • Immifriend Sandy, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 11:54 p.m.

    If I have it correctly, then, here's what has happened: Currently, a person who is illegally here often is required to return to their home country. The catch is, if they have been illegal for six months, they then must remain in their home country for 3 years before they can come back to the U.S. And, if they have been illegally in the U.S. for a year, they then must wait 10 years before being allowed back in the U.S. There is a way around the 3- and 10-year waits, however. One can get a waiver. There were about 23,000 waivers applied for last year and about 17,000 of them were granted. Now, with this new Obama Administation policy, they will not need to go back to their home country to get the waiver. So, will their be a big impact? If 17,000 of 23,000 are already being allowed to return to the U.S. without the 3- and 10-year waits, it would not seem so. -- John Jackson

  • Immifriend Sandy, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 1:38 p.m.

    Is a great thing for the process to be streamlined, and great that more immigrants will be legal. Those are certainly good things, as Rep. Herrod recognizes.
    Wish I knew the laws upon which this new policy is based. I fear, though, that Sen. Hatch is right. One of the great things about the Constitution is that it provides separation of powers, with Congress creating laws and the executive branch only implementing them. I hope there was good basis for this move, but fear there wasn't.
    Bless Obama for wanting to fix the problem and here's hoping the new process has legal basis.
    -- John Jackson

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 11:39 a.m.

    Don't I remember that Hatch was a staunch supporter of amnesty under Reagan?

    Or am I becoming senile like Orrin?

  • UTAH Bill Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2012 7:08 a.m.

    Once again Hatch flip-flops to try and save himself. Tell us, Senator Hatch, why did you support amnesty before and not now?