Sen. Hatch: Passage of 'Gang of Eight' immigration reform bill requires 'real leadership'

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  • realtorjoj Orem, UT
    May 3, 2013 2:55 p.m.

    "Me and my colleagues . . ."? Are you joking? Is it now politically correct to speak as if illiterate and uneducated?

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    He could filibuster this like the gun bill.

  • HS Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2013 2:01 p.m.

    Real leadership? Where's that going to come from?

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    May 2, 2013 1:06 p.m.

    I wouldn't call this bill "leadership."
    You won't fix anything by rewarding unlawful behavior; you'll just encourage more illegal aliens.
    What is needed is enforcement, and the political will to say NO to those who have violated our laws.
    Some possible reforms might include:
    *Making unlawful presence a felony.
    *New laws about aggravated identity theft.
    *Mandatory E-Verify.
    *Skills-based immigration standards.
    *Real funding for border fencing and detention beds.
    *Withdrawing Homeland Security funds from sanctuary cities.
    *No-match letters with an enforcement component.
    Instead, these "leaders" give us a bill that seeks to benefit those who have already broken our laws. That's not leadership, Mr. Hatch.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    May 2, 2013 8:33 a.m.

    Senator Hatch, the goal is not to "pass the bill" but to "fix the problem."

    For 36 years you have gotten along nicely with your "friends across the aisle" and they have bamboozled you every step of the way. You are old enough to remember the Simpson-Mazola bill which was supposed to fix immigration. You got snookered by the Democrats then, and they are betting you are gullible enough to fall for their false promises again.

    Go ahead and try to "improve the bill" but have the moral courage to refuse to vote for the bill (or cloture!) if the bill is not a real solution.

    Sen. Marco Rubio is a bold leader on this issue, and I think he can be trusted to oppose the bill if it is a bad one. I am sure Sen. Mike Lee will also. Senator Hatch, will probably cave.

    We missed our chance in 2012 to replace him with someone young and energetic enough to fight hard on the tough issues, not sit back and "pass bills."

    Secure the border before anyone even considers amnesty, under whatever euphemism it is proposed.