With judge's decision, what's next for immigration reform in Utah?

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  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    June 20, 2014 2:31 p.m.

    When we consider enforcement of existing laws "vengeance" then we are lost indeed.
    Look at what happens when our laws are ignored. ONE THIRD of all foreign-born are here illegally.
    Magnets have been put in place that attract unaccompanied children to the border with heartbreaking results.
    And somehow those of us calling for enforcement of the law are considered the bad guys in all of this.
    I just don't get it.

  • Ajax Mapleton, UT
    June 20, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    I and most Americans believe that as a nation of laws that encourages respect for one another, a compassionate approach with a path to citizenship for certain of the undocumented would only make us stronger. The idea that somehow vengeance is necessary seems to me highly inappropriate.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    June 20, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    The repeated references to a broken immigration system show the agenda in the article. How is the immigration system broken - other than it is not enforced so that people who are trying to immigrate legally wait for years for their turn and those who ignore our laws are allowed to effectively jump to the head of the line. We have fewer American citizens working today then we did 6 years ago, but we have 10+ million aliens who are here in violation of US law who are working. Many say there are jobs that Americans will not do, but that is not accurate. There are jobs Americans will not do at the wage that unscrupulous business owners can hire someone who is not legally in the country.

    To fix the "broken" immigration system - just enforce the law. Yes, it will be hard, but the waves of children being sent into the country show that our lack of enforcement is merely exacerbating the problem. If we really need foreign workers, let's get the ones who are abiding by our laws and going through proper channels. Not those who violate our laws and either work off the books or engage in identity theft.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    June 19, 2014 10:53 p.m.

    "But the judge wrote that police cannot prolong a stop or detention "merely to confirm a person’s immigration status."

    A citizen can be stopped on reasonable suspicion, asked for ID, and detained for 48 hours until their identity is established.

    What the law allows is more important. HB 497 also bans sanctuary legislation or policies. It prevents non citizens from claiming they are lawfully present. They can still make arrests for trafficking and criminal activity. People detained here can be transported to any ICE facility, ending catch and release in some facilities.

    HB 497 has a provision that requires state and local agencies to verify alien eligibility for all public benefits and professional licenses. It was not stopped and becomes law.

    The judge ruled that immigration enforcement is not all Federal, and is encouraged by current Federal law. Local cities have the right to make e-verify mandatory, and stop renting to people here illegally, with fines. Since the Supreme court ruled that e-verify and renting were local issues, Obama can't mess it up.