Some are overlooked in US immigration overhaul

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  • RichardB Murray, UT
    April 28, 2013 9:02 p.m.

    Those who lost jobs to illegal labor and had to move away from family were left out. People who had ids stolen were left out, same with the adults and children who had their social security number stolen. Left out was the taxpayers, that will have to subsidize the biggest immigration and visa program ever seen.

    I see a flood of people claiming to be eligible flooding our courts, until government gives in like they did in the 90's rolling amnesties.

    Only business and the people who come here illegally will profit. This time in history, immigration is a pox upon the land. We need lower numbers that match our economy.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    April 28, 2013 6:52 p.m.

    Pardon me, AP; your bias is showing.

    Note that when they quote the source from the Center for Immigration Studies, they add the descriptive statement, “who supports restrictive policies.”

    Yet when they quote the source from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, there is no warning about that group’s position.

    Why is that?

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2013 5:25 p.m.

    The headline has it sort of right.

    The "some" that are overlooked are us LEGAL citizens who get stuck with the bill for the giveaways to illegal trespassers.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    April 28, 2013 4:12 p.m.

    If Congress passes this bill is will terribly expensive for all of us legal Americans that will be paying for it.

    Without going detail, there is a LOT in the bill that will be expensive. Social costs, including Obamacare for 25 million new low income individuals is just one of the major expenses.

    Those LEGAL Americans living in other parts of the U.S. should email or call their Congress and Senators to ask them why they don't protect the interests of legal Americans first, before the "freebies" to illegal trespassers.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    "With net immigration from Mexico near zero, the number who came to the U.S. since January 2012 is believed to be relatively small, possibly a few hundred thousand."


    I **love** the very slippery terminology used here.

    First, let's start with the term "net immigration". One doesn't know if we're talking about legal or illegal immigration. Though, since the rest of the article references strictly immigration of the illegal sort, let's presume that is what is meant.

    Next, let's focus on the terms "near zero" and "relatively small", that are concluded with a more concrete term of "a few **hundred thousand**". If we were to use the typical interpretation of "a few" as being at least three, then the likely meaning of "net immigration" is **at least** 300,000 people entered the country **illegally** since 01/2012.

    At that rate, we'd **double** the current number of 11-12 Million illegal immigrants in about the same amount of time it took to accumulate the current total after the last big amnesty push during Reagan's term, in 1986.

    When put in those terms, that doesn't seem like a "relatively small" number at all.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    April 28, 2013 2:00 p.m.

    One of the deported persons in th this story was convicted of grand theft auto and claims he's just a beach boy doing American things. Hardly! Then admits he's considering paying big bucks to illegally buy some American's identity,with no regard for the hell that he will make of their life. Is this story supposed to make us pity these illegal aliens? If so, it's not working. If anything, the proposed legislation is still too inclusive. It's still allowing too many questionable illegal immigrants to stay in somewhat rewarding and almost encouraging illegal behavior.

    April 28, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    The border will not be strengthened. "High priority" areas will get all the money, leaving most of the border unprotected. E-verify stops when the bill is signed. It's replacement will start up in several years. There is no enforcement in the bill.

    It's going to flood us with 11-18 "legalized residents" 2-3 million more work visas, including one that allows any business to hire a foreign citizen if they feel Americans can't do the job (w visa). Under Reagan, it was suppose to be 1 million, but ended up as 3 million. From these stories you can see that once the gate is open, it will never be stopped, we could end up with 20-30 million. America has been sold out.

  • hamaca Baton Rouge, LA
    April 28, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    If illegal immigration has slowed to a trickle, I've gotta wonder whether that's due to the poor economy or due to the Obama administration deporting so many (or both).

    Regardless, there has to be a solution between the extreme views of the bleeding heart liberals and the hard core right-wing "deport 'em all" crowd, neither of which are grounded in reality.

    I'm beginning to lean toward a solution that includes two principles: a) absolutely no path to citizenship for anyone who came here in violation of our immigration laws regardless of age and b) a simple path to legal resident status for those who have been here enough time that they and/or their children are integrated into society, are not a drain on entitlement programs, and have no criminal record.