Saturday, March 1, 2008

Immigrants and Polygamists

Utah Legislators voted to pass Senate Bill 81 regarding immigration. Senate President John Valentine joined bill sponsor Sen. Bill Hickman, R-St. George, in stating, "We expect the citizens of the United States to obey those laws."

How does this insistence on applying the rule of law apply to polygamists who are committing a felony, yet live undisturbed in Utah? How do Utah legislators reconcile funding education of polygamist children, welfare benefits, and participation in other state programs for these lawbreakers?

How is it that Utah lawmakers can have one set of standards for polygamists, yet have another for illegal immigrants? I have heard over and over again that Utah will leave polygamists alone if they are not breaking any other laws.
Why can't we leave our undocumented workers alone if they are not breaking any other laws?

-Josie Valdez
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Hmmm.....interesting, I don't necessarily agree with the comparison because polygamy is a felony and unauthorized presence in the U.S. is not a crime rather a civil offense. Yet she's right, there's more outrage over a civil offense than a do they even begin to justify that this is still only about "the rule of law", rather than just politicians exploiting xenophobic tendencies for political gain.

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