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Bishop, local leaders sign ‘Utah Compact’ on immigration reform

November 12, 2010

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City joined other governnment, business, and religious leaders in signing the “Utah Compact” on immigration reform.

“I’m hoping that we can speak loudly and clearly that we do not want oppressive and Draconian legislation,” said Bishop Wester. “We do not want our state to take the place of the federal government” in enforcing immigation laws. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff concurred: “local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code,” he said.


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  • Posted by: Bernadette - Nov. 13, 2010 1:14 PM ET USA

    Hey! That's an interesting angle: 1.5 million to replace the l.5 million abortions. I guess it's going to happen anyway and not for that reason.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Nov. 12, 2010 6:23 PM ET USA

    Utah's compact may be fine for Utah, but they aren't experiencing the border gun battles, the rampant drug and human trafficking, and other forms of criminal activity that Arizona is. Arizona's law mirrors federal law, and was enacted because the federal government has not fulfilled its Constitutional duty of protecting citizens from "enemies, both foreign and domestic." When that situation changes, the Arizona law can certainly be repealed. I doubt Utah wants these criminals, either.

  • Posted by: Howard6284 - Nov. 12, 2010 3:11 PM ET USA

    Utah has decided to leave the immigration issue to the Feds. Perhaps the Utah compact should enter into an agreement with Arizona to take their illegals. This would solve everything.

  • Posted by: Chatholic - Nov. 12, 2010 11:38 AM ET USA

    I understand citizens concerns about porous borders and the problems that can create. I'm not talking about bigotry. But at least from the south, the majority of legal and illegal immigrants are our brothers and sisters in faith. This is a good thing in some ways. America will eventually be a majority Catholic country. So, here's a Catholic solution. Let in 1.5 million more immigrants in reparation for the 1.5 million abortions that are performed here every year.