Immigration reform a quiet but powerful force in the room during President Obama's State of the Union

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  • MCFergy Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 19, 2013 11:03 p.m.

    23 Million Americans are out of work, Congressional "Auto-Pilot Immigration" admits 1.2 Million legal immigrants annually and the White House is pushing an amnesty? Pre 1990 immigration numbers were spread realitively even across the board of participating countries until the explosion in the 93's of illegal immigrants from Mexico and South America. Now the White House is pressing for amnesty for those individuals. Where is the diversification in this unbalanced picture?

    23 Million Jobless Americans, a shrunken American workforce, underemployed Americans, teen unemployment at an all time high and college graduates unable to put their skills to trial because there are no jobs; and the White House is pushing amnesty and immigration policy that will throw unfair competition in both high and lower skilled jobs?

    Over the past four years President Obama has touted "fairness" until our ears bled. Where is the "fairness" in the White House's immigration proposals. Where is the diversity of nationalities? Perhaps President Obama should have keyed on our economy the first two-years of his riegn instead of campaigning for his signature "ObamaCare." Perhaps he should get around to "American Jobs" sometime in his eight learning years?

  • Bryan Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    I don't know why the Tea Party Caucus chose Rand Paul to rebut the President's address. Paul's stance on immigration is counter to that of the Tea Party. There is no need to "give up" and offer an amnesty to the illegal aliens that are already in the country. To do so would have negative consequences for this nation.

    Despite what the naysayers believe, it would not be that difficult to significantly reduce the number of illegal aliens in the country. Illegals are here because we allow them to be. If local law enforcement officers - who come across illegal aliens all the time during the course of their duties - were allowed to apprehend illegals and turn them over to ICE for deportation, the number of illegals who would self deport would increase dramatically. Additionally, if businesses were punished (perhaps by a suspension of their business license?) for knowingly hiring illegals, the very reason for the illegals to be here would disappear. It wouldn't solve the problem completely, but would go a long way to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 12:31 p.m.

    Depending on who's poll you use 60-80% of Americans are against any sort of amnesty for illegal trespassers. The percentages go to the high side if respondents are asked anything regarding legal Americans being out of work.

    The Republicans, Rubio in particular have made themselves a great strategic error in trying to beat the Democrats at the amnesty "game". No matter WHAT they try to do vis-a-vis immigration - Obama will take credit for it.

    Republicans (mostly RINO's) became convinced by the Democrats that they lost the Presidential election by being mean to illegal trespassers. Obama won the election because he PROMISED them more freebies. It doesn't matter that WE ALL get to pay for those freebies. Obama democrats get the credit.

    Rubio has indicated that his bipartisan immigration reform sponsorship is off the table without the enforcement component.

    Lets hope he stays true to his word because IF this 20 million gets amnesty you can bet there will be another 20 million following them through a porous southern border.

    Obama hasn't effectively enforced immigration laws up to now. Why would we want to enforce a new law?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 12:23 p.m.

    You might also read Mark Krikorian's, The New Case Against Immigration.
    Perhaps LJGHERE has some magical way to stem the flow of third world immigrants into our country. Surely rewarding trespassers with work permits is not among them.
    Or perhaps he is an advocate of open borders.

    Feb. 13, 2013 11:37 a.m.

    Let’s face it, this immigration thing is a 20th century issue that has slopped over into the 21st century. The time has come to finally resolve it in an intelligent fashion, as three-fourths of Americans favor and Obama will confront head-on. An interesting new worldwide book/ebook by ex-Salt Laker Lance Johnson that helps explain the role, struggles, and contributions of immigrants and minorities is "What Foreigners Need To Know About America From A To Z: How to understand crazy American culture, people, government, business, language and more.” It paints a revealing picture of America for those who will benefit from a better understanding. Here’s a closing quote from the book’s Intro: “With all of our cultural differences though, you’ll be surprised to learn how much our countries—and we as human beings—have in common on this little third rock from the sun. After all, the song played at our Disneyland parks around the world is ‘It’s A Small World After All.’ Peace.”

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Illegal immigrants are crimnals and should be treated as crimnals, not thanked for breaking the law and given the very thing they broke the law for.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 13, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    The devil is in the details, and that's why Obama (and Rubio as well) are loathe to give details.
    Obama omitted the "family unification" phrase last night and focused on skills-based immigration. That would be a nice change if he really meant to stop chain migration.

    He spoke in vague terms about streamlining, which would require higher numbers of green cards, something that is rather foolhardy in our times of unemployment.

    And the record will show that Obama's so-called success in enforcement is coupled with non-enforcement of existing laws with a patchwork of executive orders and curtailing local enforcement partnerships.

    Even his deportation data is erroneous.