Utah's immigration law should go into effect, A.G. argues

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  • Jhawker13 Kearns, UT
    Aug. 19, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    Seems to me that criminal suspects jailed for felonies, or class A,B, or C misdemeanors should have a complete background check. It's only prudent that that check include citizenship status. I believe HB497 is a much sounder bill than Arizona's SB1070. HB497 doesn't include undue scrutiny of anyone in regard to race. Simply applying for a job isn't illegal for illegal immigrants. Working without a work permit is, and that law should be enforced. Stealing another's identity to work is a most dastardly act. Great harm could be done to the real owner of the ID no matter how benign the thief acts. Laws protecting us from these villains are already on the books but rarely enforced. HB497 basically is a tool to identify a suspect that is incarcerated for a crime. Why would anyone protest a law like that?

  • watchman Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 18, 2012 8:17 a.m.

    As long as we refrain from enforcing immigration law we will continue to experience more problems with bloated costs in our social programs and education, eroding the quality of our neighborhoods, child identity theft and illegal competition in the job market.

    Right. Utah's law is absolutely needed, and must be enforced.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 17, 2012 11:16 p.m.

    One can argue endlessly for or against the wisdom of the Utah law.

    However, no one can honestly say that the federal government is seriously attempting to enforce long-standing federal immigration laws.

    That leaves only the choice between ignoring the existing federal laws, or not.

    Those who argue in favor of ignoring federal laws, and not having any state back up to enforce identical provisions, can only be described as seeking anarchy. They may claim it is "human rights" or "for the children" or "to do jobs Americans won't do." But, it is simply destroying respect and obedience to any and all federal laws.

    Will these same critics support, defend and conceal me if I don't pay income taxes, or rob a bank? Why not, they are only federal laws?

    Conversely, those who seek enforcement of federal immigration laws have taken the unusual last ditch measure of passing nearly identical state laws to try to enforce our borders, even if the federal government has deliberately abrogated their solemn responsibility to do so.

    Yes, Utah's law is absolutely needed, and must be enforced.

    If not, we are free to ignore all federal laws!