Utah’s Immigration Meddling 

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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