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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) In this file photo from 2011, Melodia Gutierrez uses a loud speaker as she leads hundreds of opponents to immigration bills passed previously by the Utah Legislature.
Editorials: Marking a holiday about immigrants ...

You may have noticed that this blog has been silent for about a week. I was off celebrating the uniquely American holiday that's all about hardships suffered by unpopular groups of immigrants.

So, appropriately, that's what a lot of editorials have been about the last several days.

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- Immigration law: Feds sue Utah for good reasons - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, 11/27/11

The U.S. Constitution grants the federal government supreme authority to regulate naturalization, immigration and foreign policy. So it should surprise no one, least of all Utah legislators, that the federal government has filed suit to invalidate this state’s new immigration enforcement law. Many critics argued from the inception of the Utah law that it was unconstitutional. The federal courts are likely to agree. ...

- Utah immigration law sound - Ogden Standard-Examiner Editorial

... The federal government is repeating its mantra for opposing any state law with the derivative argument that immigration is a federal responsibility. That may be so in theory, but when the federal government abdicates its responsibility, states need to have the right to take measures that the feds intentionally refuse to engage. We're confident that a court, perhaps the U.S. Supreme Court, will look at Utah's HB497, assess its intent, and approve of it. ...

- Immigration cooperation - Provo Daily Herald Editorial

Let's cut through the political and legal gamesmanship on immigration: What is wrong with Utah and the federal authorities cooperating on immigration? ...

- For real reform: Time for an American Compact - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial, 11/28/11

... Even as The Utah Compact has drawn praise from across the nation, other states have pursued only harsh enforcement options. Utah’s own members of Congress have pursued piecemeal approaches that range from building fences and bulldozing environmental regulations along the border to more visas for high-tech workers and extended welcomes for goatherds. ...

... While President Obama’s administration makes contradictory claims about its own deportation practices, and those who would replace him draw applause for suggesting alligator-infested moats, the problem goes unsolved.

The borders that people cross illegally are borders between nations, not states. The economy that pushes and pulls labor from one place to another is global. Those who cross those borders and provide that labor are human beings.

It is past time for the Utah Compact to become the American Compact.

- Gingrich gambles on immigration - Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial

Newly anointed Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich seemed commanding during Tuesday's Republican debate, comfortable as the not-Mitt Romney candidate in a way that Rick Perry and Herman Cain were not.

Perhaps that's why the former House speaker didn't mind taking a gamble with his position on immigration reform, stepping away from a party base committed to throwing out the 11 million to 12 million or so immigrants here illegally. ...

- Newt gets it right on immigration - Denver Post Editorial

... Gingrich's point is unassailable: While it is certainly reasonable to deport illegal immigrants of a relatively recent vintage — and of course any engaged in illegal activity here — it simply isn't practical or "humane" (his word) to go after every productive, longstanding resident with deep ties to the community ....

- Humane immigration enforcement - Deseret News Editorial

... as a student of American history, [Gingrich] also knows the deep-rooted impulse of Americans to side with fairness and with family. He knows that America did not sit by idly when totalitarian regimes engaged in mass expulsion, and he knows it is unrealistic to believe that Americans would favor mass deportation in this country. ...

- A small piece of immigration reform - Los Angeles Times Editorial

Next week, the Department of Homeland Security will roll out a pilot program intended to speed up the deportation of immigrants with criminal records by weeding out low-priority cases. It's a sensible plan, and one that could restore some sanity to a deportation system that wastes time with harmless immigrants and thereby allows dangerous ones to escape its attention. ...

Finally, The Orange County Register marked the holiday last week by rolling out its favorite Thanksgiving chestnut. It is not overtly about immigration, but it still fits.

- Pilgrims' progress toward freedom - Orange County Register Editorial

Conscience is powerful human resource. A life lived in service to truth that abides in one's conscience can transform lives and circumstances. And, as history sometimes witnesses, matters of conscience can make all the difference in the world to ordinary people forced into extraordinary choices. This is the Pilgrim's journey and a valued part of American heritage that we celebrate this Thanksgiving. For the broader Pilgrim journey reveals conscience-driven paths that bore blessings that Americans still reap today. ...



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