We live in a wonderful country. Millions of people from around the world want to come here to share what we have. I support the idea that we want to encourage the world’s best and brightest to immigrate to the United States, legally. When we allow people to come here at a controllable rate that will allow them to actually integrate into our culture, a culture that has proved to be the most successful culture the earth has ever seen, it makes us stronger.
However, those who come here illegally should not be rewarded.
Immigration is supposed to be controlled by the Federal Government through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They have the authority to deport illegal aliens, the state does not. That creates a problem when they come to our state, drive without proper auto insurance and use our resources without paying any taxes. The State has tried to deal with Illegal aliens by issuing driving privilege cards and temporary work permits. I understand why the legislature passed these laws, but I believe Utah has gone the wrong direction on this issue.
When John Adams wrote the Massachusetts constitution, he stated “[we are] a government of laws and not of men”. The laws of this nation should apply to everyone, equally. The Federal Government is obviously failing to do its duty to control illegal immigration. I don’t believe Utah should respond by being accommodating to undocumented workers. Undoubtedly, this is a difficult issue, because we want to be compassionate to our fellow man. But laws need to be decided on principles of fairness and moral clarity, rather than just sympathy and compassion. The whole idea of sanctuary cities and states is wrong, and two wrongs don’t make a right.
The most effective tool we have against illegal immigration is proper border control. However, that is clearly under the control of the federal government. The most effective tool we have as a state is E-verify. It is a free program run by the United States Government that takes information from a person’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 and compares it to data from Government records. The Center for Immigration Studies, a center-right non-profit group, reports that the E-verify program is 99.5% accurate. Utah requires E-verify and I support it wholeheartedly.