How these three Utah attorneys are advocating for asylum-seekers

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  • Bonnnie Rainier, WA
    March 5, 2019 11:05 a.m.

    Thank you for taking time out of your lives to give so selflessly to these women and children. Charity never faileth. We will be judged for how we treath others, even those who come from other countries, who don't speak our language, who have been abused, who are poor, who look different, who are seeking safety and refuge, who the world considers lowly... Actually, I'm pretty sure Jesus told us how to treat these people pretty clearly. Those who turn up their nose to these are on the wrong side.

  • Mor01017 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2019 10:17 a.m.

    I'm so grateful to these men and all the other volunteers who are emulating kindness towards our brothers and sisters through this service. We are all human beings and when we create walls of otherness, claims of why we should not reach out, we hurt our own humanity.

  • Lilly Munster , 00
    March 4, 2019 7:09 p.m.

    These are Americans whom you can discuss with your children. To remind and comfort them with the news that there really, really are Americans who care about others, in spite of what you see and hear from so many fear and anger based MAGA Americans. They are heroes, and worthy of praise and emulation.

  • Lilly Munster , 00
    March 4, 2019 6:34 p.m.

    No matter what these men say about what they have seen and heard of the suffering and anguish of Latino human beings who are coming here to save their children't lives....
    We still hear "let them obey the law" and "they are criminals."
    How can any Americans be so hard-hearted that they forget how THEIR ancestors got here?
    How can they forget the very words, and very meaning of Christ's message?
    Who can possibly believe that there is not enough loaves and fishes to share?
    It is beyond incredible that the forces that demonize, persecute, physically and emotionally punish these Strangers at Our Door....are mostly Christians. That is a shame, but it tells us something important.

  • dski Herriman, UT
    March 4, 2019 1:46 p.m.

    Helping any way you can is good. However, these attorneys said, "Encouraged by what they saw: women by the hundreds who didn’t come across as people looking for a handout, but as people trying to find a better way of life for them and their children." Seeking a better life for them was their motivation, not asylum from whatever they claim. We have laws and we cannot pick and choose which one to follow and disregard those we do not agree with. There are millions more in the world who want to come for a better life but they are waiting their turn. I feel compassion for them at the border but I cannot ignore the fact they intentionally break our laws.

  • BYU Africa 🌍 Provo, UT
    March 4, 2019 12:10 p.m.

    It is only ~$400 to fly from Mexico City to Canada, and it costs far more to have the cartel smuggle you across the border. If these lawyers really want to help, why don't they front the money for the plane ticket, and cut the cartels out?

  • drich Green River, Utah
    March 4, 2019 11:19 a.m.

    These lawyers need to uphold the laws of the constitution....Maybe they should read it first.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 4, 2019 10:39 a.m.

    terra nova - Park City, UT.
    "Shame on those who are so small in heart that they push aside the horror of what these people have gone through to get this far and only wonder about "importing poverty."

    I have helped many immigrants over the years through volunteer work to try and help them be successful. Documented and undocumented. Some are amazing people and work really hard. They are very appreciative of what this country has offered them. They work hard to learn English and to acculturate in our country.

    I also know many who are undocumented, have a lot of kids they can then get on welfare benefits because the kids are American citizens, refuse to learn English, and have attitudes of entitlement. One even told me our country can't deport them even though they are undocumented because they have had all these kids that were born here. They believe the gov't can't touch them because of all their anchor babies. She has been here for 15 yrs. Long enough to learn English and work to support her children. There are others who come to deal drugs, add to the gangs, and engage in criminal enterprises.

    We can't lump them all together. We have to separate out the good from the bad.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    March 4, 2019 9:07 a.m.

    Thank heaven for people like these three attorneys. Thanks to them for being stand-up guys willing to help give people a chance.

    Applying for asylum is a legal, time-honored way to citizenship. I am glad these bright young men are willing to give their time and help asylum seekers get good representation.

    They exemplify the age-old adage to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

    Shame on those who are so small in heart that they push aside the horror of what these people have gone through to get this far and only wonder about "importing poverty."

    The real poverty is in the hearts and minds of people with that attitude. These hard working people offer this country the riches it was built on.

  • Saiorse Round Rock, TX
    March 4, 2019 8:20 a.m.

    I bet these guys feel warm and fuzzy helping illegals gain entry imto the US. Do they even care that we have so many people living in poverty who would love to get help but can't find someone willimg to give them a chance. They committed the crime of being legal US citizens. There are certain criteria that need to be met before being granted asylum. Domestic abuse isn't one of them. It's terrible but at some point we have to say Enough! It's very easy to say they'd love to have these women work for them, knowing that won't happen. All of these do-gooders probably don't know the names of the housekeeping staff. If they want to support them with their personal funds....Go for it but don't deprive US citizens, (Vets, the homeless, inner city children, the elderly) of services they're entitled to but go to illegals. At some point these people need to fight together and take their lives and country back instead of looking for taxpayers to support them. Charity begins at home.

  • IJ Hyrum, Ut
    March 4, 2019 7:28 a.m.

    Why do they need to come to a country where they don't speak the language? Why not go to Mexico or another Spanish-speaking country?

  • lindaj72 SF, CA
    March 4, 2019 12:22 a.m.

    I believe the article said the attorneys would be willing to hire the women they met because they knew they would work hard to get established. They also said they would love to have their children play with their children. They seemed to have great confidence in these people. I have been through domestic abuse and while I was born in the US I am still a survivor. It was hard to get myself and my son to a good place but we made it. I believe these women are just looking for an opportunity for a better life. My daughter-in-law and her family came from Russia in the 1970's. They worked hard, learned to speak English, and got an education. She is now in an executive position over many pharmicies in California.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 3, 2019 6:53 p.m.

    Are they importing poverty to add to the poverty rolls we already have in the U. S. ?

    Or, women prepared to support their families? We need the later not the former.

    Of the 46.7 million people in U.S. living in poverty in 2015, 11.7 million or 25% were immigrants or U.S. born children of immigrant families. Almost 1 in 3 children under age 18 in poverty have immigrant fathers.

    We also need to get rid of birthright citizenship. Check the numbers of how many of these children live in poverty or are on public assistance. It is high.