Survey: majorities of most faiths favor path to citizenship, want to keep families together

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  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    RE: Tators

    You and everyone else who keeps referring to this "legal process" or "waiting line" to become US Citizens are very naive. True, people from Mexico can apply and wait twenty years to get a greencard, IF they have a family member making enough money to SPONSOR them. But, the majority of undocumented people in the US have no other way to come here than to break in. They are not simply choosing the illegal route to "save time," as you say. Go to the USCIS website and try to find a way for someone to come here who's not a millionaire, well-financed student, etc. Not that this changes your Republican/libertarian minds. I just wanted your rude opinions to be better informed.

  • Bill Shakespeare Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2013 11:54 a.m.

    RE: Prelax

    " Obama has already gave family members waivers."

    I really think it's important that you people assimilate to the United States and learn our English language.

    March 24, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    Biggest complaints for the huge majority of the illegal--not the severely criminal or terrorist--immigrant: (1) the jobs they take away from citizens (2) their breaking of the law (3)their negative impact on the economy (4) the money they send out of the country. #1 needs a bit of questioning: do they take jobs, or because they're here, add the need for more services? #2--do any of the ideas for 'punishing' the 'criminal' really fit the nature and severity of the crime? #3 is questionable on its face--more worker/spenders, the more stable the economy (4) that's the biggest in my humble opinion, and also the most ignored. Why don't we impose HUGE excise taxes on illegals to keep most of the money here? No one's ever even proposed that.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    March 23, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    For generations, one side of the Republican Party has gone out of its way to make sure companies who hire illegal immigrants have penalties that are little more than a slap on the wrist. They want that source of cheap of labor. Meanwhile, another wing is using immigration as a "wedge issue" to drum up electoral support from angry and frightened whites. Isn't it time to set this aside and come up with a workable system?

  • sally Kearns, UT
    March 23, 2013 9:37 a.m.

    Why do so few report that the illegals have left their elderly, ill and disabled back in their home country to figure out how to survive. Is that keeping their families together? Those who come to America use the family example of staying together so that they can also have their extended families join them for the freebies here. Why can't they make a living in their home country? We are too generous with them. They come here, steal identities and every other freebie they can get. They need to be shipped back to their home country to join their elderly, ill and disabled, so they can be a whole family. Many do not want citizenship, just money to send back to their family in their home country.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 23, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    "The majority of all Americans want deportation according to Reuters. "

    There are knee-jerk reactions and then there are common sense approaches.

    Most reasonable people would make a distinction between a 19 year old guy who came across the border last year to pick lettuce and a guy who came 30 years ago at 19, now owns a house, cars a business and has a family.

    This is the guy you want to deport? You want to deport 11 million people? Seriously? That makes sense to some?

    The first step is to make HUGE, likely enforced penalties for hiring an illegal worker. Even to work in your yard. Give Walmart the tools to police themselves and then hit them hard when they violate the law.

    If jobs are not available in the US, a fence is not needed.

  • @Charles not from utah, 00
    March 22, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    @Fitness Freak: Spot on!!

    The only people who are making the decision to separate the families are the families. What ever happened to taking responsibility for our choices?

    Identity theft is just the tip of the iceberg.

    What stuns me is that some of these illegals are ordained as bishop's in the LDS church. I have a very difficult time wrapping my arms around that one.

  • prelax Murray, UT
    March 22, 2013 6:06 p.m.

    The argument of family is irrelevant, as Obama has already gave family members waivers.

    "The purpose of American immigration laws and policies is not to be either humane or inhumane to illegal immigrants. The purpose of immigration laws and policies is to serve the national interest of this country. There is no inherent right to come live in the United States, in disregard of whether the American people want you here. Nor does the passage of time confer any such right retroactively."--Thomas Sowell

    The majority of all Americans want deportation according to Reuters.

    Churches need to stop backing dishonest business and their use of cheap labor. Their war against America's workers and poor needs to stop.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    March 22, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    Republicans are starting to cave in against past platform principles for political expediency. It's rather sad that they are selling out for votes.
    One of the worst side effects of offering amnesty is that it will very much encourage other wanna-be immigrants to skip the legal process and save time by just sneaking across the border, just like the illegals this article is talking about. In time, all gets forgiven by soft hearted Americans, who are actually just all biding for the Hispanic vote.
    Seriously, why are we building border fences if we are just going to allow anyone who sneaks in to have citizenship anyway? It makes no sense. The fence is built to stand for law, but those who sneak around the fence are becoming exempt from the law. No sense at all.
    Rule of Law should stand for something. In this case, it apparently stands for, "just forget about our long-standing laws and give me your votes". In essence we are selling our American way of life to anyone, especially illegals, who will give their votes.

  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    March 22, 2013 4:01 p.m.

    I hope the value of being honest are the values you are talking about.

    Identity theft is not a virtue.

    Welcome to all immigrants that come in the front door.

    I am a first generation American.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2013 2:56 p.m.

    Agreed. Keep the family together. Return to your homeland, get in line (like everyone is supposed to).

    We'll let you know when its your turn. Just hope that no one else butts in line in front of you like you did to the ones STILL waiting their turn.

    "cjb" If you mean I should teach my family the "value" of breaking the law - then no, I'm not interested in teaching them those "family values".

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 22, 2013 1:28 p.m.

    Here is a chance for Republicans to prove that they really are the party of family values.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    March 22, 2013 11:27 a.m.

    Faiths favor path to citizenship...

    Another prime example of why "separation of Church and State" are so essential.

  • muddledthoughts Spokane, WA
    March 22, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    That's almost a good analogy, but the banks are the ones stealing from America and Americans.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 22, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    @Chris B
    ...but only if they are robbing banks Americans won't rob.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 22, 2013 8:24 a.m.

    We should also create a way for bank robbers to keep the money they steal, like if they join the military or go to college. Then they should be able to keep what they've stolen.

    Brilliant idea.