Even in its non-implemented status, Utah’s thinly veiled amnesty bill, HB116, helps maintain Utah’s status quo of ongoing, virtual non-enforcement of immigration law ("Hard-fought Utah immigration laws may be repealed," Tribune, Feb. 24).
It promotes disrespect for the rule of law. It affirms Utah’s status as an illegal-alien sanctuary state. It sends a message that if a person comes into this country illegally, he will be rewarded, sooner or later, with the very object of his illegality; namely, legal residency status.
It manifests a callous disregard for the well-being of Utahns. It indicates, for example, that in the view of some, a death here, a death there — including Douglas Crow last year — at the hands of illegal aliens is an acceptable price to pay for cheap labor, church membership numbers, and political campaign contributions.
One year ago, Sen. John Valentine said, "If it’s not going to be repealed, then it ought to be at least extended so we can review the issues..."
They’ve had three years. Extending, yet again, the start date of an irredeemable, grossly immoral, blatantly unconstitutional, fiscally outrageous law would be farcical. It should be repealed now.
Salt Lake City
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