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Politicians react to the immigration bill in Congress

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  • cjf Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    Immigration is a problem because the are two opposing forces at work. The rich, wealthy business owners will get more cheap labor as immigration is increased. The voters, the American workers, will see their wages and standard of living go down as the supply of labor is dramatically increased.

    That is the reason why there is such a divide in the USA over immigration. That is the reason why immigration reform hasn't happened.

  • Badgerbadger Murray, UT
    July 8, 2013 11:24 a.m.

    I love the way the democrats pretend they are for the people/workers while they pander to the most corrupt corporations demands for cheap labor. This issue is a clear illustration of who the democrats are in bed with.

    Overstaying visas is where most of the border breech occurs, according to the government, but our leaders pretend it can't be changed. E-verify is a token effort, but won't help with overstays. But, with the surveillance capabilities of the NSA, we should have no problem tracking those who are here on temporary work visas, to make sure they either renew or go back when the visa expires. Then the NSA would actually be doing something useful, and would be tracking people who are not citizens and who are engaged in actual illegal acts.

  • techpubs Sioux City, IA
    July 8, 2013 11:46 a.m.

    Apparently there are still many people who don't understand that our Immigration Laws don't need to be revised just because our Gov't has failed to enforce them. If they did as poor of a job of enforcement on DUI, bank robbery, etc. I would be willing to bet that most of you would be calling for enforcement instead of change.
    And the current bill passed by the Senate does not stop illegal immigration. In fact it is only supposed to cut it in half which means we will face this same problem in the future.
    Unless we first fix the enforcement problem we are doomed to repeat the last 25 years.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    July 8, 2013 12:18 p.m.

    With all due respect to the President, I don't think our immigration laws were ever broken. All laws need vigilant enforcement and timely amending to keep them current. But America's established structure of immigration law is basically sound and always has been.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 8, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    "...corrupt corporations demands for cheap labor. This issue is a clear illustration of who the democrats are in bed with...".

    Democrats are simply trying to play catch up to Republicans who have been wed to and make no apologies for being firmly ensconced with corrupt corporation policy for decades.

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    July 8, 2013 3:54 p.m.

    In a different article today, we were informed that many companies are moving towards part time workers. We would not have this problem if those here illegally were not flooding our labor market.

  • tenx Santa Clara, UT
    July 8, 2013 4:47 p.m.

    Politicians don't have a very good track record on the problem of illegal migration. As a result I don't trust them and I think they have an agenda (cheap labor and votes) other than supporting legal immigration reform.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 5:07 p.m.

    @cjf
    "The voters, the American workers, will see their wages and standard of living go down as the supply of labor is dramatically increased."

    Well... the illegal immigrants are already here and working and making below minimum wage at times so I'm not sure this is really as substantive an impact as you think it is and to some extent could see counteracting increases in wages if Americans aren't competing with people making below minimum wage.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    talk about a low information moment.....Didn't the senate, not congress pass the Immigration bill? Why confuse an issue with more confusion!

  • Sasha Pachev Provo, UT
    July 9, 2013 11:06 a.m.

    If you think your problem is that the immigrants are taking your jobs you will always be close to working for minimum wage. Someone who can barely speak English is at a serious handicap. If he is beating you to the job, it means you are quite a loser. Stop being one! Use the gifts that were given you. Learn a skill, get good at it. Maybe spend less time on Facebook, video games, etc, and more time actually learning something marketable - e.g while you are sitting in front of a computer you may just as well learn how to program one.