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Teaparty leader Grover Norquist hypes amnesty, wants "dramatically more immigrants in the U.S." (+ Ali Noorani, Leith Anderson, Shurtleff) - 10/12/12

... General Mark Shurtleff, State of Utah: "In Utah, law enforcement officers do not want to become ICE agents because they feel that is not their responsibility. Police officers are already busy doing their jobs and do not want an extra burden. As law enforcement officers, we believe that punitive immigration laws are actually harmful to public safety." Ali Noorani, Executive Director, National...

Stephanie Mencimer's flawed reporting on Mia Love and immigration (Mother Jones, Margaret Stock, Stuart Anderson) - 09/28/12

... [1]: The controversy over how Utah Republican Congressional candidate Mia Love's family became lawful permanent residents may have another twist - Love may be right about how her family received their green cards, which allowed them to stay in America. The magazine Mother Jones recently argued in an article [authored by Stephanie Mencimer] that Mia Love's story of how her Haitian parents came to...

GOP 2012 Platform on immigration - 08/29/12

... Alabama, South Carolina, and Utah must be dismissed immediately. The double-layered fencing on the border that was enacted by Congress in 2006, but never completed, must finally be built. In order to restore the rule of law, federal funding should be denied to sanctuary cities that violate federal law and endanger their own citizens, and federal funding should be denied to universities that...

Do red states give more to charity than blue states? - 08/20/12

... expected way here. The study shows Utah residents giving 10.6% of their income, followed by Mississippi (7.2%), Alabama (7.1%), Tennessee (6.6%), and so on. While those are the highest percentages, in actual dollar terms residents of California give more than than the top eight percentage givers combined (Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, Idaho, Arkansas, and Georgia). Not...

Julia Preston can't or won't follow the money and power (Mark Shurtleff, New York Times, immigration) - 06/15/12

... Not on Immigrants" [1] about Utah's former Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, a supporter of illegal immigration. The article is a bit like how a worthy country cousin might be introduced into East Coast high society; in this case that high society is the illegal immigration-supporting establishment. Among other things, it also shows that Julia Preston can't or won't follow the money and power on...

ACLU, NILC sue Utah over immigration enforcement bill (HB 497, Cecillia Wang) - 05/03/11

... Center today filed a suit against Utah over that state's new Arizona-style immigration law House Bill 497. Utah governor Gary Herbert signed that bill at the same time as he signed their guest workers bill. Excerpts from an April 21 article in which ACLU attorney Cecillia Wang telegraphed the suit are at [1]. As for what you can do about this: * Recall that David Koch of the Koch family joined...

Shurtleff says Feds won't sue Utah over guest worker scheme (from Utah Compact to America's Compact?) - 04/08/11

Utah recently passed a "guest workers" bill that would have them in effect using a Mexican state as an employment agency. One problem from the perspective of the supporters of the bill: the bill appears to be illegal under federal law, meaning that at the least Utah would need some sort of waiver in order to proceed with the scheme. Needless to say, that's not an issue (link with video). Bearing...

Utah gov. Gary Herbert signs "guest" worker, other immigration bills - 03/15/11

Utah governor Gary Herbert has signed (link) a bill that would create a state-level guest worker program with a Mexican state (see that link for the details). The bill would also reward illegal immigration, encourage more illegal immigration, lower wages for American workers, and even their legislature admits it's unconstitutional. Regarding the last: Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he...

Utah to start own "guest" worker program, collaborating with Mexican government; Shurtleff; HB466 - 03/02/11

Utah is pushing to start their own state-level guest workers program, and they hope to work with the Mexican government (specifically the state of Nuevo Leon) to do it. This program will almost assuredly reduce wages for Americans in that state, it will probably lead to more illegal immigration (due to the network effect), and it will probably also lead to more mixed status families (i.e.,...

From my satire to Tea Party ideas: Mike Lee and child labor - 01/15/11

... and U.S. Senator Mike Lee of Utah who - unbeknownst to me - offered a Constitutional video lecture series about a year ago called "Federal and State Power Kept Separate" (video below, transcript from [1]): Congress decided it wanted to prohibit [child labor], so it passed a law - no more child labor. The Supreme Court heard a challenge to that and the Supreme Court decided a case in 1918 called...

Utah Compact would encourage illegal immigration (Mark Shurtleff, Chamber, Sutherland, Catholic Church) - 11/11/10

... public officials signed "The Utah Compact" (utahcompact.com), a small set of principles on immigration. Rather than curbing illegal immigration, their ideas would encourage more of it. Those involved include Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, the Utah Chamber of Commerce, the Sutherland Institute [1], the Catholic Church, and Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker [2]. Here's their first of five...

Group circulates list of 1300 supposed illegal aliens in Utah, a problematic, counter-productive waste of time - 07/13/10

... illegal immigrants living in Utah. The group sent the list to law enforcement agencies and news media demanding that those named "be deported immediately." ...It is not known who produced the list, although Gov. Gary Herbert has called for an investigation to see if the list was compiled by someone with access to state databases containing personal information. The list contains birthdates,...

Ohio, Illinois, NY, NJ, Penn to lose political power due to massive immigration (House seats; also: IA, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO) - 11/19/09

... (+1), South Carolina (+1), and Utah (+1). States losing House seats: Ohio (-2), Illinois (-1), Iowa (-1), Louisiana (-1), Massachusetts (-1), Michigan (-1), Minnesota (-1), Missouri (-1), New Jersey (-1), New York (-1), and Pennsylvania (-1). If you're located in one of the states in the latter group, that means you're going to lose power. In that case, organize a local effort to take smart...

Utah House to vote on discounted college educations for illegal aliens; Carol Spackman Moss - 01/20/07

Utah state Rep. Glenn Donnelson has been trying for four years to repeal the Utah law that allows illegal aliens to take discounted college educations from U.S. citizens in his state. Now, the full House will vote on the repeal. One of those on the other side is Rep. Carol Spackman Moss who is, naturally, a Democrat. She says it shouldn't be such an issue because there are just "less than 200...

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is a strong supporter of illegal immigration - 01/13/07

... Donnelson's attempt to repeal Utah's law giving illegal aliens discounted college educations: "I'm going to fight it," said Huntsman, who added that he would "very seriously consider vetoing" a repeal. Oddly similar: Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a similar pledge a couple days ago. Perhaps they're sharing notes or the same people are telling them what to do.

Chris Cannon: few endorsements; SLT for Burridge, his "comprehensive" opponent - 11/02/06

... (unfortunately) Rep. James Sensenbrenner. Utah governor Jon Huntsman and Senator Orrin Hatch (also pieces of work) have refused to endorse him, and he was forced to remove a link to the Minuteman Project from his website because it looked too much like an endorsement. And, the Salt Lake Tribune has endorsed his opponent. Unfortunately, his Democratic opponent Christian Burridge has this to say:...

Vicente Fox to visit colonies, meet with Alta California legislators - 05/23/06

... American side. He'll be in Utah for three days, then he goes to California. While in Utah he'll meet with Gov. John Huntsman, a supporter of Bush's amnesty scheme. He will also meet with leaders of the Mormon Church which is, unfortunately, like the Catholic Church a strong supporter of illegal immigration. (See also: Western Governors Association wants "guest" worker program and Utah's...

Utah: Illegal aliens worked at top-secret WMD facility - 02/12/06

The Dugway Proving Ground in Utah is a top-secret base where the U.S. Army does research into biological and chemical weapon defense. Nine illegal aliens were caught working there recently. "Just by saying you're working for a subcontractor, you can access one of the most highly top secret installations in the country, dealing with weapons of mass destruction," [U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Utah's problem with "American" politicians - 08/03/05

... scenery and generally nice folks, Utah has given us some really unsavory characters politics-wise. There's Orrin Hatch and his anti-American DREAM Act. And, of course, Rep. Chris Cannon. And, there's one other that was mentioned here before just once: "Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., Mexico, and illegal immigration". The latest disturbing bit on the latter can be found in "Gov. Huntsman's CFR...

Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., Mexico, and illegal immigration - 07/14/05

It appears that Utah's new governor, Jon Huntsman Jr., might be on the wrong side as far as Mexico and illegal immigration are concerned. Although he's "defied" Bush's No Child Left Behind Act, he appears to be in lock-step with Our Leader on the U.S. sovereignty and massive illegal immigration issue. Today's "Fox says he's coming to Utah" describes a Huntsman visit to Mexico. The gov. is giddy...