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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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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2011 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Newseum in Washington. In an opinion piece published Sunday Jan. 27, 2013 in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Rubio wrote that the existing system amounts to "de facto amnesty," and he called for "commonsense reform." (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File)
Western Opinion Sampler: Immigration reform rises ...

A year ago, Utah was leading with humane immigration reform ideas, and Arizona, while active, was more retrograde. Today, at least as measured by their U.S. senators, the roles of the two states seem reversed.

Out of the shadows: Utah’s Lee on the wrong side — Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

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Marco Rubio is right. And Mike Lee is wrong.

These two Republican senators — the former an up-and-comer from Florida, the latter a stick-in-the-mud from Utah — are on opposite sides of the issue, and of history, on one of the few matters that stands a chance of being reasonably addressed by Congress this year: immigration reform. ...

McCain, Flake leading way on immigration reform — Arizona Republic Editorial

Arizona’s senators are leading. Arizona will benefit.

As part of the bipartisan group of eight who stood up for immigration reform, Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake began solving a problem that has hurt Arizona for years.

They are highly qualified to guide this effort, with a full history and understanding of the complexities. ...

Immigration nation — David Fitzsimmons | The Arizona Daily Star

Bulletin: A bipartisan group of senators, including Senator John McCain, the human pretzel, has agreed on a proposal to secure the border, secure re-election, secure the Latino vote, grant legal status to illegal immigrants and hire back their housekeepers, nannies and former lovers.

Immigration overhaul? GOP, Dem senators vow action — AP/Salt Lake Tribune

Bipartisan Framwork for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Obama launches push for immigration overhaul — AP/Salt Lake Tribune

Hatch bill would boost visas for skilled immigrants — Matt Canham | The Salt Lake Tribune

Ex-Las Vegan Rubio outlines a GOP vision for immigration reform — Sen. Marco Rubio | For The Las Vegas Review-Journal

... Both sides should want this kind of common-sense reform. To those concerned about illegal immigration, what we have now is de facto amnesty. To those looking to help the undocumented, families will continue being separated by deportations as long as politicians keep bickering and trying to outdo each other. ...

Immigration reform: President reveals plan in Las Vegas today — Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial

Momentum building toward meaningful immigration reform — Deseret News Editorial

... Frankly, Congress could do worse than to rally around the principles outlined in the Utah Compact, which establishes basic principles to guide immigration reform discussions and legislation. That ground-breaking document was signed by leaders of business, politics and religion in Utah and has served as a framework for defining issues related to immigration. ...

A path to citizenship — Bishop John C. Wester | For the Deseret News

... From a faith perspective, amnesty is not a dirty word. As people of faith, which the majority of Americans are, we have been granted amnesty from a loving and merciful God who in His compassion has offered us forgiveness and eternal life. ...

Right approach on immigration — Denver Post Editorial

Despite a lack of details, we are hopeful about the reforms unveiled by a bipartisan group of senators.

Lofgren can point the way on immigration reform — San Jose Mercury News Editorial

This could be Zoe Lofgren's moment. The sudden prospect of serious immigration reform has energized San Jose's congresswoman, who has been working on this since her first term 18 years ago. President Barack Obama has in Lofgren the perfect torchbearer for the reform he has promised since 2008, and Silicon Valley's immigrant families and tech community will be cheering her on. ...

Immigration finally is on the front burner — Sacramento Bee Editorial

"The Democrats want it and the Republicans need it," said David Gergen, adviser to four presidents, on immigration reform. ...

Immigration reform key for orchards, industry — Spokane Spokesman-Review Editorial

Immigration reform, finally — San Francisco Chronicle Editorial

It won't produce a quick fix for U.S. immigration policy, but at least senators are talking reform — Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

Immigration reform finally gets a political opening — Tacoma News-Tribune Editorial

Congress must do its job and fix immigration — Oakland Tribune Editorial

The 2007 immigration bill set border security targets. We’ve hit most of them — Suzy Khimm | Wonkblog

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