Utah group in D.C. urges immigration reform — now

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  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    "happy2bhere" I'll take that question.

    Lobbyists for the amnesty movement are being paid BIG BUCKS to secure cheaper labor for the business movement who welcome illegal trespassers with open arms! Never mind that the real cost of these illegal trespassers is really paid for by the rest of us. Things like WIC, healthcare, education, food stamps, etc. are paid by the LEGAL citizens.

    At first it was just the issue of amnesty for "lower-waged, unskilled workers". When the high-tech companies saw how much money the farmers and homebuilders were saving by paying lobbyists rather than decent wages; the high-tech companies got on the bandwagon also.

    Its' MUCH cheaper to pay a citizen of India 30k per year than to pay the realistic wages prevalent in high tech industries. (Many commenters here have written in with examples of them being laidoff/replaced by a foreign national at one-half to one-third the PREVAILING wage.)

    It really comes down to a scam by unscrupulous/unethical employers to line their pockets at the expense of the American public.

    The issue makes absolutely no sense with our already high unemployment!

    Unfortunately, the lobbyists have mega $$$ to influence Congress!!

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 11:03 a.m.

    Let's see. These folks want skilled labor and farm workers. Kind of two ends of the workforce spectrum. What group do you suppose they want here most? We already have some unemployed workers that could be working in manufacturing jobs. And we must have a whole lot of unemployed agricutlural workers amoung the 11 million undocumented already here. Why do we need more? Let's take from the group already here and needing a job. What is really behind this push for new immigrants?

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Conservatives by whose standard...the liberal John McCain RINO standard? These pro amnesty folks are about as conservative as Stalin, Obama, Putin Mao, and Hatch!

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 6:33 a.m.

    The GOP platform speaks for conservatives.
    I clearly states NO AMNESTY. Do not reward illegal behavior.
    These people going to Washington on this trip claim to be the true conservatives. That's not true.
    Look at who they are. The Chamber, Farm Bureau, manufacturers, politicians...they all have a vested interest in amnesty - cheap labor and pandering to Latino voters.
    Don't let these people tell you they are the true conservatives. They are not! They care only about themselves, not the future of America.

  • American Patriot Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 11:23 p.m.

    Amnesty is an absolutely insane idea at a time when so many American citizens are out of work. In Utah alone there are thousands of veterans out of work yet the business owners could care less about them and would rather hire an illegal for a myriad of reasons. How unjust is that? The veterans go off and fight for this nation and enable the business owners to retain their freedom and their businesses but then would rather hire some illegal. It's not the enemy overseas we should be worried about but the local business owners who are 'stabbing every veteran in the back' that we should be worried about. Not all business owners are doing that but there is a very large coalition of business owners in Utah pressing for amnesty now. Making something 'legal' to accomplish some progressive / socialistic goal does not make it right. Shame on all of you that support amnesty in any form.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 8:01 p.m.

    Remember the 20 million Americans looking for full time work.

    Please stop telling us that there is a skills shortage. It is honesty that is in short supply in America.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 7:43 p.m.

    Yes, we certainly do need immigration reform.

    But, we actually need reforms that focus on border security enforcement, cracking down on those who employ illegals, and those who have broken our laws and are here illegally.

    We do not need, and cannot afford any sort of amnesty, or path to citizenship. There are existing paths to citizenship, and we should welcome all who obey the law and take the legal path, not reward those who break our laws.

    If amnesty is granted then the very real question is- "Why should any U.S. citizen ever obey any law if we do not require everyone to obey all our laws?"