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My view: The police's role in immigration bill

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  • RichardB Murray, UT
    June 21, 2013 2:16 a.m.

    If the law says it's your responsibility, then it's your job. It's not a police chiefs job to decide what laws to enforce.

  • VickieB SLC, UT
    June 21, 2013 3:44 a.m.

    Going from law enforcement to labor enforcement? I disagree, if a person breaks the law it's a law officers duty to arrest them. Not doing your duty causes a lack of respect for all of law enforcement.

    The only way we will get this dishonest mess cleaned up is with a stronger border, more immigration judges, e-verify, and local enforcement. When someone is found to be here illegally, they should be turned over for deportation. These were promises made to the people in the 1986 amnesty bill. We need them enforced.

  • watchman Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    Chief Burbank says, "police officers must maintain the trust of the communities we protect."

    How can you maintain the trust of the citizens if you do not at least detect (perhaps not detain) those that have broken the law by being here illegally?

    By closing one eye to these not in compliance with the law of the land you further encourage your city to remain a sanctuary that invites more of the illegal element.

  • Ett Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    Once again, we hear from our illustrious Chief. I worked for the law for nineteen years in Kansas. I never found it within my purview to pick and choose which laws I enforced. Apparently Chief Burbank thinks it's all right to turn a blind eye to violators breaking laws he doesn't agree with. Fortunately for us, there are still those in law enforcement who take their duties seriously.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 21, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Yes we should tie up our overworked, understaffed, under paid, under appreciated, police force with what amounts to checking peoples papers who don't look mericon. Awe, how romantic in your best german accent "give me your papers"
    I don't have any, that's OK we'll wait, better call in back up, this guy may or may not be committing a misdemeanor.

    I prefer the police take care of violent criminal acts, and the millions of lawbreaking Utonians who believe speed limits and blinkers are more of a suggestion then the Law.

    I'm just not a xenophobe this country can figure out something better, than the "New Berlin Wall."

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    June 21, 2013 8:29 a.m.

    @Richard B
    And what law currently on the books says he needs to do this? The only law currently passed in this state allows police chiefs(like Chris Burbank) to decide if they want to deputize their officers to enforce immigration law or not. He's chosen not too. In fact, I can't think of an area with a decent sized hispanic population in Utah that has chosen to enforce this law.

  • watchman Salt Lake City, UT
    June 21, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Noodlekaboodle, " I can't think of an area with a decent sized hispanic population in Utah that has chosen to enforce this law." Aside from there being more Hispanics that seem to be here illegally, we should also be concerned with the countless people from other countries, India and Pakistan recently reported, who have crossed over our southern border illegally, and what they are here for.

    We seem to be spending billions of dollars in other ways trying to mitigate the terrorist problem, why does it not seem sensible and feasible to ask our local police to help?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 21, 2013 9:56 a.m.

    The terrorist came across the Northern border so why no cry fro a wall there?
    Besides, this is about immigration not terrorism.

  • Watch Dog Provo, UT
    June 21, 2013 10:47 a.m.

    Chief Burbank says, "police officers must maintain the trust of the communities we protect."

    Mr, Burbank! I must ask why you are not concerned about "maintaining the trust" of the rest of the people in the communities you "protect?" You know, that other group, those who are here legally.

    Whenever you favor one group over another (yes, there ARE still some of us here legally!), you lose the trust of the other group.

    Also, please advise how your oath of office to support and enforce our laws allows you to pick and choose which laws you choose to enforce and what enables you to ignore other laws. You obviously have not figured out that you DO NOT have any such option...to pick and choose, I mean. This, Mr. Burbank, is normally referred to with such words as bigoted, racist, discriminatory, etc. Shame on you!

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    June 21, 2013 11:09 a.m.

    People who sneak into our country illegally or stay illegally will already be paranoid of law enforcement. There is little chance of gaining the trust of those who behave in an untrustworthy way. Trust is not in their life view.

    Watch Dog rightfully points out that there are myriads of law abiding citizens who would have much more trust for law enforcement if they diligently enforce ALL our laws for ALL people.

  • VickieB SLC, UT
    June 21, 2013 2:14 p.m.

    Noodlekaboodle

    Wasn't the Chief talking about future laws? So the person would be addressing Burbank's refusal to obey the laws in the future. The article talks about pending legislation in the house and senate.

    So much dishonesty in the pro-illegal movement. If it's not stopped it will spill over into other areas.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    June 21, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    Time to call Mayor Becker and tell him how you feel about his law breaking police chief.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    June 21, 2013 6:18 p.m.

    Who has done more damage to our country? Illegal immigrants or Wall Street. The migrant worker keeps the price of food low. Anyone want their food bill to double-Triple? Not me.
    We were forced to bail out Wall Street and banks at the cost of 1.5 Trillion dollars.
    This is like getting upset about someone taking apples from your tree-illegal immigrants.
    When someone else is burning down your house-wall Street and bankers.
    I support what Burbank says. Better to go after those who are committing real crimes-felony. Than all your time enforcing misdemeanor violations.
    If we are going to enforce all the laws, let’s start with adultery and fornication.
    Time spent round them up and bringing them in, it less time the cops are on the streets stopping the real crimes being committed.
    I would much rather have a chief Burbank in charge, than a chief Joe Arpaio.
    In the end Chief Burbank can stand tall, that he did the right thing, and did not bow to the winds of racism.

  • SLars Provo, UT
    June 21, 2013 8:49 p.m.

    VIDAR
    Social security fraud, id theft, and perjury (i-9) are felonies. A person cannot come here legally with a felony, and those here on green cards can be deported for a felony.

    There is no way someone here illegally, and working, should not be deported.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    June 22, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    SLars

    Provo, UT

    So now it is against the law to work hard, and take care of your family.
    Here is a simple question. If you were in their situation, what would you do?

  • SLars Provo, UT
    June 22, 2013 11:17 p.m.

    VIDAR

    My family came legally. Over a million do each year. The largest percentage come from Mexico, a country with the 13th best economy in the world, and a food stamp type program. They are not coming here because they are staving, their coming for higher wages.
    Social security fraud, id theft, and i-9 perjury is not working hard, it's breaking the law.

  • danaslc Kearns, UT
    June 23, 2013 7:54 p.m.

    It is only a real en-force law if you are a citizen. That is the crime in all of this. They are after the taxpayer as usual and not the one who breaks the law by walking in and taking entitlements.