U.S. Chamber makes immigration overhaul top priority

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  • Ronald Mortensen Bountiful, Utah
    Jan. 12, 2013 4:36 a.m.

    What Mr. Donohue doesn't say is that Chamber support for a pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens will include a guarantee that 1) the illegal aliens are never turned over to law enforcement for prosecution when it is discovered that they have committed felony document/Social Security fraud and identity theft which impacts an estimated 50,000 Utah children and 2) that employers who have hired illegal aliens, avoided payroll taxes and violated other federal and state laws will be granted full amnesty from their crimes.

    Both of these provisions have been included in previous "comprehensive" immigration bills.

    In addition, previous bills have also included a $10,000 fine for any federal employee who turns an illegal alien or an employer over to law enforcement when it is discovered that they have committed employment related felonies. This is designed to ensure that both employers and illegal aliens have full amnesty from felonies committed.

  • watchman Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 7:08 p.m.

    Who can argue with: "Donohue said any legislation should include increased border security, provisional visas for lesser-skilled workers and expansion of green cards for foreign nationals who receive advanced degrees from U.S. colleges and universities. He also favors a national employee verification system, which has been a contentious issue in the debate."

    But, I fear there is a vast misunderstanding on Dobnohue's statement that, "there should be a way to citizenship for undocumented immigrants".

    While there already is a way to seek citizenship but that requires them to return to their home countries to start the process. That is the legal way and I might ask, "why is there this idea that we should reward lawbreaking by allowing those that broke our laws to apply for citizenship while here and still breaking the law?"

    That is where so many citizens and many, many of our more principled leaders disagree with the Chamber.

    It is so difficult to see why the Chamber wants to give a slap in the face to the many naturalized citizens and those that are in process to do this thing legally.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    citizenship for intentional lawbreakers? I think not.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 9:41 p.m.

    Legal immigration and secure borders, yes!

    Amnesty- NEVER! That is a slap in the face of every legal immigrant and every citizen who are required to play by the rules and obey the laws.

    The "Chamber" speaks for a very narrow spectrum of people with very greedy, self-serving goals, not the good of our country as their priority.