How penalties for illegal immigration stack up against other crimes

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  • SLars Provo, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 3:14 p.m.

    I just noticed the article claims it's a 20 year penalty for entering the country. That's not true. After staying here illegally they are blocked for 3 years, after a year, 10 years.

    It states both numbers 20 and 10, 10 is the correct number. I don't know where the 20 came from.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Nov. 1, 2012 3:58 a.m.

    The laws punishing those who come here illegally are deterrents. In 1996 in order to get NAFTA passed, laws were made, and we were promised that illegal immigration would stop. Mexico also pledged to stop it on their side, and have failed to live up to their promises. We have seen the out flow of business to Mexico, and it becoming the 13th largest economy in the world. But is America aware that we allow almost 900,000 NAFTA workers here each year on work visas. These visas are beside those already given for agriculture, etc.

    I think we can figure out that the crime separated the family, not the law. The spouse could move to Mexico, that's an easy fix. Besides coming here illegally a person working here commits id theft, social security fraud, and perjury (i-9 form). That would get an American citizen locked up for years.

    With 12 million people here illegally (illegal immigration is up) these deterrents are not working, and we need tougher laws, or end NAFTA. Mexico has 22.7 deaths (homicide) per 1,000. They are close to average. A couple of states in Mexico are higher. Look it up.

  • Casca Orleans, IN
    Oct. 31, 2012 6:42 p.m.

    Each day, each month, each year millions of the unborn are smuggled into America by parents, taking advantage of an archaic law mauled and badly interpreted by the courts. The BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP LAW corrects this massive problem by making it mandatory, that only parents who hold citizenship gain citizenship for their child. The baby is used as an unethical fulcrum so the mother can settle here. It is a financial negative that is costing each state huge red ink deficits in their general fund.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 31, 2012 3:17 p.m.

    This is truly an amazing article! A newspaper actually admits illegal immigration is crimina;! What a breakthrough!

    As for the Barbours, there are consequences for breaking the law.

    If the punishments are harsher than sex trafficing, then the sex trafficing penalties need to be increased

  • Hawkeye79 Iowa City, IA
    Oct. 31, 2012 1:16 p.m.

    The key problem of Mercedes' article is that by comparing only the length of punishments, it fails to take into account the severity of what the actual punishments are.

    Those who violate our nation's immigration laws are punished in a way that prevents them from benefiting from their illegal act. They are removed from the country, sent back to their home country and prevented from returning for a period of time, during which they are free to pursue life's opportunities in their home country.

    Compare that to someone who commits another crime and is locked up in a cell for 5.8 years, during which time their freedoms are severely restricted.

    How is spending 10 years living a normal life in your home country more severe than spending 5.8 years locked up in a prison?