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Utah’s Immigration Meddling

By Jesse Fruhwirth
Posted // December 22,2010 - Neither major immigration bill proposed by state Democrats or Republicans finds favor with Salt Lake City immigration attorney Mark Alvarez [see “Mark Alvarez on the Ideal Immigration System,” Dec. 9, City Weekly]. Commenters agreed that Utah lawmakers’ proposals would make matters worse.

“I agree 100 percent with Mark’s statements,” wrote Cerebro Brillante, “especially that ‘A good society that turns its back on good people becomes a lesser society than it could have been.’”

“It’s a shame that those attempting to craft a state solution to a federal problem haven’t listened to the smart people,” wrote Christopher Stout, a former candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate (he lost to Sam Granato at the 2010 convention). “My position on immigration was crafted by listening to one of the smartest, if not the smartest person on immigration matters in Utah, Mark Alvarez.”

“Both laws [from Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, and Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake] are bad. Both are going to create a policiaco world in Utah,” wrote Jose Gutierrez. “In addition, [Robles’] bill will create a world of cheap workers, human beings of third class or new legal slaves. … let us work all together on a new law that includes immigrants and real specialists in the matter.”

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Posted // January 19,2011 at 16:06

Jesse Fruhwirth is full of "Bad Fruit" A good society places illegals in jail and then deports them. Illegals are criminals know matter how you sugar dress it. The US already has cheap workers. They used to be call American Middle Class. Illegals are stealing assets from the American society. There is no place for then here!


Posted // December 22,2010 at 20:38

Mark is a favorite of mine, as far as authoritive voices. He pointed out in the Dec. 9 City Weekly article that most of the undocumented do not cross the border illegally, but rather simply overstay their visas.

One way to provide a "Utah solution," would be to have a group that provides intercession on part of the immigrants. If they lack no more than a sponsor, let's provide them that.

Has anyone studied why the 11 million undocumenteds are undocumented? What it is they lack that would allow them to be here legally? What percentage lack no more than sponsorships? If we know what it is they are lacking, then we can better decide how to help them.