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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

UTAH LATEST STATE TO PASS IMMIGRATION BILL

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The Utah Legislature has sent SB 81, an immigration bill, to the Governor who is expected to sign it in to law. The bill will do the following:



1. Sheriffs in Utah will need to determine the citizenship status of persons charged with felonies and will notify DHS of people whose legal status cannot be verified;



2. Unauthorized immigrants may not get liquor licenses.



3. Limits the production of identification documents to government agencies and such documents may only be issed to US citizens, nationals, or green card holders. Exception is made for people in nonimmigrant status, asylees, refugees, TPS holders and pending adjustment applicants. These applicants can only get identification documents valid only for the duration of time the person is authorized to be in the US. University IDs are not included in the new law.



4. Government agencies must verify their employees through E-Verify.



5. Businesses that contract with government agencies must begin using E-Verify by July 1, 2009.



6.Government agencies shall verify the legal status of recipients of public benefits



7. The Utah Attorney General is directed to negotiate a state-level 287(g) agreement between the state's law enforcement officials and DHS for enforcing immigration laws



8. Under Utah law, transporting or harboring unauthorized immigrants for commercial advantage is a felony (exception for humanitarian assistance

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  1. You know what this means's Avatar
    People in utah are racist. How dare them enforce the law!
  2. huh?'s Avatar

    i don't know what "them" mean, please enlighten the ignorant among us
  3. A Nony Mouse's Avatar
    Irony: Pointing out grammatical errors via a comment riddled with them.

    #1 seems like a double edged sword to me. I suspect some will claim it to be unconsitutional, but others will point out that it gives illegal immigrants more incentives to stay on the "right" side of the law (which they already do, as Greg recently reported).

    #4 is nice, though. Holding governmental agencies accountable for double-standards is a smart move.
  4. You know who
    "Them" is the racist Americans who are acting like the gestapo and enforcing laws. How dare they!

    If people sneak into the country, they deserve an award and instant green card. If you don't agree with me on that, you hate immigrants.

    You don't hate immigrants do you? You aren't a purveyor of hate like Lou Dobbs are you?
  5. that simple? 's Avatar
    If people sneak into the country, they deserve an award and instant green card. If you don't agree with me on that, you hate immigrants.

    You don't hate immigrants do you? You aren't a purveyor of hate like Lou Dobbs are you?


    I don't agree with you and I don't hate immigrants. I am one.
    i do believe that some kind of rational solution is needed for the 12 million who are here though. Can't just deport them. Everyone will hurt. Will have to legalize so get used to that idea- just need to make sure that 1) legal immigrants in line are taken care of and 2) stiff employer penalties and oversight are in place so that no 12 million can ever accumulate again.
    Thanks for reading.
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    "Them" is the racist Americans who are acting like the gestapo and enforcing laws. How dare they!

    Is not a practical solution and it will not resolve the problem take the blinders off and use your brain a little.
    "If people sneak into the country, they deserve an award and instant green card. If you don't agree with me on that, you hate immigrants."

    I do not think anyone is saying that at all, none of the proposals to fix the current immigration system say that either. You are pulling this one out of you a...... A practical solution that solves a problem of huge proportions would be the smart thing to do.

    "You don't hate immigrants do you? You aren't a purveyor of hate like Lou Dobbs are you?"

    From your comments you are either not very smart or you are a devoted Dobbs watcher because you articulate his positions very well. I think is a combination of both, but hey its a free country so go on hating immigrants if that does it for you.
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    ""Them" is the racist Americans who are acting like the gestapo and enforcing laws. How dare they!"

    Not all those who oppose illegals and want to enforce the law are racists. But, there are several racists among the law enforcement group. In the Senate, there are at least three: David Vitter, Jeff Sessions and Jim DeMint. In the House there are several led by Marsha Blackburn, Nathan Deal and Lynn Westmoreland.

  8. Macaca's Avatar
    "People in utah are racist. How dare them enforce the law!"

    These people are not only racist, but used to slavery. Look at the big picture.

    For twenty years, people from across the southern border have been doing all our hard, back-breaking work - picking the agriculture fields; cleaning our houses, offices, and streets; taking care our sick, elderly, and infirm - quite often at, or below, minimum wage. Doing what most of us would not willingly do. We allowed them to come here and live for 20 years, raise a family, and bring up their children. That was okay, as long as they remained under the shadows.

    But now that their numbers have grown. We see them everywhere. They are forming their own communities and threatening to dilute our north European culture - never mind if this is the result of undocumented status and restricted mobility. So some people have suddenly discovered the law after winking at it for 20 years. Instead of thanking them for hard work at the lowest strata of society, these racist people want to send them back with their families and children who have grown up here.

    Slavery might have been abolished in its earlier form, but is still practiced as "economic slavery".
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