Salt Lake City, UT-Friday night, Utah’s legislature passed a new immigration package which includes a law similar to that which Arizona passed in checking the immigration status of potential illegal aliens, which, at first glance, sounds like progress-a good thing. However, as they say, the devils in the details. And there are some pretty big devils.
They say that parts of the law are “reminiscent” of the Arizona enforcement laws. But are they really? The Arizona law allows law enforcement to inquire about the legal status of any “suspected” illegal if they have reasonable suspicion to question their legality, whereas the Utah legislation only permits law enforcement to ask the legal status of anyone who is stopped for a felony or serious misdemeanor.
Now, everyone knows what a felony is, right? However, what in the heck is a “serious misdemeanor?” I tried to look it up on the internet, but it seems to be very subjective. It kind of just depends on who you ask.
Admittedly, I haven’t read the legislation for myself, but in reading the news articles (which are mainly AP), there is also no mention of what would happen to these illegals once they were caught. As my eleven-year-old daughter said, what’s the point in even having a border?
Now, if this were the end of the legislative story, I could at least say that Utah has made some improvement toward closing the gap on illegal immigration. But, as Paul Harvey would say, “and now…the rest of the story.”
Apparently, in order to get this so-called “Arizona-reminiscent” legislation passed, a huge sacrifice had to be made. A little thing called a guest-worker program. Does that term sound familiar? It should, it was abused by the Bush administration for eight years. Yes, I was a Bush supporter, but I didn’t tow the line on everything just because I liked most of the policies.
So, in order to allow our law enforcement agents to actually enforce the law, we now have to allow illegals to somehow become legal workers. But, that isn’t enough. The legislation that passed not only allows illegals to work here legally, they also get to bring their immediate family with them.
As he told the Associated Press, “People think we’ll be seen as compassionate. People will actually see us as weak. They will see we don’t care about the rule of law.”
All of this talk of non-enforcement and guest worker programs is just ridiculous! Let’s invite as many illegals as possible to come work here, bring their families, and then handcuff law enforcement so they can’t do anything to get rid of the ones who are here illegally, even outside the guest worker program. No wonder this country is going to hell in a hand basket!