A touch of immigration sanity from . . . Utah?

by David Safier

When Utah has something to teach Arizona about pulling back from the conservative abyss and moving toward greater political moderation and sanity, you know Arizona is way out there in conservative crazy land.

The subject is immigration, and the document is being called the Utah Compact. From a NY Times editorial:

Political, business, law-enforcement and religious leaders there have endorsed what they call the Utah Compact. It is a statement of principles meant to address, with moderation and civility, “the complex challenges associated with a broken national immigration system.” What a welcome contrast it draws with the xenophobic radicalism of places like Arizona.

Who signed it? Lots of people who would not think highly of Raul Grijalva or other immigration reform advocates.

The signers, who hope to influence the shape of state immigration policy, include the mayors of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, the state attorney general, two Republican former governors, a former United States senator, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, the Chamber of Commerce and a host of other civic groups and citizens. The prominent and powerful Mormon Church did not sign on but issued a “statement of support” calling the compact “a responsible approach to the urgent challenge of immigration reform.”

Note that the Mormon Church signed a statement of support.

Here are two statements which are exactly the kind of arguments Arizona conservatives would make if they were on the other side of the issue: respecting families and welcoming good people.

Because “strong families are the foundation of successful communities,” it opposes policies that unnecessarily separate them. It recognizes immigrants’ value as workers and taxpayers.

It ends by urging a humane approach to the reality of immigration: “Utah should always be a place that welcomes people of good will.”

Congratulations to those in Utah who crossed all kinds of political divides to sign this Compact. And Arizona legislators who support SB1070, some of whom are Mormon and have used the tenets of their faith to support their commitment to ridding this state of the dreaded illegal aliens, should note that the Mormon Church, not known for leftist leanings, has given its support to this sane document.

0 responses to “A touch of immigration sanity from . . . Utah?

  1. Joel…sorry, but I think that you have a very short sighted and narrow view. What you propose is not only nearly impossible, but extremely expensive.http://thinkprogress.org/2010/03/19/cost-deportation-immigration/ The fear factor has seemed to have robbed you of serious, constructive thought on this subject. Hope this helps shine a light.

  2. Morning, David…I see you got some love from Crooks and Liars on this post:) Seems everyone is in amazement that Az is to the right of Utah on this. Just goes to show how far off the deep end we’ve gone.

  3. The illegal identifications in this country are very extensive. We cannot track them down, and they are a ticking time bomb in some cases. We must deport all the illegal aliens, and then with the proper procedures, allow them to come back in. And if those families want re-unification, they can do so in Mexico which has the 11 largest economy in the world. This isn’t rocket science, and if we do it that way, all the welfare begins to go way, way down.

    Detain and deport as the law tells us to do.

  4. Because “strong families are the foundation of successful communities,” it opposes policies that unnecessarily separate them. It recognizes immigrants’ value as workers and taxpayers.

    It ends by urging a humane approach to the reality of immigration: “Utah should always be a place that welcomes people of good will.”
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    I suspect this was generated by the Catholic Church who refused to take credit for it because they are so heavily involved in saving their hospitals and schools from the illegal aliens they have permitted access. In any case, ..this.. country.. is.. a.. place.. of.. laws. I want the immunity of the churches that support the illegal aliens removed NOW, and those churches taxed as political organs, and perhaps as political organs of the Mexican Government. It is shameful that our government has done NOTHING to stop them in this heavy duty political mess.

    What a welcome contrast it draws with the xenophobic radicalism of places like Arizona.
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    If a church member, or a gimme, gimme left wing idiot were not calling me dirty names rather than rationally examining the issue, I just wouldn’t know where I am.

    The signers, who hope to influence the shape of state immigration policy, include the mayors of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County, the state attorney general, two Republican former governors, a former United States senator, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, the Chamber of Commerce and a host of other civic groups and citizens. The prominent and powerful Mormon Church did not sign on but issued a “statement of support” calling the compact “a responsible approach to the urgent challenge of immigration reform.”
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    The Immigration Laws we used to deal with illegal aliens worked very well for many years. WORKED WELL! President Clinton decided to NOT FUND the Border Patrol, and at that point the whole border enforcement went down hill. Narcotics flowed across the border, people came over galore. What also happened is noted in the infamy of the Clinton Presidency. The Mexican Mafia began working on an excellent forged I.D. for California, and then Arizona, and they got the. Up comes the REAL I.D., and the States love those cheap wages, and we wind up millions of illegal aliens tapping into welfare while they worked menial jobs, and then simply millions of illegal aliens working our jobs with excellent identification.

    George Bush Continued that process until his second term. He began beefing up the Border Patrol and as soon as Obama got there, he complained about spending that money. The illegal aliens voted for him.. heck no he didn’t want border control. The illegal aliens voted for Harry Reid.. heck no he didn’t want border controls.

    So will this ever stop. Yes.. if we can control the political aspirations of the Catholic Church and Obama controls the border. And you know what? I don’t think either one will happen.