For once, I wish the newspaper would write an article about the responsibility
illegal immigrants have to obey the laws of the United States--they are having
trouble now because they thought they could commit a crime (entering illegally)
and not get caught. They thought that America is weaker than Mexico with its
immigration policy. Perhaps those individuals this article mentions crying about
"divided families" , or the "injustice" of ICE enforcing US laws should have
thought of the consequences of their own actions before breaking the law. I have
spoken to hundreds of illegal Mexicans, and not one has any remorse for breaking
the laws of the US. I for one am tired of articles like this one which focuses
on the "pain" these lawbreakers feel, rather than on the damage they cause by
doing it---lower wages for many US workers, and increased social, law
enforcement and healthcare costs for us all.The Mexican government at all
levels is corrupt and demonstrably uncaring about creating jobs for its own
citizens, and wants them to come to the US to mask its own terrible
shortcomings-- illegals send back $25 Billion dollars to Mexico.Why can't
Mexicans obey the law?
no country in the world lets anyone who wants to come and live without their
say. I have no problem with immigrants whatsoever, In fact I think they provide
a lot of good to our communities. Just do it legally and then you don't have to
be worried about shopping at the mall and having the ICE come and pick you up.
Everyone is welcome here, that is one of the wonderful thing about this country.
Just do it legally.
Please publish where they can get LDS welfare and help . Just wondering , I have
never seen it?
I too came to this country looking for something better but I did it legally.
When I came, I adapted to the country not expecting the country to adapt to me.
I am now an American citizen and have seven children and certainly can feel for
families that are torn apart. But there has to be a better way than living in
fear with the constant threat of being torn apart and thrown in jail.
Being a criminal is a crime. It hurts you and your family. Go home. Don't
risk getting caught and hurting them and you. It is not my responsibility to
take care of criminals or feel sorry for you for coming here and knowingly
breaking my laws.
I am sorry these families are having to go through this. However, if they had
not broken the law, they would not be in this situation. They brought it upon
themselves. On the most basic level they are stealing.There are poor
people all over the world. There are poor people in every country on the planet,
with the maybe the exception of Monaco. We even have poor here in the United
States! What are we doing for them?There are two ways to do
things--the right way and the wrong way. Looks like these people elected to do
things the wrong way. Now they must suffer the consequences of their actions.
And please, don't you bleeding hearts try to give a guilt trip *me*
for *their* bad decisions. If you or I were to break the law, we could expect
the same treatment.
Many are making a better life by doing drug trafficking, being a coyote in
smuggling in illegal immigrants at a hefty price, driving without a license with
no insurance, free medical and identity theft. I am giving you this information
because you are apparently not aware of these practices. This should help you
with the tone, and substance of your messages on this issue. The US
Department is in big trouble by sanctioning trucks entering from Mexico on our
US Highways, and this issue will be in our High Court soon. This takes jobs away
from our own truck drivers in the US, and it is illegal. You should listen to
the news on CNN to be more informed on all the issues of Illegal Immigration.
Please pass this on to Joe
Money received or gotten by illegal means does not belong to them. The money
should be given to the state and used as tax revenues not collected from these
illegal scum low lifes. The families new the risks of being illegal and should
suffer the consequences of their own actions. If they don't like it they can
return to Mexico across the Rio Grande from whence they come, and don't forget
the kids, we don't want you saying we wouldn't let you take them with you. The
illegal children of illgals do not bleong here either and are not citizens of
the US. They may have been birthed here but concieved in mexico and transported
illegally across the border as hidden human smuggling.
Prisons are full of "used to be" parents, whose families are having to cope
without the Breadwinner.These people created their own problem here
without making a concerted effort to correct the situation in their own country.
Granted, some are trying to do so legally and are frustrated by our
bureacracy.There is the real problem and our government is not making it
possible for the legal immigrant to come here in a timely manner. Why? Having
shuffled paper around an office, I still can't see why it takes years to process
We need to make it easier for these folks to immigrate to the United States
legally. Our country was built on the backs of immigration. They set a work
ethic example for our children. They do need to be here legally but we need to
clear the way for that. It is too expensive currently for them to do it legally.
It's time to solve this immigration issue. The immigrants should learn english
as part of their process.
While as a single mother know the heartache at times of not being able to
provide essentials for my family, I did not resort to breaking the law. My
teen daughters cannot find work in our area, none of the teens here work,
because there are too many illegals who will work for nothing. When my company
laid closed and laid us off, again I was competing with illegals for the jobs I
needed to keep us a float. I was not in debt, had no credit cards with balances
and had always paid cash for old cards, but I still got so far behind in my
bills, taxes and car registrations. It was very painful. Do not believe for a
minute that they are just taking jobs Americans don't want. Any job, from
janitor to cashier would have kept me a float three years ago. Most, not all,
of the pain I've experienced in my life has been the result of some thing I did.
I think the tears of Ms. Ortiz are similar. I am sympathetic to her, but at
the same time lets humanely give them a ticket back to their country of origins.
Why aren't the unions in the country protesting this wave of illegals? They
depress the wage scale all over America. I do not live in Utah. I live in a
north eastern state.
These people broke the law. When US citizens break the law does the paper run
articles on the families they will be leaving without an income. No. Their have been immigration laws for many years, not only in this country but
in every country to protect the workers. When the government stopped enforcing
the law, they took advantage of it. Now the economy is turning bad, they are
enforcing the laws, and the time has come for them and their families to go back
to their homeland. It's not the government or society that's splitting the
families, it's by their choice. Their families can go with them. Mexico has the 14th strongest economy in the world and protects it's southern
border from immigration violations.
Undocumented illegal aliens knew there would be risks when sneaking into the
United States. They knew they were breaking the law. They chose to become
criminals, they chose not to follow the rules. If the United States and Utah
change the law for every illegal alien, we might as well throw out all laws.
Their case should be a show case of Justice done right by Utah. They must be
sent home, at their country's expense. Let this be a wake up call to all other
law breaking, sneaks, that without remorse, defile the United States. Up holding
the law is the honorable thing to do. Utah should not slap the legal citizens in
the face by allowing these law breakers leniency.
Help this poor people to return to their country, and do the things right,and
learn to respect the law.
Hey Des News, you forgot to mention one thing, ALL THESE PEOPLE WERE ILLEGAL!!!
What is so hard about understanding "illegal"? The families always suffer when
anyone breaking the law is arrested. Whether it be drugs, poaching, DUI or any
illegal activity. Welcome to Utah...obey the laws or leave!!
When you live a life of deceit and fake who you really are, it eventually plays
out and you ultimately pay the consequences. Back back home, start over,
and try doing things the right way for a change!
Universal Industrial Sales and like businesses that hire illegal aliens are the
problem here. If They wouldn't offer jobs to theses people, we wouldn't have
this problem. If these places get raided and their employees get busted, then
the fines should be imposed on the business at such a rate that the fine would
include providing for the affected families until they can get their affairs
settled to go back to their homes. Now that so many illegals have come and
partaken of the free enterprize and learned capitalistic ways, go back to your
homes and implement them there.
Sad situation.As long as there are jobs here and no jobs there, they'll
keep on coming. Walls won't stop them. Fanatical volunteers at the border
won't stop them. Raids like this won't stop them.What will stop them is
improving conditions in their home countries.Until the US realizes this,
and works toward it, they'll keep coming.
If these immigrants love it here so much, they should go through the legal
process!! They say we don't understand the poverty in their country? We do, but
that does not give them a free ticket into our Country! They don't realize how
much money they are costing the U.S Citizens!!! If they want to come here,
fine, but abide by OUR laws!!!!
The United States of America is a sovereign nation.We as citizens of
the USA have the right to determine our borders.We have the right to
determine who enters the country.These people have entered our
borders without following our rules.They expect us to bilingually
educate their children.They expect us to subsidize their health
care.They expect us to "understand" when their bad ones commit
crimes like DUI, drugs, theft or even rape and murder.My wife (a
legal immigrant) is being dragged into a class-action lawsuit with a Spanish
speaker. He says that while she worked in an insurance office years ago that
she didn't properly explain the insurance and left him under-insured. Even
though he signed all the papers in English. Or in other words, they want our
whole world translated for them at our expense, or else they will come with
lawyers to sue, sue, sue.I have seen first hand the poverty these
people come from. I have sympathy for them. But they come like uninvited
guests to a party and once there, demand to be served.
Thanks for this pathetic story of victimization, and thanks to the INS for
taking a small step to enforce the laws of this country. The world is full of
stories of great human tragedy. Think of the millions of Iraqis who were
systematically exterminated by Saddam Hussein, the victims in Darfur and
countless others we don't even know about. Shouldn't we open our borders to all
of them and allow them to illegally immigrate? Why are Mexicans given preference
over all the other downtrodden people of the world? Controlled legal immigration
has always been good for America. The continued flood of illegal immigrants
will lead to the end of America as we know it leaving our children and
grandchildren to live under socialist rule. I suggest that these 2 fine D-News
reporters try to live in Mexico illegally. No doubt their families would be
weeping for them as well.
A huge majority of American citizens want illegal immigration stopped - liberal,
conservative - it doesn't matter and yet the Deseret News has to try to tug at
heartstrings by showing a picture of a crying Latino woman on the front page
after an ICE raid. Give me a break... come to this country properly - and I do
think the Government should allow way more legal immigraton
Dial 1 for legal!It's time to go home and reform your own country.
It's no longer acceptable for you to bring your familes to change our schools,
streets and health care.We are tired of the sob stories from the
lawbreakers and the whiney press.
Its time they go back home and build up their own countries.The illegal
invasion and colonization has to stop!The sheister US employer with a 50%
illegal workforce, should spend a considerable time in jail with a hefty fine on
I believe in the American Dream of a better life. Come, bring your talents,
your skills, your desire to work and improve your statues. Bring your families,
and hopes for the future.BUT DO IT LEGALLY.How can you expect
respect and recognition from a Country whose laws you have no respect for and
think you can circumvent w/o concequences.These sob stories are all
heartwrenching and I'm sure there's a million of them. But you KNEW when you
came here illegally that there were risks involved. You break the law, you must
answer to it. And that my friends, is also the American way!
Good Job law enforcement! You just destroyed 57 families. Now all of these
peoples' children who are probably citizens by birth, will be on welfare and
have no daddys. Lets be realistic, do you think you are going to do that to 12
million people and their families and feel good about yourselves?
I can't believe how sympathetic this article is! ALL of these guys
and their families are criminals because they have immigrated illegally, not
just the few who have DUI or drug charges against them.Their plight
initially draws pity, but the reality is they are the burden of U.S. taxpayers.
Until we have a guest-worker program that makes sense, people will try to
immigrate illegally. However, the hardships that come to their families in these
circumstances are natural consequences of their decisions, not ours.It is admirable that some of the students of Orem Jr High are concerned about
social justice, but their naivety puts them on the wrong side of this issue. If
you want to help these folks, write a letter to your congressman and suggest a
creative solution to the immigration quandry. Since this is an
election year, something might actually get done!
All criminals and law-brakers should ALWAYS be fearful. THANK YOU.
These people are no different the the families of other people who commit
felonies. Thieves and sex offenders have families too. Those families suffer
hardships when their main breadwinners are arrested for the crimes they have
committed.The people who were arrested chose to commit a misdmeanor
(or a felony if they have been deported before) and compound it with a felony
after they got here. If they didn't want to do the time, they shouldn't have
commited the crime. If they don't like it, they can deport themselves before
they get arrested. That way they can apply for a legal work visa and not be
barred from re-entry into the U.S. for ten years
Cry me a river! Illegals need to go home and take their families with them.
That way they can remain a family. If they want to come back to America do it
legally, just like the rest of us. The writers of this article are so slanted
and biased they should quit their jobs in shame. It is that kind of lawbreaking
attitude that encourages illegal aliens to come to Utah.
It is sad for these families, and I do feel sorry for the children - but why
don't they just come here LEGALLY, and then all the problems go away? Is there
some reason why they cannot do that?
BOO HOO.. "All they wanted was a better way of life." I think I've figured out
their thinking, so I can do the same thing & cry. I want a better way of life
so, because I drive a car that's constantly breaking down, I can steal a better
one. My kids don't always get what they want, so I can shoplift it & not be
prosicuted. If I should be arrested, on any of these charges, my wife can expect
someone to take care of my family. After all, I'm not there to provide for them.
"The strength of society is families." It begins with teaching the families they
can't pick and choose what laws they obey. According to a CNN Report, there are
as many as 80,000 illegals living in Utah. The same report said: " A growing
number of those illegal aliens are using stolen Social Security numbers for
their work papers -- 132,000 Utah residents had their Social Security numbers
stolen in 2000. That's five percent of Utah's population. There hasn't been an
update since then."
I like this proposed Nebraska law."Hiring illegal immigrants could put
businesses on the hook for costs ranging from education to welfare, under a bill
introduced in the Legislature. The bill (LG1170) brought Wednesday by
Senator Tom White of Omaha would provide for the recovery of costs for public
education, health care and public assistance programs used by illegal immigrants
and their families, spouses or other dependents.It will sure put a crimp
in hiring any illegals. Maybe Utah should try it.
No mention of any laws that were broken or illegal activities. We need to read
about the bad activities of illegals, not just the "heartbreaking sob stories".
It sucks to face the consequences of our own actions, doesn't it? Where's the
article about all of the wives that cry because their husbands get arrested for
drugs or worse? Facts:1. They knew they were working here illegally2. They continued doing it anyway.I feel for those affected, but
I'll bet every arrest for any crime has regret. Try following the law.
Every single ICE employee who participated in this raid needs a raise in pay and
a hero's medal. Real Americans doing what is right for the country: go all the
way ICE, don't stop here!
This is a terrible situation, the families are suffering for the choices their
parents made. I am all for legal immigration but when you break the laws and
come into a country illegally you have to be prepared to pay the price even
though it affects all your family. This should be a sign to all who want to
break the law, you are not only hurting yourself and putting yourself in danger
but that of your whole family. If you love your family you would try all the
legal ways to enter the US. There are lots of people who have gone this route
that are still on the list and because they are obeying the laws of the land
they should have first access to the jobs here in the US. My heart goes out to
the wives and children of these men who tried to beat the laws but we cannot
allow this to continue, we all have to live by the laws of the land whether we
are from another country or our own United State of America. Let this be a
terrible lesson learned the hard way for all those who think they can win.
what don't you understand about legal and not legal. i'm sorry for the family
but i did not bring them here and each and every one of the people that come
here that are not legal knows what can happen if they are found out. i can not
break the laws of this country without facing the results of my actions. i am
also believe that the company should pay big time for hiring these people.
While I empathize with the families who are now left to fend for themselves, I
also have to look at the fact that laws are being broken. When the father of a
family is put in jail for breaking any other law (even non-violent ones in which
he is just trying to make ends meet) we don't see the same media uproar. The
problem is that there really is no good solution now that we are so deep in the
Amazing how this report glosses over the fact MOST of those illegals arrested
for immigration violations, they were ALSO arrested for IDENTITY THEFT! The
whining from the advocate sides is nauseating...seems NONE OF THEM can accept
responsibility for their criminal actions! It's all the governments
fault...those bad boys from ICE enforcing the law and recovering and identifying
STOLEN US Citizen's IDs from these poor, illegal aliens just trying to feed
their families. Oh my bad...what did this report say about some having prior
records for drugs too? Darn..who's fault is that? If these people are "living
in cardboard shacks in Mexico"...why don't they DO SOMETHING IN THEIR OWN
COUNTRY? Revolutions seem to work...go for it CHANGE your government and quit
bringing your problems over here! Goog lord our country was built on revolutions
and sacrafice...it's about these folks start considering sacrafice for their own
country as well.
Our elected leaders should be the ones put in jail. It is the fault of our
Country's leadership. We "encourage" illegal immigration by having super lax
border security and by not having a documented working program. If we can't
stop them from getting here and we can't create a worker program then the
problem is with our Gov't and not these people. Any one of us in their shoes
would do the exact same thing. If any of them have committed a crime then of
course I am for deporting those one immediately. But all effort needs to be put
on creating border security and in creating a guest worker program where we can
document each person that crosses the border. This is a joke just throwing all
these guys in jail. It the USA's fault for encouraging illegals with the way
our Gov't has set everything up. I am a super conservative voter, but with
illegals we have to be fair and just and compassionate. I think this is a
tragedy. Fault is on our elected leaders for doing nothing about the border and
I would kick some butt if this happened in my city. This is an outrage. People
of Utah County, get excited about something that has nothing to do with sports.
Contact all of your representatives (City, County, State, Congressional) and
start kicking butt. This is so wrong, it kills me. Notice...no raids in SLC yet.
Cause in SLC we have a heart.
Oh yeah lets feel bad for these people who broke the law, come into the country
legally and you wouldn't have this problem.I am glad the federal government is
cracking down pretty soon Utah will look like California with a dozen illegal
immigrants on every corner waiting to be hired illegally. I am all for finding a
better life but follow the law.
Yes it is too bad for the famlies. But do we see the same out cry when a
man or woman of any other race is arested for a crime. Do the activisits get all
up in arms about them? Do they say we are destroying a family?Those that
were arest broke the law. They came to this country illegaly, they stay here
illegaly.Either we are a country of laws or we a we not.Now with a
shortage of workers the company will now have to raise its pay to get legal
workers or they will have to close. My bet is they raise pay and keep selling
This story is sad. It tells of people with nothing trying to improve their
lives. That is a great goal. But the key word here is ILLEGAL. That means one
thing, folks. They broke the law. They have forged documents and criminal
histories. This is not our fault. Yet the bleeding hearts make it sound like the
USA is the bad person here, enforcing the laws. They want the benefits but not
the responsibility. My ancestors came from UK, swore an oath, served and died
for THIS coluntry to protect our freedoms. These people want to come here, fine,
then do it legally. Get rid of your flags, your holidays, and become AMERICANS.
Be part of the solution, not enhancing the problems.
I think that bail should have been set a lot lower than $7500 for those who
haven't committed a crime. These people aren't dangerous and it is costing
taxpayers every second they are in jail.I am a little frustrated by
the article's premise that poverty in Mexico justifies illegal immigration.
Every sovereign country must be able to determine who can come within its
borders to live and work. To say we should have a borderless world is
irresponsible and dangerous. Add to that the fact that some these immigrants
may have been using fake documents, or even someone else's identity, and I
believe this action was warranted.That said, I am somewhat torn
because I believe that these 'illegals' actually make America's economy stronger
by allowing growth that would otherwise not happen. Americans are a people that
start businesses, but lack of manpower often limits growth potential.The real crisis may occur if a major recession happens and Americans suddenly
have to compete with 'illegals' for those jobs.
It is a very sad thing that families are being torn a part, but these are people
who were breaking the law how it stands. If we want anything to change we need
to confront the laws. Immigration it ridiculous. It is such a long, expensive,
and frustrating experience. Provided, we shouldn't just let anyone in, but there
should be some middle ground somewhere so that we can feel good about letting
through hard workers in, and keeping criminals out. That way we don't have to
feel bad sending back illegals because we made it fair in the first place.
I really feel for the innocent victims here. But what is more important is that
these "undocumented" workers are breaking the law. They are in this country
ILLEGALLY, and that puts them and their families in jeopardy. The world wants
the US's money and assistance, until the laws have to be obeyed. Then, all they
want to do is castigate us for our laws and beliefs. The illegals (mostly
mexicans) want our welfare, free education, medical, and other give aways, while
hanging foreign flags and desicrating ours. If this is such a bad place to be,
then answer this - why do the people still flock to America? And the press
wonders why average Americans do not want the illegals here??
Baby run head south. This is just a small sample of what's coming.
The thing that bothers me the most about this article is the fact that these
people are choosing to break the law and enter into this country illegally, and
with all choices we make we pay consequences. These are the consequences they
have chosen to pay. My frustration is that I have been in Mexico and seen the
poverty, but there is also a completely different standard of living. You cannot
compare $300 per month here with $300 per month there, it does not weigh the
same. These people are not victims of anything but their own bad choices, and
the consequences that follow. If these families and people want to come here to
this country, then do it the right way, as have my spouse and I as well as many,
many other people. If they want to be happy and left alone then do things the
I used to be all for rounding up illegals and sending them back to their
countries, but after experiencing first hand the hardship this causes in family
units I cannot in good conscience support this way of thinking. There has to be
a better way to deal with the illegal problem. I like Mitt, but have always
disagreed with his 'round them up and send them back' stance on illegal
It wasn't enough that Richard Nixon ushered in the huge Deficit trade with
China that we currently have. It wasn't enough that the North
American Free Trade Agreement, signed by Bill Cinton allowed American
Businesses to attain enormous profits by packing up their companies and moving
them south of the border to avoid paying taxes, pensions, health benefits and to
exploit a work force so desperate for jobs that paying them roughly a third in
wages for a few short years is considered "passe." It wasn't
enough that the Globilization policies of the current Administration under
George W. Bush has allowed American Business to again increase additional
profits by outsourcing American jobs to millions of people in China, Mylasia and
to India, who are even more desperate for work than those they once employed in
Mexico and other Latin American countries..... Have you ever asked yourself
why????....because it allows them to exploit a labor force that forces people to
work extremely long hours at very low wages (a few cents instead of dollars per
hour). Now thanks to Walmart we can buy toxic pet food and lead
based toys and join our illegal migrant Latino brothers in the unemployment
What ever happened to, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free..."?
I have no sympathy for these peoeple. They are criminals. I don't care how bad
things are in Mexico, Honduras, Guatamala, El Salvador, etc. If you want to come
to America then do it the right way. Then you can have pride in you new country.
My other real problem is that these people don't want to adopt American culture.
They want to cling to Mexican culture, but at the same time they are boobing
they can't make any money there. Bottom line, America is the greatest nation on
earth, and people should do whatever it takes to get here leaglly. If not, then
stay south of the border!
The cost of living in Mexico is very low. If you make $300/mo you are living
well in their society. If you make $3000/mo youre wealthy.Why are we
not sending the whole family back? Is this an incentive to have the men just
quickly cross the border again? The family should go with the men so they can
continue to be together.The men working were making $7/hour. That
income IS NOT enough to be "supporting" a family here. They have been living off
the tax payers via Stolen Identification and then receiving government
assistance including: Food Stamps, Housing assistance, free meals at school,
Medicaid and the list goes on.We have the basic regulations most
countries do for immigration. You must be a benefit to our society to become a
citizen. You must be able to support yourself/family without government help.
You must speak our language (English). You must pledge allegiance to the USA AND
DENOUNCE allegiance to your former country.We have 8 migrant worker
programs to help those who need to improve their circumstances in their own
country. If these need to be expanded then so be it.
If the families of theses illegals had just stayed in Mexico, they could live
like kings and queens. All they have to do is Western Union their money home to
the "familia" and they'd do just fine. If someone with an education makes 300 a
month, then these dudes should be able to kick down about 450 and they could
risk getting picked up. The family would be doing great, and we wouldn't have to
waste the paper, ink, or bandwith on stories like these.
This kind of thing tears families apart. The ones that suffer the most are the
children. When adults behave badly the children are always the ones that suffer
most. These illegal aliens should have considered this when they chose to move
their families here illegally. The illegal workers and those that employ them
are totally 100% at fault here for the hurt and the pain that their children are
experiencing. This is no different than the alcoholic or the drug addict with
children who suffer because their parents end up doing something illegal. Shame
upon these parents for their illegal behavior and the problems it causes for
Save the crocodile tears and let them go home, fix their own countries and make
a better life in Mexico. We cannot continue to ignore our borders and the
anarchy and growing lawlessness at every level in our nation these illegal
aliens have brought with thm..It's time to stand up for our country,
our culture, our civilization and our way of life.I'm tired of
having to "press numero uno" to talk in my own language.
I agree we should have a simple way to link employers up with employees who want
to work... but, in the mean time illegal immigration is just that and those who
break the law will and should suffer the consequences. Don't write such biases
articles trying to tug at the heart strings. Crying that such raids tear
families apart should be written to show that illegal entry into a foreign
country is wrong regardless of the reasons.If the people of Mexico
would band together and form a better government that encouraged economic
growth, they could live in their country without need to going elsewhere. But
instead they abrogate their responsibility and illegally come into our country
and cause social upheaval and unrest.My sympathies, however, do go
out to these fine people struggling to survive. I wish we had a government (and
I'm fighting to get one like this) that would create a guest-worker program that
fills our needs (yes, we need these good people), and fills theirs as well.
You know it gets really old to keep reading about illegal immigrants in the way
you portray it in your story. Obviously people are going to feel bad for them
when they think about them having a family to take care of. You totally ignore
the facts of them breaking the law and how many problems this is causing. They
are stealing identities, committing crimes, and many are doing other things
besides just trying to provide for a family. I think it was a bad article,
written in a point of view shared by very few people in Utah. We shouldnt be
paying for their education and health care and many other things. Anyways I dont
know why I am wasting my time to write this email but I really disliked your
article and wanted you to know you did a bad job
One of the many steps to stop illegal immigration is to get Mexico "off
welfare". The second greatest source for Mexico's economy is money coming from
Mexicans living in the U.S. and sending it back to those living in Mexico.What incentive does the Mexican govenment have to improve their economy
when they can just let their people move to the U.S. and send back a check.
Wouldn't they have known the consequences after entering this country illegally?
It's their husbands fault. They're the ones who put their families in this
situation in the first place. I mean c'mon, some of them have been here more
than 7 - 12 years illegaly! Is it that freaken difficult to get a green card? It
is the federal immigrant agents job to track these people down right? How do we
expect to protect our nation from "Terrorists" or other criminal fugitives from
their homeland nation, if we are fed by this media propaganda to persuade us to
feel sorry for their poor law-breaking friends?!? Some of the arrested so-called
immigrants already had DUI, identity theft, and drug possession charges in the
past. Should we just sit back and tolerate this by contradicting our laws?All I ask is that these immigrants have a mind and heart of an American,
not the mind of their previous crapland of a nation. Please abide to our
culture, and speak some good english for a change.Then, we can actually
build better relationships.I can't fit anymore words on this comment
sheet because I have more to say.
This is one of those situations that no matter what you think is right or wrong
about immigration, is upsetting. Several months ago the same thing happend at
the Del Monte plant here in Portland. The school district I work in had many
parents from the plant arrested. It wasn't just the adults involved that
suffered, the children developed many signs of Post Tramatic Stess Disorder.
The kids became scared of all adults who weren't Hispanic. We showed a drop in
attendance and as a district had to put many things in place to build a
relationship of trust with these families. As humans, you have to ask
yourself at what point to we begin to hold the companies accountable when they
hire such workers? I am all for immigration reform, but I am also for
I have trouble seeing black and white on this issue. Though I am often
frustrated by the Deseret News' liberal slant when it comes to stories like
these, this article is yet another that leaves me feeling more uncertain of how
I should view illegal immigration. I absolutely abhor cheaters of any kind, and
that is exactly what illegal immigrants are. This problem has spiraled out of
control, and the negative effects on our health care systems, crime rate, social
security, and schools are severe and can easily be seen. Yet the fact remains
these people are human beings, our sisters and brothers under God. Many have no
future for them or their families in their native lands. I admit to being torn
between feeling sympathy for those cheaters whose families suffer the
consequences of loved ones' wrong actions and feeling a deep satisfaction when
those who do break the law are caught and punished. I wonder if I'm not the only
who feels this way.
I feel compassion for both the families and the men, but they came here
understanding that they were breaking our laws. The biggest problem here is
that our nation has let this kind of thing go on too long; illegals know that
and so they continue to come because they didn't think there were going to be
any repercussions. What is the answer? Extremely difficult situation on both
Save the sob story. I am so sick of all the illegals moaning and groaning when
we actually enforce our laws. Its so uncalled for. If they sayed in heir
countries hey wouldn't be having this problems. They speak of America being a
land of oppurtunity and it is. They are ALL welcome to come here if they get in
line and DO IT LEGALLY!Seriously you illegals are lawbreakers and
deserve any legal woes that come upon because of your choice to come ILLEGALLY!
I have very little sympahty for you- I believe in justice. As for mercy we will
pay ( ith my tax dollars) for your deportation costs and allow you to go to the
back of the line. You should be grateful that we allow you to even get at the
back of the line. Moreover count yourself lucky we don't mine the border.
This is absolutely ridiculous! First you illegally cross our boarders and sneak
into our country, you increase the crime rate, you increase drug trafficing, you
don't carry insurance, you won't learn English and you help shady business
owners get ahead by working for them illegally. Any you EXPECT to stay? First of
all, you are UNINVITED GUESTS here, don't expect anything.Don't
break the law and then protest that we should not enforce it! So if a bank
robber gets caught robbing a bank and says he needed the money to support his
family, do we just let him off the hook?! If you want a better life, it needs
to start with you first in your own country. GET A FREAKIN' EDUCATION FIRST! Are
you trying to say that Mexico does not have enough "desk jobs" to go around that
you need to come here? That's bull, because the only jobs that you know how to
do are blue-collar, manual labor jobs. Like I said, get an
education and then try to get a job in your own country, my guess is that you
will have better luck providing for your family...
I agree with Carlos. Illegals feel entitled to break our laws and receive
government benefits to boot. The newspaper should do a story on what illegals
cost us, not just their worries and plights. Oklahoma has the right idea: strict
laws result i n illegals leaving the state (without being torn apart as
Shame on the Deseret News for promoting the type of lawlessness which will
ultimately bring the end of our society as we know it.These people
broke the law. The snuck into this country under cloak of darkness and continue
to break the law every second that they are here. They are not the victims in
this story as you so pathetically portray them.The victims in this
story are the millions of honest, decent, people worldwide who are waiting to
gain entrance into this country under legal means and every single tax paying
What about publishing a story about the children of the American workers who are
out of work because illegals have taken THEIR jobs at the Linden workplace. The
illegals in this story are criminals who are using false identification - a
felony. If they have brought children into their lawbreaking lifestyle, I think
they should be charged with child abuse. They should keep their families united
- the children and wives should return to their homeland with the husbands.
Family unification in Mexico.
This article had a curious "it's not their fault" slant. Didn't all of our
ancestors come here looking for a better way of life? And the majority did it
through the legal process. Part of what make our country great is the principle
of equality under the law. If you break the law you should expect to be
punished. It shouldn't matter whether your name is Hilton or Otiz. Latino's seem
to expect a "get out of jail free card" on immigration violations.
Enough with the sob stories! Why all the pity stories from the Dnews? The
border is a huge security flaw right now and it has to be sealed up. We know
that many bad people come across the border illegally. There are many good
people that do as well but they do not offset all the bad that does. We have
seen lots of illegals commit crimes and hurt people, where are the sad stories
of thier victims? All the pity and sob stories are all one sided when there are
many other stories to tell.
to the immigration LAWS NOW !
This is a horrible situation. I understand both sides. The
government encourages them to enter the US and work but considers them illegal
and the people just want to feed their families.Can't something
Christian be worked out?
In the past, people that have come to this country assimilate into our society.
I have spoken with many illegal aliens in the course of my work, and virtually
all of them say they have no intention of doing so. That the only reason they
are here is "for the money". A society that does not have congruity is, and
always will be, a society divided.
Another sob story. You'll never win me over to your side of this issue. How will these people ever learn to respect our laws as long as you
disregard them and we refuse to enforce them? I'm okay with immigrants--those
who obey our laws and take steps to integrate (learn English). As long as people
like you pander to them, they won't and will remain in their poor state.It's sad to see our country disintegrate into North Mexico.
This wouldn't be a problem if our government had been enforcing these laws all
along. But big business convinced them to turn a blind eye- and pick up the
rather expensive educational, healcare, and social programs tab for these people
with your taxes. In the meantime they profit big time off of cheap labor. That my friends is the real American dream.
It looks like the Deseret News needs to do an article on the success of those
that have come to this country legally. I had the opportunity to serve an LDS
mission to southern Texas and work with many latino people. They are wonderful
people!!! However, when I was first on my mission and still attempting to learn
the Spanish language to talk to people that lived in the US, someone had the
audacity to tell me that I needed to learn how to speak better in Spanish. In
addition to that rude statement, I found out that this lady had lived in the US
for 5 years and didn't know English.Not all latino people have this
attitude. I volunteered while down there in an English as a Second Language
class and saw many people that were trying to learn the language and gain
citizenship. I have also met a family here in Utah that came to the US legally
from Venezuala. They told me about how hard they worked to learn the language
and go to school. They are now succeeding immensely.So DNews, do an
article on those that have come here legally and succeeded!
This is the most lopsided example of reporting I've seen in a while. The Des
News should label this an op-ed piece instead of news article.I'm so tired
of the US and ICE being labled villians because they enforce the laws to protect
this country. It's a slippery slope to start selecting which laws we want to
enforce and which ones we don't. You can spare us from the crying about
what this raid has done to all of these people's lives. I'll bet there is large
population of criminals in jailed in the US who have wives and children, and the
Des News isn't writing heavey-handed articles in their favor.You can be
sure that if any American hopped the border into Mexico, the government there
would just turn a blind eye. In fact, I doubt they would show any compassion in
Using the same "Boo Hoo" logic in this article, I think I'll go rob some banks,
then when I get caught, I'll cry about my wife and children left behind! Think
that will work?
The Book of Mormon talks of JUSTICE and MERCY. Both are eternal principles. It
seems like everyone posting here is more than willing to extend the hand of
JUSTICE, and very few want to talk about MERCY... These people are here, and
have families. Can't a compromise be reached (temporary guest worker) to
satisfy both JUSTICE and MERCY?
It is beyond me how insensitive people are on the issue of immigration. Yes,
they knew it was illegal to enter the U.S. unlawfully. The majority did for a
better opportunity for themselves and for their families. OK, that's done.
They are here. Most now have roots growing here. It is difficult to determine
who on this board are followers of Christ and those who pretend they are. Yes
we have laws here in the U.S., laws which were not enforced and policies (or the
lack of) that encouraged illegals to come here. Most illegals need to be given
amnesty and become tax paying citizens rather than living in fear and taxing our
economy and health care. To think that a system of hiring agents to track down,
arrest, and tranport over 12 million illegals back to their countries is cost
effective is fueled by fear and intolerence.
Illegal Immigrants seem to be the scapegoat for many of the social and economic
problems that are faced in our nation. They are blamed for health care costs,
low wages, drug crimes, and theft. While there may be some illegal immigrants
that have participated in illegal activities that hurt our society, we should be
careful not to make generalizations. There are many individuals that work hard,
put there children in school, and hope for a better life. U.S. citizens are
ignorant to the poverty and government instability that exists around the globe.
People have a right for a better life and these immigrants perform valuable
tasks in our economy. The U.S. needs to tighten the border with Mexico, but they
need to think of the horrific domestic and economic outcomes that will occur if
we round up the thousands of illegal immigrants that are already in the nation.
This issue does not have the simple answer of deportation.
I can guarantee that the majority of the previous commments were made by middle
or upper class white people who know nothing of poverty. I feel sorry for the
families in this story. They are surrounded by heartless people who don't care
what happens to them because they aren't U.S. citizens. We're all people and if
anyone's family or children are starving or suffering they would do ANYTHING to
help them. Plus you complain that "they" are taking out jobs. I didn't know US
citizens aspired to work gross jobs that pay minimum wage.
I'd like to see a follow-up story regarding the people who's identities were
stolen. What about their plight? The illegal immigrants featured
in this story took a risk by their illegal actions, and with those risks come
consequences, that do, indeed, hurt their families. Although their intentions
were noble, the responsibility alone lies on their shoulders, not on those that
are enforcing the laws of this country.
What a great example of agenda journalism. I don't think the National Council of
La Raza could have more a propaganda-worthy article. The illegal immigration
debate is a complicated issue, but for some reason mosts journalists are
hesitant to explore the less politically correct aspects of the issue and stick
with a Geraldoesque theme. Who, after all, wants to harm mothers and children?
But what about the rampant corruption in all levels of government in Mexico and
many Latin American countries that keeps the population supressed, or the
rampant crime that follows many across the border? What about the societal
costs of a populace that is hesitant to assimilate and abuses the local medical
services? For the most part immigration is a good thing and there are positive
aspects to Latino culture; they tend to be God-fearing pro-family. So many
people out there, including governmental leaders, consider someone such as me a
xenophobe. But I have lived in other countries and enjoy learning about other
cultures and languages. I also enjoy many elements of my culture and resent the
implicit suggestion that I surrender my culture and language and adopt that of
another because they are less fortunate.
Why is our government paralyzed from implementing a logical, reasonable plan?1) Secure the border. Yes, the long-funded fence with checkpoints all
along the way. This eliminates the "release valve" that keeps Mexico corrupt and
complacent about improving the lot of its own citizens.2) A national
counterfeit-resistant ID system for everyone, especially for aliens who come in
legally through our airports on student and tourist visas, so they don't fade
into the woodwork and outstay their visas.3) A reasonable,
streamlined system for allowing in honest people who want to work and
contribute. The curent system is based on protectionism and onerous bureaucracy
designed to discourage the entry of many immigrants who would pay taxes, buy
products, and build our economy.4) Aggressive deportation of any
illegals with records of criminal activity or welfare abuse. But it will only
work if the fence is there to keep them out! 5) Realistically, a way
to help long-established undocumented families legalize their status. It's too
late, and too expensive, to ship out 12 million people. But none of
this makes ANY sense without doing steps 1 and 2 FIRST.
These stories on the Lindon raid make the reporters' pro-illegal bias very
clear. But there are plenty of victims to go around on both sides of this
issue. I am waiting for the Deseret News to do a story on the high rate of
criminality among illegals, and the Utahns who are their victims - of rape,
robbery, assault, drunken driving, child molestation, murder, identity theft.
It should also include the victimized taxpayers who subsidize illegals' free
education, free health care and public services.I hope someday the
reporters take a little trip to CA, TX, AZ or NM to see hundreds of square miles
of devastated communities overrun by crime, blight, and environmental
devastation, where US citizens are virtual hostages to illegals. Guess what?
Utah is next.Fortunately, the realities of illegal immigration ARE
being objectively reported by the likes of CNN's Lou Dobbs, MSNBC's Glenn Beck
and others on the national media scene.Yet in myopic, naive Utah, we
are subjected to the one-sided, bleeding hearts of the Deseret News. Their lack
of objective journalistic reporting is shameful. Laurie
What are they crying about? They're criminals. "Illegal" equals "criminal".
Deportation is the least they should get.
There r alot of good migrant workers.But many do fit the stereotype of crime.All
u have to do is watch the news and read the newspapers and it always seems 90%
of the crimes r of the mexican heritage and bring that bad part of there culture
here.It makes it hard for the good honest and hardworking ones because of the
bad example of many.
Criminals SHOULD be fearful! Fearful of being held accountable for their
continuing illegal activities!
Many of you leaving comments do not understand the concept and the meaning of
justice and mercy. One day your time will come, and you're going to cry for some
mercy, but you will be asked if you showed any mercy when you had the
When people break the law, they're supposed to get in trouble, right...? A criminal is a criminal, and there should be no exceptions.
I have to add that those people who are questioning why the Deseret News is
printing these cry-me-a-river stories about ILLEGAL immigrants need to look no
further than the top of the Des. News to Mr. Joe Cannon himself, brother to none
other than Chris "amnesty" Cannon.
Don't you realize that if you keep poking at a beehive, the bees will come out
and sting you? If you keep messing with these immigrants, they'll come out one
by one at first and try to "sting you," but then eventually, you'll have a
"united swarm" chasing you... Then what?
What too do? Invade Mexico and steal their huge oil reserves, kill their corrupt
leaders, or take our technology, equipment and trained personnel over there and
create an economy for them minus their corrupt leaders? I think the latter would
be the right thing to do. It would save us tremendously in the long run.
Eliminate illegal issues, create another market for crude oil, and hopefully
make for better relations with our southern neighbors. Why fight everyone around
the world all the time, how about some foreign diplomacy with these countries
and perhaps start some harmony, insted of wars.
Un consejo a los familias. Lucha por sus derechos. No se firma la deportacion
rapido, habla con abogado primero por verificar sus derechos. No todos, pero
muchos tendran derechos que les serveria mas luego dentro el proceso de
Does anyone know of a website, phone number, or any way we can voice our support
to help stop the flow of illegals who are ruining our country?And
about Mercy, are we supposed to show mercy at the cost of our country's well
being? We have to think logically. the Book of Mormon also says to "be smart"
You people would deport illegals and CRIPPLE OUR BIG BUSINESSES?? THEY NEED THE
TIME FOR A REVOLUTION!Lets stand up and be vocal for what we want
instead of letting people who aren't even citizens of this country decide for
us! Lets not be racist, or hate those of diffrerent backgrounds! But let us
support the laws of OUR country.The illegals think we should
change everything to benefit them! They come here illegally! Telling us what we
should do FOR THEM!!! They are breaking the law just by being here. Then they
continue to break the law the whole time they are here. This cant continue at
This is America and we speak English.p.s when you are illegal, you
dont have rights to fight for! So dont lucha for derechos that arent there. The
time has come.
Those who are leaving comments about Mercy should know that mercy doesn't mean
that people should get a free pass to steal, cheat, lie, and hurt others because
they want to "escape" their own situation. Mercy means that while people do
make mistakes they should be given a chance to change, but if they don't change
then they are still subject JUSTICE. The immigration policies of this country
are more than merciful! They probably need to be changed, but if anything the
laws are too merciful and thus we have people that even if they get caught and
punished, they still come back and DO THE SAME ILLEGAL THINGS AGAIN! It is time
to serve justice to those who abuse the mercies of this country.
Just Yesterday, a co-worker and friend of mine was hit by a car while riding his
bike. The Man who hit him sped off. My friend is in the hospital recovering.
The man was caught shortly after. He was not insured, didnt speak English, and
he was illegal. Seriouly, how many people are going to have to suffer before we
put an end to this?
If you are going to quote the Book of Mormon you can't ignore the fact that the
church strongly teaches to follow the laws of the land.
She can always go to the Immigration Office and Surender, I am sure they will
help her get back to Mexico where she BELONGS until she can come here LEGALLY!!!
I feel bad for these people and I have Sympathy and Empathy for them, but they
should have come here LEGALLY to begin with.
The U.S. should simply buy Mexico ala the Louisiana Purchase or perhaps annex
it. We could calculate the amount of support we have given them
over the past 150 years, add it to the money earned here by illegals and sent to
Mexico, add again the subsidies paid for illegals to be educated, given health
care and incarcerated, throw in some more for the costs of crimes committed by
illegals and I'd say we've about paid for it already. Everybody wins. Problem
How about showing some compassion. These people are human beings. Don't forget
Oh Ye of short memory. Salt lake has had its raids.Remember the Airport
raid a year or so back? People cried about splitting familys just like this.
Remember, not every Hispanic you see in Utah is here illegally. And did you know
that many illegal immigrants are not Hispanics? There are illegal immigrants
from all over the world on our shores.
If this illegal invasion continues, we will all be living at the lowest common
denominator and in cardboard boxes. Why is it that in order to unite
families--brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, grandparents and cousins by the
dozens of illegal aliens, their families have to be brought here? A simpler and
less costly solution would be for those who are here illegally to be sent back
to their families in their own countries. That would surely unite families and
should silence the bleeding hearts (actually nothing will silence the bleeding
hearts)and save our country billions of dollars in welfare, public services,
etc. There are at least five billion hard-working, deserving people on the earth
who would like a better life, are anxious to come here legally and worse off
than the Mexicans south of the border. We can't take them all nor even more than
a small percentage of them, so let's enforce the laws and stop the madness.
Where is the compassion for the victims of the illegal aliens who are being held
for identity theft? The only way an illegal alien can get a job
with a "reputable" employer such as Universal Sales in Lindon is to commit up to
three FELONIES by presenting a false Social Security Number (SSN), falsifying an
I-9 form under penalty of perjury and committing identity theft if the SSN
belongs to someone. In 2005, the Utah Attorney Generals Office
reported that it had uncovered a crime spree involving illegal aliens using SSNs
belonging to Utah children under 12 years old. Workforce services reported that
1,626 companies were paying salaries to the SSNs of children under 12. 37
adults were using one child's SSN. An estimated 20,000 to 50,000 Utah children
are victims of SSN only identity theft. 90% of identity theft cases tried by
the AGs Office involve illegal aliens.Our compassion should be
directed to the children and other Utahns who are the victims of illegal aliens
not to those committing the crimes no matter how noble their motives. Our anger
should be directed at employers who refuse to use E-Verify and thereby sacrifice
our children for profits.
Don't hire individuals who's backgrounds you can't verify.
Sorry DN, but I'm not crying about the plight of these illegals. They are
breaking the law! I do feel badly for the wives and children who are now
separated from their husbands and fathers, but the solution to this is for daddy
to get deported and to take his whole illegal family back to Mexico where they
belong. And please, spare us the sob story of how mommy can't feed her poor
babies when we all know they are receiving free food, money, and services from
"As long as you have this great demand, then you're going to have people coming
... in their search for wanting to make a better life."And the way
to have that better life is to come into this country legally, with papers. And
leave when your invitation expires.
Que derechos? Estan aqui ilegal. Este es el problema con los ilegales, piensan
que el estar aqui es su derecho. No es asi.Si no quiren obedecer
las leyes de este paiz no vamos a sentir triste por lo que les sucede cuando
esten mandados de regreso a mexico.Que se vayan bien.
Stop the flow of bees now and send those already here back to their hives and
there will be no swarm. Savvy??
Dear Beware of Bees...your analogy is comical. Bees? That is what "Raid" is
for...look at what happened at the Lindon plant...ICE went to the hive, used
"Raid", problem solved. Looking forward to the next hive.
@ beware of bees - unfortunately we American citizens are already being chased
by an angry swarm. Lamentably, that swarm includes our government, our media,
big business, and John McCain
Justified? - you have the right idea. Other than pure corruption, why is Mexico
so poverty stricken? They have tremendous natural resources; 2 coast lines,
huge tourist trade, ideal climate for growing, OIL, and many others. They are
not being used to their best advantage for the benefit of ALL the citizens of
Mexico. We could go down there,teach and train. The Mexican people can learn to
be leaders, self-sufficient human beings just like anyone else. But they haven't
been taught. They just run away, illegaly, to the US as their father's and
grandfather's have done. And we keep making it easier! Our government is
supposed to have good relations with Mexico. Let's form some, MONEY- MAKING
projects for this country, to educate ALL the Mexican people and give them a
chance to have good jobs, form their own companies and live well!
"I have no problem with immigrants whatsoever, In fact I think they provide a
lot of good to our communities."Good for our communities? I don't
think so. Especially if immigrants are minorities. Mixing races and
ethnicities seem to always cause division and never ending contention. We have
had enough of it. If we need immigrants at all we need them from White Europe.
Let Latinos stay in Latino countries, Blacks stay in black countries, and
Muslims stay in Muslim countries.Let's get real. The "melting pot"
concept is not working and never has. And neither is the "salad bowl" concept.
This country is fast becoming a third world country because we can't get past
the race/ethnicity that divides us.
It is the duty of a reporter to have an unbiased oppinion about the stories they
cover - to report facts. These two journalists give us some sob story, who do
they think they are? So my advice to these journalists is to keep their
oppinions to themselves and do their job.
I find it offensive when someone writes about broken families brought on by a
raid such as the one in Lindon. What about all the broken families left behind
in Mexico and other Latin countries? What about them? The deafening silence on
these families speak volumes. You don't care about broken families. You care
only about pushing an agenda and whatever tools available for your corrupt
goals.Utah needs a law similar to that of Arizona and Oklahoma where
it's forcing illegals to leave on their own because employers are now afraid to
This is very good news. Finally, the illegal aliens are rightfully living in
fear. What good are our laws if they are not enforced? They have not been
enforced for so long that until now the illegals have been openly flouting them.
Hopefully now as these raids continue, more and more illegals will feel the
fear, and will move back home.
I just find it ironic that likely 90% of the above posters are Latter-day Saints
from Utah County. The LDS Church has been actively seeking less stringent
enforcement of immigration laws in this state for years.
Your reasoning reminds me of the young man who murdered his parents and then
begged the court for mercy because he was an orphan. Mercy and Justice are
intertwined. One should not be sacrificed for the other.
People fearing the Mexicans are myopic. The real concern is China. They are
going to own us in a few years. Our debt to them keeps increasing and we buy all
their cheap goods. Its like Wal Mart setting up shop in the neighborhood and all
purchases are on credit. As soon as they change their national reserves from the
dollar to another currency, were headed towards a time weve never seen. Were
going to be their Mexicans.
You know? If people (illegals) continue to break American laws they can't expect
anything else but to be arrested and sent home. I think we supposedly, may be
dealing with adults here, who possibly have a brain in their head as all humans
are born with, as to know not break American laws... It's not too hard to decide
right from wrong. There are no excuses!
I haven't read all the comments, but i read enough to realize that most people
commenting are blaming, finding fault, critizing, etc. My first thought was
about the women and children caught in this difficult situation. Notice that
the raid was conducted on the very day the men were to receive their paychecks.
They worked for two weeks and the families at least need the compensation for
that time period. that won't solve the problem, but it will at least give some
time for decision making. It also sounds like the same scenario as Les
Miserables. How does one post bond or pay the $7,500 without work?Aside from this, is anyone suggesting gathering food supplies in a location
where the families can pick them up fairly easily? Yes, the men were working
illegally, but the families should not bear the brunt of this raid. Someone
suggested the LDS Welfare Services. I'm not sure that is their responsibility.
Whose is it? I don't know, but I'm willing to donate food if there are some
families in need.
You will get illegals so long as you have socialistic policies which forcibly
redistribute wealth. If you didn't have these policies (and minimum wage laws
are among them) you would have exactly zero reasons to bar immigrants from
So sad a picture to see Maria Ortiz crying. Wonder if who ever took the picture
stopped to ask her why se is so upset. When breaking the law like the ILLEGALS
have, one must expect ot be caught by and by. When it happens, she cries? Why
would the Desert NEws even print the picture except to try and win points for
the ILLEGALS. If they want to live and work here, do it LEGALLY, like the rest
of us. If not, don,t cry about being caught.
Why don't the journalists who write for this paper do a full feature of History
of Latinos in America? How about informing us of the situations that cause
people to come to America...people who are willing to risk crossing the border,
and why...what are they leaving, what do they hope? Go across the border and
take photos of those who live in garbage dumps and cardboard boxes. Tell us
about the coyotes who take money from people and fail to smuggle them across the
border. What has America done financially to businesses...how has
colonialization affected situations of poverty and war? Maybe if people were
educated about the causes behind the men and women who cross the border, we
would see more of those saints interested in being a brothers keeper. We are so
anxiously engaged in worrying about our taxes, so quick to stereotype, so
ethnocentric, but maybe--with just a bit more information, we could be
empathetic to the plight of those who have less. Would the journalists at
Deseret News do something to try to teach the citizens of Utah something? they
aren't getting it from their parents or pulpit...
Ya know what ? Could you please make it VERY obvious that they broke the law.
If you brake the law you pay the price. Quit, please Quit, trying to make the
rest of us feel bad that their families are seperated. They broke the law. My
Partner is a Legal immagrant and he is a great asset to America.
Why does the enforcement of the law suddenly make the law bad, the law makers
the villains and the law breakers the victims? This isn't about fearing the
wonderful people of Mexico or any of the great people of Central America either.
This is about the rule of law. Those who disregard and break the law need to
have the consequences of breaking the law. The outrage expressed by this
article would in no way be expressed if the law breaker had been doing drugs and
had been caught and left his family waiting for him to bring home the check from
work. When there is no regard for the laws set up in individual nations there
is no peace in society and no society that stays together. Laws need to be
I hate it when there is not a freedom of speech on here. Everyone complains of
there words and thoughts be deleted! More bigotry!
This "breaking the law" business is such a transparent excuse. It's convenient
to speak about "obeying the law." How many Americans obey the law? Ever fudge on
your taxes? Jay walk? Break the speed limit? Maybe you guys should be rounded up
response to: PEGGY why don't you have a heart and help pay for these
families to return to Mexico. Maybe you can feel sorry for them and you need to
help feed them and give them a ride home. However, my family is poor and needs
help too. We barely get by each month. We are legal Americans. We also live the
laws and respect them. So feel sorry for people who are poor and have enough
sense to NOT break laws.
We live in the biggest 'peace nik', liberal country in the world: New
Zealand.But they really know how to protect themselves when it comes
to illegal immigrants. When found, illegal immigrants are imprisoned. They also found here that people were coming to NZ to have babies so their
children would have citizenship - they fixed this by changing the law. Not every
baby born in NZ has automatic citizenship now. The parents must be citizens or
legal permanant residents. Something the US should consider!
If you're illegal and get caught, why are you surprised?
I'm all for rounding up all the illegals and sending them back to their
countries.Someone said it wouldn't be cost effective. But there is
money available to do this (and jobs would be created). Just use the money that
the U.S. annually sends to these countries and if there is any left over (and
there probably won't be), then send it.And shame on the Deserted
News for their lack of publishing articles on BOTH sides of this issue.I have no sympathy for illegals.
I agree with you Colonel Kilgore. And DahktaD, you're the one that's comical;
the problem is not solved and won't be for a very long time. And you say you're
looking forward to the next hive... that's a pathetic statement.
These families deserve to be fearful. They broke our law and got caught. They
deserve all that happens. Next time you come, DO IT LEGALLY>
Have you ever heard of Sonia Nazario she won her paper two Pulitzer Prizes.Look
her up. Then ask yourself how can Mexico treat the plight of these people the
way they do. Treat others the way you want to be treated isn't that what your
saying. You need more info too before you start judging all of us in Utah less
then our Brothers Keeper
I'm surprised that no one at the Deseret News supports the plight of those
who've been victimized by illegals or believes in enforcement of existing
immigration laws. Why the heavy-handed approach to reporting? Is it that they
don't want to lose or offend readers, or is it they wish for an increase in
crime to fead a growing appetite for sensational news? Either way, it isn't good
for our society--and it is yellow.
In reading through these comments I am embarresed at how many redneck bigots
there are along the Wasatch Front. It is embarrassing. Try going out and
educating yourselves so that you are having to compete for the same jobs as
these immigrants. Last time I checked we have the lowest unempoyment in the
country along with one of the strongest economies. Quit your whining.
I'm the son of immigrants who did it legally. Now I'm supposed to feel sorry for
these people who aren't even willing to learn to speak our language and try to
steal our identities. I don't think so.
hey my brother is border patrol. he sees this crap everyday. the sad thing is,
were not doing anything major to stop the illegal immigration problem. it
appears they have more rights and benefits than american citizens. rather than
fighting in iraq and building there economy why don't we waste our time over
there. #1 no crazy suicide bombers, #2 it closer = less expense...and the big
reason is we'll have a few hundred thousand soldiers over there = ing one hell
of a border patrol...at least we would be accomplishing something right? instead
of wasting our time and money on the rich getting richer
"What ever happened to, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free..."?"That was written on the Statue of
Liberty by the French, not Americans.Besides, if we took in all the
world's tired, hungry, and poor you'd most likely be crowded out of your home
and off your property.
Yeah, this is America... it's also known as North America. There's also Central
America and South America. So whoever wrote, "This is America and we speak
English," could also have said, "this is North America, and we speak English."
The 'Americans' whose countries are included in Latin America speak Spanish and
Portuguese.Also, as was mentioned earlier, not all illegal
immigrants are from the 'United States of Mexico,' savvy?
How much do you want to bet that not all of these families (or their friends)
"5) Realistically, a way to help long-established undocumented families legalize
their status. It's too late, and too expensive, to ship out 12 million
people."We wouldn't have to ship any if they couldn't get work.
Take away the magnet of jobs and illegals will quit coming and those here will
eventually go home. And for sure, no citizenship, ever, for those who have
crossed the borders illegally. Even if the live their entire lives here in
illegal status. A total denial of ever becoming citizens for those who broke
our immigration laws would go a long way toward discouraging other illegal
After reading the comments it is obvious that the legislators better do what the
majority of Utahns want or they will be "deported" in the next election!
If I go rob a bank, are all the illegal aliens and those in support for illegals
going to come running to my defense because I have a family. Didn't think so.
You can't adjust the laws to make it fit peoples situations now matter what it
is.Those of you saying give amnesty to them and let them start paying
taxes and paying for there own health care are only setting a precedence that if
you flood the U.S. then they have to give in.Not only that but giving them
amnesty bankrupts the social security system within 10 years because illegals
have not paid into the system. Not fair to those us who have done it our whole
lives.I am sorry but we need to build a wall and force people to come
legally. Those of you that don't like it, your welcome to leave.
If you want to come to America then do it LEGALLY. If not then suffer the
consequences of your ILLEGAL actions. These people need to go back to Mexico
and start the LEGAL process for becoming an AMERICAN citizen. The LEGAL
process is to keep the UNDESIRABLE criminals out. They knew they were breaking
the law. . therefore suffer the consequences.
And why is being a bigot to think everyone including me and you along with all
the illegals should obey the law. Are you suggestion we do not need laws, or not
to obey the laws of our country?
It's interesting that we didn't have a problem with illegal immigrants from
Mexico when our neighbor to the south was far, far, worse off than it is now --
say, during the Mexican Revolution or at any other time up until about three
decades ago, and especially since the late '80s. What has changed? Not Mexico --
they've always been poorer than we are, with an economy and political system,
hamstrung by corruption and patronage, that creates little wealth and few jobs,
relative to the US. What has changed in recent years are our own policies: Our
reluctance to prosecute and deport illegals (a reluctance the Mexican government
does not share, incidentally, towards its own illegal residents), our
willingness to extend amnesty, and, most importantly, our menu of welfare-state
benefits, including free or heavily-subsidized medical care, unemployment,
schooling, and the like. These incentives, and NOT Mexican poverty or other
social ills, are chiefly responsible for the problem. To the charge that
cracking down is not compassionate: good government is not characterized by
compassion but by proper solicitude for liberty and sovereignty. Let Mexico
solve its own problems, as we must solve ours.
The next article we will be reading is about how there is no produce in the
stores, because harvesting crops is back breaking work that no one with papers
wants to do. And we will import it, from south of the border, at a much higher
price than we pay now. Anyone want to pay $15.00 a pound for grapes? Does
anyone on this comment thread actually know anyone who works in the fields and
makes a decent living? I don't either.Has anyone ever applied to a
work visa to come to this country legally and waited months or years for
approval, while your family goes hungry?
Too bad, so sad, now go home and re-enter the US legally. Newsflash...if you
snuck into the country you HAVE committed a crime and all crimes should be
prosecuted to maintain the rule of law on which our country is based.
New laws in Az will prosecute employers who hire illegals, making it the
responsibility of the employer to make sure the worker's documents are in order
(I hope they can sort out the good forgeries). However, when the government
STOPS paying benefits to illegals, forcing taxpayers to educate their children,
and forces illegals and other non-citizens to pay their hospital bills, THEN I
will believe the government is serious about this. Meanwhile--we only have one
hospital left in southern AZ that has a trauma unit (the others went broke
servicing illegals), only one hospital in our county delivering babies
anymore--same reason. That's in a county of 3600 square miles. We're 890 miles
from Tucson. AND, in addition to the other huge increases in crime, last week,
two students were arrested selling serious drugs at our local high school
(families and students found with considerable amounts of drugs in the
house--and deported--not prosecuted). I want our borders secured--and LEGAL
immigration made more possible for the decent, hard-working people who want to
Round up the illegals and instead of putting them in jail, force them to go to
school, learn the language, get a good job and a citizenship card, and lets
start collecting their taxes.
I agree that these people are a matter of great concern to us. I fear that one
day, through their mistakes or ours, great troubles may occur. The ones who come
here are usually the most stupid of their nation. Few understand our language,
so w e cannot communicate with them through our newspapers. They are not used to
freedom and do not know how to use it properly. It has been reported that young
men do not believe the y are true men until they have shown their manhood by
beating their mothers. They do not believe they are truly free unless they also
abuse and insult their teachers. And now they are coming to our country in great
numbers. Few of their children know the language. They bring in much of their
own reading from their homeland and print newspapers in their own language. In
some parts of our state, ads, street signs, and even so me legal documents are
in their own language and allowed in courts. Unless the stream of these people
can be turned away from their country to other countries, they will soon
outnumber us."Benjamin Franklin 1751 Titled "German Immigrants
One of my good friends came to the US illegally, literally swimming across the
river, a true "wetback", with his parents and big brother. None spoke the
language. Both parents worked as migrant workers and made sure their children
learned to work.Today, the whole family are now legal citizens. His big brother is a math teacher in California, and my friend is a
Highschool Principal making a difference. He has a beautiful family with 4
lovely daughters and one young son. The oldest daughter is married and teaches
elementary school, 2 are in college, and the son is the star quarterback of the
Highschool football team. Both sons support their parents in their
retirement.So, hey, how do I get my buddy booted out of the country?
One thing many people may not realize that all these children that are born here
by an illegal immigrant are automatically US citizens. Tell me how that makes
sense. This country has major problems and we are letting the rest of the world
take advantage of us. We welcome you if you are here legally.
Let's let the law do their job and elect the best politicians we can. BUT...if
there is a hungry child and we can at least feed them--we had better do it, or
God help us all. No, we can't all fly to Mexico to feed the kids there, and yes
the illegals need to be dealt with. But if hungry kids are in our neighborhood
and we can at least FEED them, we better, or don't expect God to be doing you
any favors when you are the beggar. For, "all we all not beggars." Donate to
the food bank, pay your fast offerings, and remember we were all created by the
You think if they decide to farm in their own country they will magically get
paid 3 times what they would here? The reality is if America produced what it
was capable of they could feed the whole world, prices would drop to nothing
because of the surplus and jobs would be lost everywhere. This is the reason
farmers get subsidies to NOT produce too much. I have an idea. If the Mexicans
would like better living conditions then change the opportunities in their own
country. If they wish to come to America they better do it legally. I speak from
experience on this. My wife is a FIRST generation immigrant. Her Aunt just got
her (legally) and it took about 5 years of waiting to do so. Those who do it
right can make a better life. Those who don't must face a life of constantly
looking over their shoulder for the big bad police to ruin their lives.
While Mexico may still have a peon economy, there doesn't appear to be any
claims that business owners, rural or urban, lash workers. Pancho Villa, and
many of his fellow Red Flaggers were. They had the scars on their backs to
prove it. Instead of fleeing to the U.S. they fought for freedom."Gringo capitalistas", who relied largely on family employees, fled, leaving
all behind. In 1912, those refugees had to live in the El Paso lumber yards
until they received documenation that allowed admission.Life still
is financially tough in Mexico. That's why many are emigrating, albiet without
documentation. Mexico's class structure inhibits individual chances for
advancement. Mexico has failed to offer them passports so they can openly enter
the U.S. Mexico has failed to round up the coyoteros who prey on fellow
Mexicans. Yet, all who enter this country must abide by the laws of
this country. Business managers must do the same. This includes Universal
Industrial Sales in Lindon. Because of the firm's failure to ensure all workers
from Villa Corona, Jalisco, carried valid work visas, even more Mexicans
To: Lisa | 5:57 p.m. Feb. 9, 2008 I worked in the fields along side legal
migrant workers. We made good maney. It wasn't the lousy wages the illegal
immigrants were making before the ICE raid.You should know that the
workers who are part of the legal migrant worker programs are treated with
respect and get better wages. Farmers hire legal immigrants unless they want to
end up doing the work themselves when ICE comes in. The price of food WILL NOT
skyrocket when the illegal ones leave. We have legal ones doing the job right
Break our laws go to jail. Break our laws go to jail. Break our laws go to jail.
Nothing more nothing less.
As mentioned earlier, Joe Cannon is the editor of the Deseret News. It's time
his brother Chis was voted out.During the 2001-2003 years there were
more jobs here than workers. The Republican solution was to circumvent the
Patriot act and let illegals stay here. Now the economy has turned sour, the
situation is reversing. Now the mess has to be cleaned up from the failed
policy. Why one of the Cannon brothers is using the paper to put forth his
brothers interests I don't know.
Because of various reasons, my wife and I have looked into moving to Canada. In
order to do this, there are several steps that we must do take to legally make
it happen (visa, etc). If not, there will be penalties; its that simple.
Therefore, why should Mexicans that have a desire to come to the US expect to do
so without taking the required steps? As another post indicated, "Break a law,
pay the price." Seems like a very simple principle.
I would like to hear more about individuals coming into this country
legally-what was the process, the time it took, etc.I have traveled
extensively to Mexico and most are not living in cardboard boxes, and they do
have a future. In Mexico it was a relief to find many people happy with their
lives, enjoying their culture, earning a living, and ... many not wanting to
emigrate here.There are actually places that are far more welcome and
actually need more immigrants. One such place is Canada.My last point--the
Hispanic community has a legitamite history in Utah and in this country--it is
not all about illegal immigration. Again, many have ancestry that predate the
white majority. Learning a little bit of Spanish and learning about the culture
helps to avoid being judgemental and opens doors to understanding.
Lets have the Catholic and Mormon Churches be the sponsors of these illegals
and have them pay their medical, school, insurance etc since they want them in
their buildings on Sunday so they can count the numbers of converts. There is
and has been poverty in America for years but the good folks have turned a blind
eye to it -how convenient is that - we can cry for the invaders but not for our
own and heaven help us help them. No tears from this Legal Immigrant who paid
the price and proved they could speak ENGLISH
Abogado Finch, Porque estas poniendo tu commercial aqui? No queremos tu
"consejo" aqui.I'm 1/4 mexican. When my Grandma's family came here,
my grandma's parents told her that the family would be speaking english because
they were now americans. They also came legally.I have experienced
more predjudice fom illegal latinos towards native born americans than I have
seen of the reverse. Hillary is doing much better among hispanics than Obama.
Think about it.Illegals that really value what america should stand
for will come here legally and will want to become integrated into american
society.There is no "labor shortage". There is a wage shortage which
is made possible by offshoring, outsourcing, and illegal workers. Ultimately
those most responsible for the current situation with illegals are the
politicians and corporations that have profited from perpetuating illegal
We are not against any immigrant coming to America and working here legally.
But, those coming here illegally should go back home and do it right. For those
whose families have had to go back home, the blame lies with you yourselves.
You need to take responsibility for your own actions. The corporations hiring
illegals also should be heavily fined and illegals deported. It is not that
people won't work the jobs the illegals will. They would if you paid them more
than $7.00-$8.00 an hour. No one can raise a family on that amount. All we in
Utah ask for are wages that will allow us to make a decent living. By hiring
illegals corps. just pocket mopre and more money instead of putting it back into
the people who buy their products...the legals/americans. I hope the government
cracks down hard on the companies hiring illegals. It is too bad for the
children who have to suffer because their parents came here illegally but blame
is to be put on the parent not the USA. They knew better.
I completely understand the point of view of those who don't want undocumented
workers to be here. They feel threatened because they don't want their jobs
taken. They feel scared because they feel like their country is being taken over
by "aliens". It's okay to feel scared and uncertain but the one thing I ask is
that you don't assume all Latinos are "illegal". It's gotten to a point in Utah
where I will literally be given dirty looks by white people when I go to the
store because of their assumptions. NEWS FLASH: JUST BECAUSE I HAVE DARK SKIN
DOES NOT MAKE ME A LAW BREAKER!!! Oh yeah, I speak English too! I know people
assume otherwise because there ARE so many undocumented workers here in Utah.
But instead of blaming whomever has dark skin for the current crime rates write
your congressman to demand IMMIGRATION REFORM and VOTE!!!
Sara Israelsen-Hartley and Amy K. Stewart, shame on you. Our legal system shows
justice and mercy to these criminals. They have the choice to go back home in
one piece, or to plead their case before our courts.I respect the
laws of Mexico when I am in that country. If I don't, I face the risk of
rotting in a filthy jail cell for the rest of my life. I respect the laws of
the Philippines when I visit there, where my immigration documents state "Death
to Drug Traffickers." My co-workers in Mexico City wear business suits, live in
homes no worse than what my grandparents lived in, and drive the same type of
cars I do, thanks to the U.S. economy providing millions of jobs to the third
world.Everyone has families. This is no reason to justify breaking
the laws of other countries.You need to get your facts straight.
There are many opportunities for education and work in Mexico and other
countries in the urban centers, just like here in the U.S. But if I go to a
remote town in North Dakota there aren't too many jobs there, either.
I have seen the courts in St. George stuffed with illegals. I have heard that in
every area where the illegals live, they have the highest crime rate, drop-out
rate, teen pregnancy rate, etc. We should let the tired, poor, etc., into our
country, but should we allow those who are not willing to assimilate. I say let
everyone who is willing to live and work for the American dream, come and live
it! But, if you are here to merely take the dream from those who are already
here and then send it back "home", then please stay "home" and build your dreams
where your heart is.
Thank you for your comment INTERNATIONAL TRAVELER,You are quite
correct. We always respect other countries and laws when we travel outside the
USA. We would never enter a country illegally. Some people are raised with good
moral values no matter how poor they are. They also respect other peoples
property, and don't go around committing crimes, and never expect something for
free. These illegals See how many freebies they can consume with there woe is me
rhetoric. If that doesn't work--THEN ITS TIME TO GO STEAL IT!
I hope people here are NOT LDS, because that's not what we are taught at Church.
Love thy neighbor, etc.Before you judge people, you need to know the
following FACTS:1) Being an ILLEGAL in the US is NOT a crime, is just a
misdemeanor.2) To come legally to work in the US is almost IMPOSSIBLE.3) Our General Authorities asked the Utah legislators to see the HUMAN part of
the ILLEGAL immigration problem. To show compassion on the issue.I don't
see NONE of that on most of the comments in this blog.You are a bunch of
hypocrites like the opponents of Jesus in the New testament, who asked everybody
to obey the LAW. The law breakers were many times killed.One day all of
us will be accountable for our actions and thoughts.REPENT!
I know one of the journalists who wrote this piece, and I must admit that
although I love her a lot, I am disappointed in this biased piece of work. If
someone wants to come to this country, there are legal means available to them.
Does it take a long time? Yes, it can but the person wanting in has NO right to
insist that they be granted entrance at all, let alone in a speedy fashion.
This nation cannot possibly take in and care for all of the world's (or even the
hemisphere's) poor. It is mathematically impossible. So until we start to
enforce our laws, our own society will get closer and closer to disintegration.
Then who will hire the illegal workers? To be a sovereign nation, we MUST
control our borders and those who enter the country. I also say that it hurts
to see families, especially children, upset and in pain over this, but it is the
natural consequence of their illegal actions. Don't break the law and you will
not suffer these consequences and your family will stay together.
The problem I have is this: the illegals come here because the US takes care of
them. They are given welfare benefits (I work in a hospital and see how many
are on welfare type insurances). Our own citizens, those who were born and
raised here cannot get government help when needed, most of the time. I am a
single mom and I work 10+ hour days to make it because there is no help
available to a single mom of 1 child. If we took care of our people first, I
would have no problem with our country helping anyone... but we don't. It's
very sad! Our deficit is growing at a scary rate because we are taking care of
everyone else first. It scares me of what will happen to our country if this
Last time I checked a misdemeanor is a crime. Last time I checked the LDS folk
were encouraging people to stay in their native country and make it better (ever
heard of perpetual education fund?) I cannot find anywhere in the bible where
Jesus says to break the laws of the land. Even the LDS article of faith 13 says
something about following the law. And, it is against the law (i.e. a crime) to
enter a country (any country) illegally. And, I love ALL my legal neighbors,
from any country.
These people were doing their best for themselves and their families. To do so
they risk everything to come here and be treated inconsiderately by bigots.
Those deported in this raid were working hard to provide for their families.
Would you do any different. If I was providing for my family and struggling with
little hope, I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing. They are people of faith,
family oriented and hard working. I'm glad they're here and I think they add to
You're Spanish is ridiculous, you're easily some whitebread return missionary
who never "came home". Next subject for you to study: Economics! Learn how
these illegals are crushing our economy and making the dollar worth nothing.Wake up, buddy! The "rights" of these people went out the window when
they illegally were taken across by los coyotes.
Yes, I am LDS, but not an idiot. Wake up and open your eyes to what's going on
here! Are you just off your mission from Latin America? Maybe when you start
into the "real world", you will understand where all 200 of us who have
commented on this are coming from! The good thing for you is you can
practice your poor Spanish with these illegals...
TimJ is right on. The problem, TimJ, is that Americans are too selfish to offer
to help do this. I've lived in Mexico and there are plenty of "work wanted"
signs. You just have to be educated. The LDS Church understands that education
is the way out of poverty. Can you imagine if the U.S. implemented something
akin to the perpetual education fund in Mexico? "We'll help you get educated,
but you'll have to pay it back, with some small interest." We could help solve
the problem in Mexico, but there'd be an outcry of, 'why should we do what there
government isn't doing?' (which would be justified if we didn't do it here
first, I admit).
If it's so great in South America and medical care is so good and life is great,
why are so many coming to USA? Why are so many illegals here sending money
south to bring more here illegally? Stay there and make your own country
better. If you don't care enough to fight to make your homeland better, wallow
in your own condition. STOP making my country sink lower and lower in
standards. GO HOME.
2/3 of illegal aliens (read Mexicans) do not even have a high school education
in Mexico---no wonder wages are depressed by them in the US--no skills!!!Uneducated low wage Illegal aliens cost US taxpayers $2,700 per illegal
household per year, even after paying their taxes!!! ***If illegal
aliens receive amnesty, the estimated annual deficit would increase from
$2,700 per household to nearly $7,700, for a total net cost of $29 billion!!!
And some say illegals pay their way? NO WAY!!! Services such as
Medicaid ($2.5 billion); treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food
assistance, food stamps, WIC, free school lunches ($1.9 billion); federal prison
and court systems ($1.6 billion); federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion)added up
to more than $26.3 billion in costs for the US in 2002 and the illegals paid
only $16 billion in taxes, creating a deficit of almost $10.4 billion. CHECK OUT THE SOURCE BELOW*** This was a study by the Center for
Immigration Studies--- an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research
organization founded in 1985. It is the nation's only think tank devoted
exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social,
demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.
Lisa: They can get temporary food help at the food bank. peggy:
Migrant farm workers are here on work visas. The "family" of 16 that
live down the street from me all work in construction, except one son who works
at a fast food outlet. My personal observation: these raids are
being held because of the elections coming up, and if the wrong people are
elected, they will stop once the elections are over.
Send all the illegal people in this country to their own countries. If they
come here LEGALLY that is ok. Keep the criminals out of this country. Obey the
laws of the land or go to jail or be sent back where you came from. You can go
home and use what you have learned here to find ways to get jobs and help your
own country to be better.
Some thoughts from the late John Lennon about people getting
along:Imagine all the people living for todayImagine all
the people living life in PeaceNothing to kill or die (and hate) forImagine all the people Sharing ALL the worldNo need for GREED or
HUNGARImagine a Brotherhood of ManYou may say I'm a
dreamer,but I'm not the only oneHope someday You'll join usand the world will live as one...
To: R U LDS? | 10:51 p.m. Feb. 9, 2008 1)Being illegally here is a
crime. Crimes are separated into groups i.e. Felony, misdemeanors. There are
also traffic offenses which fall into a different category, but can have the
crimes attached to them.2)It is NOT impossible to come here to work
legally! We have EIGHT migrant worker programs. Some farming areas have a huge
influx of workers (without families) during the planting through harvest
seasons. The workers send almost all their money home. Most can provide for 3-5
families during the months they stay.3)To show compassion does NOT
mean to ignore laws or allow our country to perish. We as a people should be
treating others (including illegal immigrants) with respect and dignity. We
should be providing a way for families to safely return to their homelands. That
would be the compassionate thing to do. FYITaking quotes out
of context will rarely win an argument or persuade others to your way of
thinking. Try to make an educated argument.
8 USC 1325 does indeed make entering the country illegally a crime. Please take
a moment to read Title 8, in full before commenting. It does make you look like
an idiot.And all this xenophobic and racist talk...how many
Hispanic-AMERICAN ICE agents were doing their sworn duty at Lindon? Around 60%.
Are they racist for DEFENDING THEIR COUNTRY?! No, they are true AMERICANS!
Some of the pictures they use for these articles give me the HEE-BEE-GEEBIES!
The John Lennon song has nothing to do with illegals breaking the laws. And for
your information Americans give a lot of support to other countries, so I don't
know where you are comeing from with greed? I do know however that many
Americans are homeless and hungry. So we as Americans should serve, help and put
our American citizen's FIRST! I think it's well know that Mexico is the Greedy
country were talking about. Mexico should care for their own. It is not an
American problem to take care of illegal Mexicans.
The John Lennon song DOES HAVE Much to say on the subject of Sharing the
resources of the World.Andrea, Thanks for responding.Most people who come here to the USA (the way many do) do so out of
desperation. They come to hopefully find a better life. Many don't have much
in resources or education. The countries that many leave are very SELFISH
about sharing the wealth. Hungar is terrible.Jesus taught us
to SHARE. The person who posted a little earlier on this site about coming from
missionary service KNOWS that things are REALLY BAD in some countries, because
they SAW it and SAW the reality.To quote from another song by Joe
South,Walk a Mile in my Shoes,Walk a Mile in my Shoes,Before you criticise, accuse, and abuse,Walk a Mile in my Shoes.I don't mean to be harsh, but it is very HARD to totally understand
someone else's plight until one has seen their world.God Bless
you Andrea. God Bless all who have addressed this issue.This
is a tuff situation. That's why it is SO controversial. Those
seeking high political office have to deal with it too.God Bless....
My responses are not being posted. I guess you only want to post comments that
say things like "send the illegals to jail or deport them" I hope Anjie
realizes that not all people with white skin assume the worst and some of us
even learn Spanish so we can communicate . As I said on a comment that was not
posted, I hope these comments don't show a true representation of the majority
of the attitudes of people in Utah. We really haven't come very far in the past
50 years-there was a time when Japanese could not be naturalized citizens,even
though their children were born American citizens. Laws change over the years,
but people do not. Sometimes you just have to do what is right...you didn't
post my comments on helping the families of the men arrested. To RU LDS-at at
least they post you.I also referred to the leaders asking legislators to show
compassion.And I agree with you-I hope the people posting are not LDS.If so,
they read a different version of 2 Nephi 2.
To 2:45You miss the WHOLE POINT! You leave out American laws. Are
you blind to this FACT? Breaking our laws are not Christian...along with
stealing and murder. You just don't seem to get it. It is not the fault of
Americans that Mexican people come here looking for a handout. We have our poor
too. You are so one-sided that it is crazy.I will never feel sorry for law
breakers. Please quit using God and religion for breaking our laws. They do not
go together!!! Shame-on-you!
To John Lennon song,Can we share the trillions of dollars in debt
too?We have 8 migrant worker programs.Anyone who is
willing to enter legally is welcome.The USA has helped make Mexico
very wealthy. They don't have the debt we do. They have our money. It is sent
"home" by those who will always be Mexicans.
hey Dnews send your reporters out to where all the accusations or sites of
freebies , are being committed , address them in a fair fashion. Visit the slums
that once were good neighborhoods, check how sweet the landlords live. Check the
emergecy rooms...schools which leave our American teachers and children behind
just to justify the word compassion..but most of all check what was signed into
legislation under Bush called "The North American Union in 2005" then you will
get a grip on how things are comming about. The Legal Americans are voicing
their opinions because they see and won't be confused by rhetoric. This system
was created with full knowledge of our leaders for a reason..the consequences
are recognized by the voters finally. Then look at the solutions as good
journalism does, for just as familiarity breeds contempt. This issue will not go
away and seems to be headed to a volatile situation. Then find out how many good
religious people are actually getting rich off these people. Cause money changes
everything...just check Western Union..I work with many illegals who actually
own villas and businesses then use the cheap labor in Mexico for their own
profit also! Freebies!
Had the proper papers! Even his wife who couldn't sing a note did too! So cry me
a river as wide as the Rio Grande!
The only thing for an illegal to fear is fear it's self. If American laws are
broken deliberately by illegals, then they should fear only being caught and
going to jail. It is their fault and NO ONE ELSE'S!They choose to come
hear knowing that it is wrong and that they as well may end up going to jail,
and If they have any intelligence at all, they would realize that they cannot
blame anyone in America for their well thought-out plan to break our laws. It's
the illegals mistake and theirs alone. They are completely to blame and for
jepordizing their selves along with their family. So take responsibility
illegals and QUIT blaming us!
I make no apologies for the plight of anyone in this country illegally. Have I had a fantastic life? Far from it. Does that mean I'll run to
Canada just because things are tough? I am going to say something
many will disagree with but must acknowledge as true: Mexico is becoming
overpopulated because they are predominantly Catholic and do not practice birth
control because of their faith.If a man can't care for those he has,
should he continue to create mouths he cannot feed? Personal responsibility is
more than just putting food on thetable.A lack of employment
is a self-made condition. They have only themselves to blame. Proponents of illegal immigration cry about families being torn apart. I have
a very simple solution: deport the entire family. They knew they
were here illegally when they began having relations and creating children. What
did they think would happen? Just because the children are citizens by birth
does not mean they cannot be raised in Mexico or points south.I
applaud the raids. It's about time we do what's right for America.And Abagado Finch needs to learn English if he's going to live here.Continue the raids.
If I were an illegal I would start saving up to make my journey back home legal.
And if I were a Legal I would be weary who serves you food in the future!
the worse people invovled in this are the greedy buisness owners who are getting
wealthy by stepping on the backs of the bruised. (paying illegals low wages, not
hiring legal workers, and directly contributing to the crime in america by
RE--WOW you are so right about being weary who serves you food --- I like
Mexican food, but lately eating in their restaurants has made me and my family
very sick. I think the health department needs to go under-cover with
investigation on these joints. They do not like Anglo Saxons. Something is going
on with the food served to Anglos, at least this has been our experience.RE--Poorexcuse You are going nowhere with your posts on here.
Americans do not want to listen to you anymore. You are wasting all your time
typing for a lost cause. Sorry! but you need to be a nice person and help your
Mexican friends back to Mexico. It's up to you!
To Go for it!,You may have misunderstood Poorexcuse @7:31p.I also
think the companies that knowingly hire illegal immigrants should pay very heavy
fines. Some should be jailed for aiding and abetting criminals. Some businesses
should be shut down, their property seized and sold to repay society for their
crimes.That said, the illegal immigrants should not be given amnesty. They
should be sent back, including their families, to their homeland where they can
enter legally or not at all!We have a right to maintain our sovereignty in
this nation. Lawless people create subjugation and have no place (besides jail)
in these United States of America.Come here legally or don't come at
for your advise ..
I see the illegals all across this country, from Washington state to Florida.
When is America going to wake up? The mexicans burn our flags, hoist their own
up, have their holidays and make fun of the USA's. They want free education,
health care, assistance, and all because they are "undocumented". Say it like
it is - they are ILLEGAL. They have broken the law by coming here illegally.
If they have falsified papers, that is a FELONY. Put them where they need to be,
jail. Deport them and their families. Coming here is not a right, but a
priviledge. Priviledges must be earned. and maintained. That means you serve and
sacrifice to live in a free country. I get so fed up with the liberal media
showing their plight. Great - 350 a month in Mexico is a lot like 3500 a month
in Utah. Pretty good money. The illegals complain about our laws and they are
unfair to them. Tool bad. Here is a solution - go back home.
I'm a minority of native american descent and I beg to differ with your
opinion..I too am against illegal immigrants but I am not going to jump on your
bandwagon for sure. In fact if my grandfather hadn't been able to "mix" with
yours in WWII, we'd all be ran by immigrants under a different regime. Another
fact is my great -great -great grandfather chief Big Elk showed compassion to
the Saints at what is refered to as Winter Qtrs. during their time of need of
desperation also. Brigham Young asked our people for refuge from the Mobs and
was able to obtain that by signing a treaty with the Omaha allowing the US
cavalry to provide protection. With out that treaty which I believe was one of
the very few kept by the immigrants , there may have been no Utah or Steve Young
for that matter. So in other words don't go kicking all the minorities
underneath the rug and say you discovered me!
Re WRZThat is wonderful that your folks helped my folks over 170 years
ago, but it has nothing to do with what is happening with the illegals in the
year of 2008! LET'S TALK ABOUT NOW! Things are a bit different nowadays.
I lived for almost 2 years in Mexico City and Guadalajara and surrounding cities
sharing my cultural and sports knowledge and found Mexico to be a beautiful
country with very hospitable and hard working people but lacking in technology
and knowledge and I believe it is true that resources would be better spent in
solving the root cause of the problem which is povertybut I also believe
in obeying the law or working to change the law, however that being said this
influx of immigrants was foretold two thousand years ago in a quote attributed
to Jesus Christ: 3 Nephi 21:12 And my people who are a remnant of
Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, yea, in the midst of them as a lion among the
beasts of the forest 3 Nephi 20:16 Then shall ye, who are a
remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them; and ye shall be in the midst
of them who shall be many; and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts
of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheepCresley
as ideology is perpetuated by historical fact hence why do they replay the
Pioneer day scenary now a days!
I think one of the above commentors directed toward WRZ does refer to a very
racist remark which I believe in no way reflects the feeling of the church
toward minorities. That should be removed as it depicts hate and is very
pertinent to today at this day and time! And I am not on his bandwagon for sure!
I wished people would PLEASE leave religion out of illegals being in the USA. It
is WRONG to use GOD or religion to break laws... It's totally ridiculous! Please tell me what are we dealing with here? A bunch brainless
half-wit incompetent nitwits!!!!Jesus didn't go around killing
people, stealing, robbing, and spray painting peoples property. I'd
like a phone number to report these people as well. I'm tired of all the
real inligthening comment and Hannah get a grip as racist remarks like that are
dispicable to many TODAY right now, as I have grandchild who are of Anglo-Native
American descent unless your in the church and feel the same as that idiot!
on Sunday, Prosecute( I mean persecute) on Monday..where's that celestial love
the kind that is always talked about..oh must mean just for some.
There they go again the christians..stoning each other as in nitwits! yes, quite
All I see on this post are illegals who are racists and bigots! Why dont you
guys quit using our LDS religion as your scapegoat. Its very foolish and wrong!
The church does not accept law breakers.Lately whenever I go into a store
as a legal white American, I receive MANY dirty looks from Mexicans. I feel
that meaning I am here legally, and I as well obey all our laws, that I should
in no way receive such disrespect and hateful treatment from these people. I
personally have done nothing to them. It is true, that 30 years ago,
you would seldom see a Mexican in Utah. Most Mexicans back then would not come
here. It was too much of a cultural shock for them. Our traditions are very
different. However, I really hate being treated in a land that my ancestors
built to this beautiful place we live today, do I deserve such treatment. I have
done nothing wrong.
To Illegals! If you guys want to gripe and grumble because we Americans dont
want you breaking our laws, than PLEASE feel free to EXIT on the nearest highway
back to Mexico. You have come to American and then have the nerve to get on an
American web-site to bitterly spew and tear down our American society for what
we believe in, when you absolutely have right to do this. No one has asked for
your rude racist comments. Why dont you guys find someone else to pick fights
with instead of lawful abiding Americans. We did not ask you to come here to
create start chaos in our country. You have no rights! So please feel free at
any given moment to leave. It would be much better for you than facing jail
Comp USA Let me ask you, are we to ignor all laws broken by illegal aliens
because the are "only here to feed their families"?Of the 58 arrested, one
was released due to a medical condition, another was released because his family
was able to produce his alien registration card (misdemeanor if he fails to
carry it). The others...5 prior deports, and 37 others charged with 151
felonies and misdemeanors NOT related to immigration violations. Should we just
ignor it all?
Just when you think it couldn't possibly get more disgusting in Zion - it gets
even MORE disgusting!
It is good time to enforce American laws to the fullest extent.
Zion can certainly improve as it once was, if people will only learn to respect
the American laws. Utah is a wonderful and beautiful place to live. The Mormon
people once built a clean, secure environment and a peaceful place in which to
raise their families. It is time to bring that peace back to our communities
that our ancestors had worked so hard from nothing to build. I dream that one
day there will be no crimes and that people will dwell here safe once again,
like it was while I was growing up.
We need to secure our boarders. We need a temp. worker permit or visa for those
with jobs. Then we can get rid of anyone that is left not being legal. No One
here illegally should qualify for citizenship, unless the go to the back of the
line. Everyone should learn English.
To Abogado Finch,Also give them the advice to start obeying the law
and they can start by going back to their country of origin. Sure they can
fight it by getting an attorney, but they are breaking the law, period!
Conditions will continue to get worse until this issue can be resolved. Explain
that to them as well.
oh, excuse me i did't consider the audience...remember as the above post stated
"white is always rigth so don't get uptight" shades of group with the burning
crosses and this is how that group started...i just send these worthless
blogs..as if anyones going to be converted...not even the haters ..as that was
always there anyways..but there really is some use as these are sent to the
other religious denominations to help determine who really walks the walk..such
as you guys just had a powerful leader pass away who wouldn't condone what many
are trashing that he preached from the pulpit. Have a good day as I will no
longer continue my discussions with the fine young men until conditions change
from within. Thank you and god bless each and everyone of you!
God bless Zion -I dream that one day the people of Zion will wake up and
realize how much they have turned into the nasty people of the 3rd Reich and
discard or change the bad laws.
will begat persecution! Are you guys going to the show me state someday, which
will suddenly overflow that state with untold numbers amongst a people who might
not accept your culture either. Interesting even if done legal and aren't you
also to become the most persecuted according to your prophecies also. Just a
question..maybe I'm wrong.
I agree that we need to keep the humanity in the discussion of illegal
immigration, but that advice was not a recommendation to increase immigration.
Treat lawbreakers as humans, not sub-human minorities, and processing them for
their crimes. If you want to help them bypass their violation for
the law I think it only fair that I be exempted for any small violations I want
to make in the future, because as a human with my full rights I am still at
fault for my incursions of the law.These laws need to be respected,
we all suffer when they aren't. I work in a financial institution and when it
takes a loss due to someone jumping the country(not just to the south) or using
fake SSN, it passes that loss down to everyone.
The economy is tanking.There appears to be a perpetual war doctrine afoot
that will surely bankrupt the country.People are now turning to the nasty
business of scapegoating entire groups of people.These are the darkest
times in our long, long history.
These people broke the law. If there was a report that 50 known burlgars were
rounded up, we'd be applauding. If they showed pictures of their kids or wives
crying, would we feel bad? It is sad they broke the law and put their families
at risk. Law enforcement and the law abiders are not at fault when we prosecute
or punish law breakers. They made the choice, they face the consequences when
Question-Don't know of any website, phone number, etc. but I think you
might find some information on what you are seeking in a book.It's called
If a government doesn't run right for the people in most countries, what
happens? The people who have the guts to do something finally change the
government. The problem is that we provide a "pressure valve" for Mexico to
release the people who have the courage to do something about it into our
country. So their country never changes. And never will unless we change and
help them change. Mexico has vast natural resources, mild climates, and endless
opportunities. What stops them from prospering (other than their own
govenment)? We do. By letting all the people who take action come over here. We
will not be making anything better for Mexico by making illegals legal. It's
like that old saying- why is there no Mexican Olympic Team? Cause everyone that
can run, jump, or swim is already over here.
Consequences follow actions. What don't they understand about that?Sorry, no sympathy. They knew the consequences when they came here.
To all illegals!Please notify all your illegal friends, that the TIME HAS
COME to pack your bags and leave Utah and head back home. You need to spread
the word to your families and friends. However, if you dont think to take heed
to my words. Then plan to spend some good old jail time, and guarantee you, you
WILL NOT enjoy your jail visit, and you will have wished that you had listened
to my plea.Thank you
Dumb laws created during the early 90's recesion when illegals were being blame
for just about anything under the sun .. need real leadership at Federal level
vote OBAMA 08 !! McCain too .. hehe down with Mitt Rattmney
Scapegoating entire groups of people, like what happened in Nazi Germany, is not
a good thing.
Break American laws and go to jail. It's the best place for criminals. No one is
to blame for the law breaker- crime-maker, but the crime maker him self.
oh, I forgot this is a new day!
Your Spanish is very bad. Try taking a Spanish class and learn how to speak true
Spanish. Spanish slangs don't work well in America or Spain!
WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU TAKING ABOUT? MAKES NO SENSE!An advice to the
families. Fight by its rights. The deportation is not signed fast, speaks with
lawyer first by verifying its rights. Not all, but many tendran rights that them
serveria but soon inside the immigration process..... MAKES NO SENSE!!!!
Go to the Minuteman website. They are an anti illegal immigration website and I
bet they have information for.Also in repsonse to BOM. Mercy can not rob justice. We can work out of a compromise but there
must be a mediator who will pay the debt for thier crime. They msut pay a debt
before any compromise is agreed upon!
this is the fraud capital of the united states of america...write it off just
like the financial institutions do when it all said and done with. There have
been scams after scams involving education and banking here in utah which
because of tight hob nobbing ...insurance..the money is lost and that lost is
passed down to the consumer. Plus I don't bye into the BOM so you know what what
you can do with that!
I suggest to all on this blog to go and read about illegals coming here to the
USA on the internet, and read about the disease these people are bringing here.
You tell me then if this is not something to be extremely concerned about. This
is truly unfair to our legal Americans.
Finally, someone is going to start sending these law breakers home. It's about
time. Please stop with all the "tearing families apart" baloney. They are all
welcome to have a reunion tomorrow morning in their own county. What is truly
sad about the situation is that the President of Mexico is a pathetic idiot who
spends his time meddling in the affairs of the U.S. rather than doing something
to help his own people by creating jobs for them in their own country.
What kind of a leader spends his time exporting his own people to a foreign
nation and then trying to get them citizenship in that country? What an idiot!
We need to send twelve million invaders back to their own country to start a
I have only one question:Are mexicans capable of obeying the law or
not?If they are then do they only choose which laws they want to
obey and if any one questions them they are racist?
There is only sadness and fear when people are not obeying the law? What else
should they be feeling?Also, mercy can only be extended when justice
can be satisfied in some way.Such as Jesus paying for sins. Someone
"Sharon Elementary School in Orem is 50 percent Hispanic" "Orem Junior High,
with a student population that's 21 percent Hispanic"Well, that would
explain all all spray painted fences around here.
I just feel sorry for all the missionaries in Mexico as I am sure many of these
not so loving blogs are sent there in reference in how the members really feel
about these people. I am sure your new Prophet will answer you guys straigth
up..until then some of you need to maintain some kind of harmony in your own
lives. These people were exploited by the corporations and the administrations
going back to Clinton. After 9/11, the borders should have been immediatly
secured , law enforcement cross trained instead the flood gates were opened to
various regions of the nation. Full knowledge of this was known all along of
this situation and was allowed to get worse. It will be interesting what your
leader will have to say on this until then I would think the lynch mob attitude
as many of these blogs illustrate are not the peace unto the world approach
neccessary as you are putting some innocent missionaries somewhere in danger or
harms way by making some of the hateful remarks! He or she might just be someone
To: Animalous | 10:01 p.m. Feb. 13, 2008 Are you threatening the LDS
missionaries?FYI you don't have to be LDS to read this paper or live
in Utah.It is a good thing that the FBI&INS/ICE can access your
address though your posts.