Only 7 percent of deportation cases win reprieve

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    June 14, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    Being illegally in the country is being here illegally, no matter how a person was brought here. There is a way for them to get straight with the law. It's their responsibility, just like the responsibilities we put on American children at 18.

    Do we let the children of bank robbers keep the money their parents stole?

    Government enforces the laws, compassion comes from the individual. They have a way to get straight with the law, if they don't, they don't have my compassion, since they refused to follow the laws once they became adults.

    If American children break the law at 18 or older, they are subject to laws of the land also.

  • Hammi Huntington Beach, CA
    June 13, 2012 11:29 p.m.

    So let me get this straight; someone that was brought here at, let's say 5 years old, turns 16 years old and finds out he's illegal when asking for his social security number is expected to pay his dues for the wrong he committed? What wrong did he commit? It is so weak to say the government is up to the punishment. It is a weak way out of a hard situation to say let the government punish, forgiveness is by the individual. They broke no law, their parents did. Help these kids out. That is what Pilate did; he knew what was right, yet didn't do it but let government and the populous "decide the punishment". We know it's right to forgive. Some of these immigrants came here through no fault of their own and we should help their situation. Yes it is in the law to punish, but we can change that law. This may sound cliché, but just think about what Jesus would do with these youth.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    June 13, 2012 5:11 p.m.


    Forgiveness doesn't mean we have to ignore the lawbreaking. They can pay their dues for what they did wrong, then forgiveness comes into the picture. Punishment is up to the government, forgiveness the individual.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    June 13, 2012 5:06 p.m.

    Andy, it's not just overstaying a visa, it's a all the other laws they break. It's a lifetime of lies and crime. And the place they take from legal immigrants. If they can't obey the laws of the land, they don't belong here.

    Letting people stay over others that are just as guilty is not fair in Gods world. How could a Christian believe in unequal prosecution based on who the person is.

    Children brought here illegally can return home between 18 and 18.5 and come back on student visas. It took my neighbor 2 months. It's a shame we let them return to be with their illegal parents, and that we don't just deport the family.

  • Hammi Huntington Beach, CA
    June 13, 2012 12:15 p.m.

    There is no reason why any faithful member of any Christian denomination would be against prosecutorial discretion. Forgiving people who have broken laws is the basic saving doctrine of any Christ based faith. While there are those who continually break the law (illegal immigrant and U.S. Citizen alike), there are also those who came to this country at a very young age without a choice. They HAVE become tax paying, productive members of not only society but also tithe paying members of their churches. Let these people stay and live their lives and be happy. It is the utmost despicable display of hypocrisy to withhold forgiveness when we ourselves seek it. Reminds me of Matthew 18:23-35.

  • Andy Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 13, 2012 9:46 a.m.

    Sean Young must be one of the best immigration attorneys in the state to have so many high-profile cases.

    On another note, it seems ridiculous to me to deport people who have grown up in this country and who are not criminals (I don't consider overstaying a visa any more criminal than a speeding ticket) who only know the US and who are productive members of society. This is the one area where I seriously differ with the Republican party.

    Capitalism needs new consumers. It is needlessly inhumane to deport productive people from among us. Grow the demand and the size of the pie through amnesty.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    June 13, 2012 6:26 a.m.

    If you want to see lack of results, look at how many illegal aliens actually obey their initial deportation order. They call them "run letters." That ought to be a clue.
    Back in 2008 they called for these fugitives to turn themselves in. In exchange they would be given six months to tie up their affairs and no prosecution. They called it Operation: Scheduled Departure.
    Out of nearly 600,000 illegal aliens on the run, only eight people came forward.
    We need not review these cases again. It was an Obama ploy to placate through executive order.