Utah Illegal Alien News

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Contents

  1. 1 Proof that the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce created the Utah Compact
  2. 2 Republicans reject Utah Compact for immigration platform
  3. 3 Russell Greathouse’s statement on Román acquittal
  4. 4 Judge rules against foes of Utah’s initiative law
  5. 5 Merrill Cook seeks court relief on new ballot petition law
  6. 6 State registering immigration consultants to fight predatory practices
  7. 7 Trap set for Utah liberals snares conservatives, too
  8. 8 Utah Mother Struggles to Protect Her Son's Identity
  9. 9 Enforce E-Verify;  it’s time to provide penalties
  10. 10 Utah hotel loses dozens of employees after ICE audit
  11. 11 Identity theft involving children is a growing crime
  12. 12 Immigration raid nets 3,100 across nation, 54 in Utah
  13. 13 First United Methodist bans term ‘illegal immigrant’ as ‘dehumanizing’
  14. 14 Salt Lake County toughens E-Verify requirement
  15. 15 Apply for a WVC business license, get asked about workers’ status
  16. 16 E-Verify law kicks in for Washington County employers 
  17. 17 Representative Oda urges U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Arizona Immigration Law
  18. 18 Grand America audit finds undocumented workers
  19. 19 Will Romney Play the Illegal Immigration Card against Perry?
  20. 20 Utah’s Deseret News: Mean-Spirited Hypocrisy
  21. 21 Group pushing initiative to punish businesses that hire illegals
  22. 22 UCOII (Utah Coalition On Illegal Immigration) New Website:  Repeal HB116
  23. 23 Guest-worker plan critic apologizes for ‘traitors’ comment
  24. 24 Republican delegates pass anti-guest worker resolution
  25. 25 Utah Republicans should unite against HB116
  26. 26 Washington County Adopts ‘Support Platform / Repeal HB 116′ Resolution
  27. 27 Utah lawmaker to propose bill that mirrors Arizona’s E-verify law
  28. 28 High court sustains Arizona employer sanctions measure
  29. 29 Utah County GOP asks Legislature to repeal guest worker bill
  30. 30 UtahAlien Has Several new posts 
  31. 31 Guest worker law opponent says it could aid terrorists
  32. 32 Sutherland Institute takes aim at 'right-wing extremism' in illegal immigration debate
  33. 33 Raids break up alleged illegal documents ring
  34. 34 Utah County Republicans pass resolution to repeal HB116
  35. 35 Utahns launch website to repeal guest-worker law
  36. 36 Anti-illegal immigration group targets Hatch
  37. 37 False hope on road to deportation
  38. 38 Utah Legislative Leaders & Special Interests Force Through Amnesty/Guestworker Program
  39. 39 Lawmakers say omnibus immigration bill is wrong choice
  40. 40 Senator Luz Robles
  41. 41 Sandstrom’s immigration bill clears House
  42. 42 House committee backs ending tuition discount
  43. 43 Number of Illegal Aliens Increasing
  44. 44 The Man Behind Utah Immigration Bill
  45. 45 Summary of Rep. Sandstrom's (UT-IIEA) Utah Illegal Enforcement Act
  46. 46 Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem) on, "Why Address Illegal Immigration?"
  47. 47 Mike Lee, Utah Republican U.S. Senate candidate gets it right on illegal immigration
  48. 48 Utah lawmaker joins anti-birthright citizenship group
  49. 49 Salt Lake City man might've stolen child's SSN
  50. 50 Man charged with murdering Millard County deputy was angry he was pulled over
  51. 51 July 2010 Everify List Now Available
  52. 52 Guv’s handling of ‘The List’ draws fire
  53. 53 Mystery group lists 1,300 in Utah it claims are undocumented immigrants
  54. 54 (FAIR)  The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers (including Utahns)
  55. 55 Undocumented immigrants lose government food aid
  56. 56 Cherilyn Eagar:Arizona immigration law is a decisive constitutional lesson
  57. 57 Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom plans to continue with immigration bill
  58. 58 Sutherland Institute Presents the Utah Amnesy Plan
  59. 59 Utah among 18 states aiming to copy Arizona immigration law
  60. 60 Police chief, lawmakers trade barbs over illegal immigration
  61. 61 Citizens upset with undocumented workers' access to aid
  62. 62 Fewer food stamps for families with undocumented immigrants?
  63. 63 National poll on Arizona immigration law echoes Utah's results
  64. 64 GOP convention agenda includes two anti-Bennett items
  65. 65 Crime rates of undocumented immigrants spark debate between lawmakers, police chief
  66. 66 Mormons on both sides in immigration controversy
  67. 67 Lawmaker wants to bring Arizona immigration law to Utah
  68. 68 New Arizona Law Puts Pressure on Utah
  69. 69 Utah activist Tony Yapias(Utah Race baiter) warns against Arizona travel
  70. 70 Arizona immigration law puts pressure on Utah to implement SB251
  71. 71 Specturm Sides with Arizon on Illegal Immigration
  72. 72 Arizona Illegal Immigration Law May Impact Utah
  73. 73 West Valley City may ask business owners to prove citizenship, legal residency
  74. 74 State agencies ignoring new immigration law
  75. 75 Utah Legislature: Lawmakers want all businesses to verify workers' legal status
  76. 76 Lawmaker: Budget woes mean in-state tuition goes
  77. 77 Oklahoma ruling could affect Utah immigration law
  78. 78 Rep Rob Bishop at the Border
  79. 79 Rep. Jason Chaffetz seeks tough approach on illegal immigration
  80. 80 Man in pharmacy scheme released to immigration officials
  81. 81 2 Illegal Aliens arrested in Millard deputy slaying;
  82. 82 Attorneys given more time in immigration law case
  83. 83 Utah's Driving Privilege Card presents dilemma for illegal aliens and employers
  84. 84 Immigration: Is SB 81 being ignored?
  85. 85 Suspected immigrant smuggler rolls van
  86. 86 Strike force focused on illegal immigrants releases results
  87. 87 The Deseret News Continues to Enable Illegal Immigration by Supporting In-state Tuition Waiver
  88. 88 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform' – Mean-Spirited and Cruel
  89. 89 Salt Lake County and Deseret News Attack SB-81
  90. 90 76 arrested in statewide gang sweep
  91. 91 Fairness focus of immigration debate
  92. 92 Bishop says yes to tourists, no to illegal immigration
  93. 93 Census chief: Bennett's immigration bill not practical
  94. 94 ICE refuses to cross-deputize Davis County deputies
  95. 95 Utah Congressional Delegation Ratings
  96. 96 Provo lawmaker a fierce defender of state's new immigration laws
  97. 97 Word from Senator Greiner on SB-81 and illegal immigration
  98. 98 Chaffetz: No citizenship for undocumented parents' babies
  99. 99 E-Verify list for Utah employers now available
  100. 100 Utah immigration law under fire even before it's on the books
  101. 101 Emotions run hot during SB81 discussion
  102. 102 CCOII Report on Illegal Alien Cost in St. George
  103. 103 businesses wrongly classify workers to avoid payroll taxes

Proof that the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce created the Utah Compact

(Editor Note:  The Utah Compact was created and lobbied for in the Utah Legislature and the media by the Sutherland Institute the little helper of the SL Chamber of Commerce. Previously the SL Chamber has made efforts to cover up their involvement in creating the Utah Compact.  For more listen to the following YouTube: )   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ6L3SPqrIM

SL Tribune March 26, 2013

Jason Mathis, director of the Downtown Alliance and executive vice president of the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, was named a Cesar Chavez Champion for Change, along with 10 other immigration-reform activists.

READ THE ARTICLE

Republicans reject Utah Compact for immigration platform

SL Tribune March 24, 2013

Lehi • Utah County Republicans on Saturday rejected an attempt to insert Utah Compact wording into their platform. Delegates then endorsed compromise language that leaders say is nicer to Latinos than current wording, but is still tough on undocumented immigrants. Delegates then voted 169-71 to adopt the compromise language.

READ THE ARTICLE

Russell Greathouse’s statement on Román acquittal

SL Tribune Sep 1, 2012

Editor Note: An illegal alien, Roberto Miramontes Román, was acquitted of the murder of Millard County Deputy Josie Fox in January 2010, by successfully blaming Deputy Fox's brother who had died of a drug overdose and so was unable to testify.  Fox's father blames the judge and the jury for finding Roman innocent even though he had confessed to the killing.  Read Mr Greathouse's statement here.

The SL Tribune writer Peg Mcentee, refers to father, Russell Greathouse, as an "angry man,"  who "unleashed his wrath" in referring to the column above.  READ THE ARTICLE

Judge rules against foes of Utah’s initiative law

SL Tribune Aug. 31, 2012
A group attempting to get an employee-verification measure on Utah’s Nov. 6 ballot lost its lawsuit Friday after a judge ruled that new state requirements for qualifying an initiative doesn’t infringe upon free speech rights.  READ THE ARTICLE

Merrill Cook seeks court relief on new ballot petition law

SL Tribune June 27, 2011

The Utah Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on whether new guidelines on gathering signatures for a ballot initiative posed an unreasonable burden on petition passers.

Former Congressman Merrill Cook brought the case before the court after his anti-illegal immigration group — Citizens Aligned to Secure Utah’s Prosperity — argued a 2011 law passed by the Legislature severely reduced the time frame for gathering signatures and upped the number of required   READ THE ARTICLE

State registering immigration consultants to fight predatory practices

SL Tribune June 13, 2011

Editior Note:  I wonder when if ever the state of Utah will do anything about the corrupt and unscrupulous employers that hire illegal aliens, and causing this illegal immigration mess. In my opinion the cheap labor employers are as bad as the "immigration consultants."

Businesses providing immigration consulting services will be required to register with the state and face fines up to $5,000 for unscrupulous behavior, as Utah attempts to crack down on identity fraud and predatory practices that take advantage of immigrants and refugees.  READ THE ARTICLE

Trap set for Utah liberals snares conservatives, too

SL Tribune May 18, 2012

Longtime candidate and political activist Merrill Cook will appear Monday at the Utah Supreme Court to argue that laws making it more difficult to get an initiative on the ballot have violated the rights of his group, which wants to punish business owners who hire undocumented immigrants. READ THE ARTICLE

Utah Mother Struggles to Protect Her Son's Identity

KUER Local News May 2, 2012

But according to the state department of Workforce Services, Carter already has a job. In fact, he was working before he was born. That's what Carter's mother Jennifer Andrushko discovered when she applied for Medicaid in 2009. She found out that someone had been using Carter's number since 2001.READ THE ARTICLE

Enforce E-Verify;  it’s time to provide penalties

SL Tribune April 13, 2012

(Editor's Note: The SL Tribune has changed it's opinion about E-Verify)   For two years, Utah law has required employers with 15 or more workers to use E-Verify, but there is no penalty for a violation. As the Stein Eriksen case illustrates, there should be a penalty. Otherwise employers will simply ignore the law. READ THE EDITORIAL

Utah hotel loses dozens of employees after ICE audit

April 11, 2012  SL Tribune

One of Park City’s largest employers, the Stein Eriksen Lodge, recently lost about 10 percent of its work force of more than 580 after a federal audit found those employees were ineligible to work in the United States. READ THE ARTICLE. 

Identity theft involving children is a growing crime

SL Tribune April 7, 2011

(Editor note: The Tribune fails not note that the SSNs of children are primarily stolen for the purpose of employment and generally by illegal aliens)

In the past five years, the Utah Attorney General’s online Identity Theft Reporting Information System has received more than 3,000 reports of ID theft — about 67 percent of which involved Social Security numbers belonging to children.READ THE ARTICLE

Immigration raid nets 3,100 across nation, 54 in Utah

SL Tribune April 2, 2012
A six-day national "Cross Check" enforcement operation led to the arrest of more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and immigration violators — including 108 individuals in Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Montana, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday. READ THE ARTICLE

First United Methodist bans term ‘illegal immigrant’ as ‘dehumanizing’

SL Tribune March 21, 1011

Editior Note: (Changing the vocabulary and terminology doesn't change the underlying problems of illegal immigration.)

Ron Mortensen said those fighting over the terminology are using it for ulterior motives."It’s another way to define people who oppose illegal immigration as bigoted, racist or otherwise," Mortensen said. "Because when you use the legally correct term, they don’t like it. It’s all gamesmanship and part of a public relations campaign."  READ THE ARTICLE

Salt Lake County toughens E-Verify requirement

SL Tribune March 6, 2012
(Editor note:  This is a small step but it is in the right direction. It was brought about by the CATSUP Crusaders and those gathering signatures for the SL County Lawful Employment Ordinance)

In the future, applicants for business licenses in unincorporated Salt Lake County will have to provide written assurance that they have used E-Verify to guarantee the legal working status of their employees.  READ THE ARTICLE 

Apply for a WVC business license, get asked about workers’ status

SL Tribune Dec 20, 2011

West Valley City • City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved modifying business license applications to ask applicants if they plan to use a status verification program to ensure their hires are legally allowed to work in the United States. READ THE ARTICLE

E-Verify law kicks in for Washington County employers 

SL Tribune  Dec 16 2011

Businesses licensed through Washington County will be required to register with the federal government’s E-Verify program beginning Saturday — making the county the first in Utah to put such an ordinance into effect.  READ THE ARTICLE.


Representative Oda urges U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Arizona Immigration Law

Salt Lake Examiner  September 12, 2011  by: Ron Mortensen
Representative Curtis Oda of Utah has joined other state legislators and non-profit organizations in an amicus brief that supports Arizona’s request for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Arizona’s immigration enforcement law. READ THE ARTICLE

Grand America audit finds undocumented workers

SL Tribune Sept. 2, 2011
The Grand America Hotel will oust workers who couldn’t provide legal documentation to work in the United States in order to comply with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security audit that began in October, hotel officials said Wednesday. READ THE ARTICLE

Will Romney Play the Illegal Immigration Card against Perry?

Center for Immigration Studies (CIS)  August 31, 2011 by Ron Mortensen

Editor Note:  Ron Mortensen is the chairman of  UCOII (Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration)

Could immigration be the ace in the hole Romney needs to defeat Perry? A look at their records would appear to give Romney a huge edge if he chooses to make illegal immigration a key issue; however, as a Mormon, Romney would have to go against his Church's recently voiced support for illegal aliensREAD THE ARTICLE

Utah’s Deseret News: Mean-Spirited Hypocrisy

SL Examiner July 27,2011

The LDS Church owned Deseret News’ hypocrisy came shining through in a recent editorial that criticized Brandon Beckham for use of the term “traitor’ even though a full apology had been issued seven hours prior to the time the editorial was posted to the Deseret News’ website.  Read the Article


Group pushing initiative to punish businesses that hire illegals

Provo Daily Herald July 12, 2011
PROVO -- A group of Utahns are working to pass a petition initiative that would give the Utah County government the ability to revoke business licenses from companies that fail to use the e-verify system.  READ THE ARTICLE   If you want to get involved in this project contact ufire2@gmail.com

UCOII (Utah Coalition On Illegal Immigration) New Website:  Repeal HB116

The Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration (UCOII) has posted a website for those interested in fighting against the new Utah Amnesty and Sanctuary Bill, HB116.  We suggest that you sign the petition and join in. opposition.  http://repeal116.com/

Guest-worker plan critic apologizes for ‘traitors’ comment

SL Tribune July 22, 2011

Editor's Note "Traitor" may have been a little harsh and not politically correct, but to me it is close to accurate.

A key leader in the move to repeal Utah’s guest worker immigration law apologized Friday to lawmakers he labeled “traitors” for drafting and supporting the measure, saying it was “a poor choice of words.”  READ THE ARTICLE

Republican delegates pass anti-guest worker resolution

SL Tribune June 18, 2011

Sandy • They arrived with steely resolve, some wearing blue T-shirts festooned with buttons that implored their fellow Republican delegates to honor the Constitution and reject Utah’s guest-worker law.  They left with smiles and a sense of confidence that their desire to repeal HB116 through a resolution was on track and that those who supported the guest-worker measure needed to follow their lead either in a special session or during the next legislative session. READ THE ARTICLE

Utah Republicans should unite against HB116

SL Tribune June 15, 2011
As expected, supporters of House Bill 116 launched a campaign to fight Republican delegates who, through their effort to repeal the law, are defending the U.S. Constitution and Republican immigration platforms. The opposition has lost the argument with little to stand on. READ THE ARTICLE

Washington County Adopts ‘Support Platform / Repeal HB 116′ Resolution

At Saturday’s Washington County Republican Party convention in St. George, County Delegates overwhelmingly adopted the resolution entitled “’Repeal 116′:  A Resolution in Support of the National and State Republican Party Illegal Immigration Platforms”.  READ THE ARTICLE

Utah lawmaker to propose bill that mirrors Arizona’s E-verify law

SL Tribune May 27 2011

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom on Friday proposed a Utah version of a newly upheld 2007 Arizona law requiring businesses to use a federal verification program to screen for undocumented immigrants applying for jobs   The Orem Republican, who had been sitting on the bill, said Thursday’s 5-3 U.S. Supreme Court decision settled the question of constitutionality. READ THE ARTICLE

High court sustains Arizona employer sanctions measure

SL Tribune May 26, 2011
(Editor Note: This change is huge) 
Washington • The Supreme Court upheld an Arizona law Thursday that penalizes businesses for hiring workers who are in the United States illegally, rejecting arguments that states have no role in immigration matters. READ THE ARTICLE

Utah County GOP asks Legislature to repeal guest worker bill

SPANISH FORK -- Utah County Republican delegates approved a resolution on Saturday calling for the repeal of Utah’s comprehensive immigration bill.  Read the Article

UtahAlien Has Several new posts 

"Fiscal Note Fiasco" discusses the apparent inequities in determining the cost and benefits of proposed legislation. "Food Labor Cost" reports on the facts and myths behind the labor portion of food. Two other articles discuss Instate Tuition for illegal aliens and so-called Guest workers.   The post "NEW

Guest worker law opponent says it could aid terrorists

SL Tribune May 6, 2011

A leading opponent of illegal immigration cautioned on his Facebook page Friday that Utah’s freshly-minted guest worker law creates a loophole that would’ve allowed 9/11 hijackers to live legally in the state by paying a simple fine.  READ THE ARTICLE

Sutherland Institute takes aim at 'right-wing extremism' in illegal immigration debate

SL Tribune April 14, 2011
(Editor's Note: It takes an extremist to know one) A conservative Utah think tank is taking on "right-wing extremism" in an updated essay reflective of its experiences in the recent legislative debate on illegal immigration. READ THE ARTICLE

Raids break up alleged illegal documents ring

SL Tribune April 14, 2011

A month-long, joint state-federal investigation has led to the arrests of three undocumented immigrants (aka illegal aliens) alleged to be ringleaders in documents forgery ring, and more arrests are expected. READ THE ARTICLE

Utah County Republicans pass resolution to repeal HB116

KSL  April 30, 2011

SPANISH FORK — To cheers, jeers and rowdy applause, Utah County Republicans approved a resolution to repeal the controversial HB116 — the guest worker immigration bill — by a vote of 443 to 365.  READ THE ARTICLE

Utahns launch website to repeal guest-worker law

SL Tribune March 30, 2010

Opponents of Utah’s new guest-worker law launched a website Wednesday seeking to repeal it.  The website, www.repeal116.com, features a petition for people to sign, and the site’s creators say it was set up because they "reject it [HB116] as a national model for immigration reform." READ THE ARTICLE


Anti-illegal immigration group targets Hatch

SL Tribune March 14, 2011

(Editor Note) The temperature in the teapot rises in D.C. Chaffetz opposes HB116 but Hatch straddles the fence.

Washington • An anti-illegal immigration group angered over Utah legislation to create a state-based guest-worker program is taking out its angst against someone who didn’t write it, vote on it and says he has no position on it: Sen. Orrin Hatch. READ THE ARTICLE

False hope on road to deportation

SL Tribune March 12, 2012

So what, then, do these permits accomplish? They lull the immigrants into a false sense of security leading to their removal from the United States. If these permits are issued, then HB116 is nothing more than a veiled use of trickery to deport individuals and families. READ THE ARTICLE

Utah Legislative Leaders & Special Interests Force Through Amnesty/Guestworker Program

Center for Immigration Studies,
By Ronald W. Mortensen, March 8, 2011

The supporters of illegal immigration led by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), and the Utah agriculture industry expressed horror at the prospect of Utah following Arizona's lead and a short time later brought out the Utah Compact, which was designed to defuse enforcement efforts and to protect illegal aliens and their employers. The Compact was signed by community and business leaders in a highly publicized ceremony. READ THE ARTICLE

Lawmakers say omnibus immigration bill is wrong choice

Daily Herald March 1, 2011

A group of Utah lawmakers and citizens don't like Sen. Curt Bramble's comprehensive immigration bill.  READ THE ARTICLE

Senator Luz Robles

Does Utah state Senator Luz Robles Represent Utah, or Does She Have a Conflict of Interest?  You Decide. The goal of this document is to accurately convey Ms. Robles' activities and to place the decision for further research or action into your hands.  Any misinterpretations of Senator Robles' actions or views or that of the CCIME are unintentional.  Read the Document

Sandstrom’s immigration bill clears House

SL Tribune Feb 18, 2011

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom stood for two hours Friday while his fellow House legislators debated, changed, questioned and struggled with his enforcement-only immigration bill that had waited 10 months for this moment.  And when it passed 58-15, he smiled and still didn’t sit down. Instead, he was quickly encircled by TV cameras and fellow lawmakers — peppered with questions and sought out for handshakes. READ THE ARTICLE

House committee backs ending tuition discount

Feb. 18, 2011  SL Tribune
After emotional pleas from both sides, a House committee voted 10-5 Friday to repeal resident tuition for state college students who are in the country illegally but graduated from a Utah high school. READ THE ARTICLE

Number of Illegal Aliens Increasing

SL Tribune Feb. 1,2011

WASHINGTON • After a dropoff during the recession, undocumented immigrants seeking to sneak across the U.S. border may be ready to move again. READ THE ARTICLE

The Man Behind Utah Immigration Bill

SL Tribune January 23, 2011
As the author of the Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act, he’s been at the epicenter of the debate in Utah. Depending on where people stand on the issue, he’s been demonized as a racist or lauded as a patriot.  READ THE TRIBUNE ARTICLE

Summary of Rep. Sandstrom's (UT-IIEA) Utah Illegal Enforcement Act

The Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act (UT-IIEA) is a state cooperative immigration law enforcement bill, consisting of 15 sections.  The sponsor of the legislation, State Representative Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem), has based the measure, in part, on Arizona’s SB 1070, but has improved a number of the Arizona provisions to better fit the needs of Utah law  READ THE SUMMARY

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom (R-Orem) on, "Why Address Illegal Immigration?"

As I have been working on legislation designed to address the problems associated with illegal immigration, I had a constituent ask me why I was so concerned about illegal immigration. “After all, aren’t illegal immigrants just good, hard working people who are trying to make a better life for themselves and their families,” he asked. READ WHY!!


Mike Lee, Utah Republican U.S. Senate candidate gets it right on illegal immigration

BYU Daily Universe   October 21, 2010
“We need to spend more money and devote more efforts to aggressively enforce immigration employment laws, telling people that they cannot knowingly hire an illegal alien and if they do that they are going to be punished,” Lee said. READ THE ARTICLE

Utah lawmaker joins anti-birthright citizenship group

SL Tribune October 20, 2010

Rep. Paul Ray joined at least 13 other state lawmakers nationwide Tuesday in forming a working group seeking to eliminate the birthright clause in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. READ THE ARTICLE

Salt Lake City man might've stolen child's SSN

Deseret News September 21, 2010

(Editor Note Martin is being held in the Utah County Jail on INS hold)  OREM — A Salt Lake City man was arrested Monday after police say he purchased and used a young child's social security number. READ THE ARTICLE 

Man charged with murdering Millard County deputy was angry he was pulled over

Deseret News July 27, 2010

FILLMORE — Roberto Miramontes Roman was on edge well before Millard County sheriff's deputy Josie Greathouse Fox pulled him over.  As Roman and Ryan Greathouse took a drive and smoked some methamphetamine, Roman told him that if a car they could see in the distance turned out to be a police vehicle, he planned to open fire, testified Utah County Sheriff's Sgt. Matt Higley.  READ THE ARTICLE  

July 2010 Everify List Now Available

The new Everify List now lists 2,500 entities. The June 1, 2010 E-Verify list had 1,757 employers listed, an increase of about 42%.

As of 1 July 2010, all businesses in Utah with more than 15 employees were required by SB 251 to use Everify for all new employees.  The new list  includes employers with 5 or more employees.

SB 81 passed in 2008 required all government entities to begin using Everify after a year's delay on 1 July 2009.  After one year, compliance is still not complete.

As of July 6, 2010, only 21 of 29 Counties (72%) have registered and 30 of 41 School Districts (73%) are in compliance.  Only 48 of 275 Utah Cities (17%) are on the list.   This is one year after the delayed implementation date.  This is merely an example of the lack of compliance, entities such as Special

Guv’s handling of ‘The List’ draws fire

SL Tribune July 27. 2010

An anti-immigrant fury was unleashed on Gov. Gary Herbert last week, as scores of people berated the governor for firing two women suspected of compiling a list of hundreds of supposed undocumented immigrants and praised the women as heroes and patriots.  A total of more than 325 pages of e-mails were released to The Salt Lake Tribune under an open records request.  READ THE ARTICLE

Mystery group lists 1,300 in Utah it claims are undocumented immigrants

SL Tribune July 8, 2010

(Editor's Question:  Who Did it??)  An anonymous envelope mailed to Utah law enforcement and news outlets Monday contained a list of more than 1,300 people accused of being undocumented immigrants. READ THE ARTICLE

(FAIR)  The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers (including Utahns)

July 2010

This report estimates the annual cost of illegal immigraton at the federal level to be about $113 billion; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84.2 billion at the state and local level.  The cost to Utah taxpayers alone is is estimated at $453 million  READ THE REPORT.

Undocumented immigrants lose government food aid

SL Tribune July 12, 2010
(Editor's note, it is about time)  At the beginning of July, more than 2,000 families with undocumented immigrants stopped receiving food stamp benefits due to a change in Utah’s rules. Now a growing number of them are showing up at emergency food pantries confused and needing help, and wonder if Americans are being given preference over them.READ THE ARTICLE

Cherilyn Eagar:Arizona immigration law is a decisive constitutional lesson

SL Trbune July 9, 2010

Utah must act now to apply harsh fines against employers who break the law and hire undocumented workers. Under the Save Act already on the books, employers are required to use the proven but underutilized E-Verify system to screen new hires and employees, and reduce tax evasion and entitlement fraud.  READ THE ARTICLE 

Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom plans to continue with immigration bill

Deseret News July 7, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Rep. Stephen Sandstrom isn't just going forward with new immigration legislation modeled after an Arizona law that's being challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice. He's joining the court battle.  "In no way, shape or form am I stopping," Sandstrom said Wednesday. READ THE ARTICLE 

Sutherland Institute Presents the Utah Amnesy Plan

UFIRE Editor Note: The Sutherland Institute plan was created by them, SL Chamber of Commerce, cheap labor legislators and employers, in a desperate attempt to keep illegal aliens here in Utah in order to maintain the suppressed wages here for unskilled Utah workers. They should be ashamed.

Deseret News June 30, 2010
Mero said working privilege cards would be issued by a state agency, such as workforce services. The approval process would require applicants to show they have lived in Utah for several years without violating other laws. He said it would likely include an application fee, which would be seen as a sort of fine for being in Utah illegally.

Rep Sandstrom said, "It would have Utah unilaterally offering blanket amnesty to people who are in the state illegally. If those people have been working here, they have been committing felonies by using false identities, so it would be rewarding felons," he said. "It would open up the floodgates to illegal immigration like we've never seen, because more people would come into the state hoping to get such a card,"  READ THE ARTICLE

Utah among 18 states aiming to copy Arizona immigration law

Deseret News  June 26, 2010

Arizona's sweeping new immigration law doesn't even take effect until next month, but lawmakers in Utah and nearly 20 other states are already clamoring to follow in its footsteps.READ THE ARTICLE  


Police chief, lawmakers trade barbs over illegal immigration

SL Tribune June 18, 2010
Editor note;  (Burbank also like to use the word "round-up")  Washington » The tense debate over Utah's immigration laws just got personal.   Salt Lake City's police chief testified Thursday before Congress, accusing a group of state legislators of using "racist rhetoric" in an attempt to enact an "obvious xenophobic agenda." READ THE ARTICLE   

Citizens upset with undocumented workers' access to aid

SL Tribune June 9, 2010

Though not uniformly opposed to a proposed change to Utah's food stamp rules that would negatively effect households with undocumented workers, advocates for the poor want to know, "Why this change? And why now?" (Editor's Note: Because it is time to do the right thing!)  READ THE ARTICLE 

Fewer food stamps for families with undocumented immigrants?

SL Tribune  June 2, 2010

Families qualify for food stamps based on how much income they make. In a household that has both undocumented members and citizens -- such as parents with a child born in the U.S. -- Utah officials have not been fully counting the earnings of undocumented workers.  That means some such blended families qualify for food stamps, while a household of all-citizen members with the same income might not. READ THE ARTICLE

SL Tribune June 2, 2010

National poll on Arizona immigration law echoes Utah's results

Deseret News May13, 2010

WASHINGTON — Utahns appear to be in line with a strong majority of Americans who support Arizona's controversial new immigration law and would back similar laws in their own states, a new McClatchy-Ipsos poll found.   Sixty-one percent of Americans — and 64 percent of registered voters — said they favored the law in a survey of 1,016 adults conducted May 6-9.  READ THE ARTICLE

GOP convention agenda includes two anti-Bennett items

Deseret News May 5, 2010

Mr. Wren(UFIRE Chairman) said he didn't ask Bennett to sign on to the amendment, as he did other GOP U.S. Senate candidates, because Bennett supported a Bush-era immigration reform measure "that was a travesty" of fair reform, "a basic selling of American citizenship." READ THE ARTICLE

Crime rates of undocumented immigrants spark debate between lawmakers, police chief

Deseret News May 4, 2010

Sunday morning on KSL's Sunday Edition, Rep. Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, cited numbers showing a huge amount of crime by those of Hispanic ethnicity. The statistic compares homicide arrest rates in the capital city in 2008, but some say it's all about how you interpret the numbers.  READ THE ARTICLE

Mormons on both sides in immigration controversy

SL Tribune April 30, 2010

No matter how much the LDS Church would like to remain neutral on the issue of illegal immigration, Mormon activists on opposite sides draw on their faith's doctrines or practices to buoy their positions. READ THE ARTICLE 

Lawmaker wants to bring Arizona immigration law to Utah

SL Tribune April 26, 2009

As protests in Arizona over an anti-immigration law heat up, one conservative Utah lawmaker wants to bring the law to this state, and says he has the support to do it.

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, is drafting a bill that would require immigrants to carry proof of status and require law enforcement officers to question anyone they believe is in the country without documentation  READ THE ARTICLE

New Arizona Law Puts Pressure on Utah

By Ronald W. Mortensen, April 26, 2010  Center For Immigration Studies(CIS)

When Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the toughest state illegal immigration law in the nation on April 23, 2010, it made it imperative that Utah's newly enacted child identity theft protection law (SB251) take effect as scheduled on July 1, 2010, without any changes.READ THE ARTICLE

Utah activist Tony Yapias(Utah Race baiter) warns against Arizona travel

Deseret News April 24, 2010

Editor's Note: Racial/Ethnic profiling is the last tool left in the argument tool box of the illegal alien enablers. "They do the work that Americans won't do," has been proven false during this recession.

On hearing of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signing SB1070 into law Friday, activist Tony Yapias of Proyecto Latino de Utah (and Utah race monger)  issued a travel advisory to members of Utah's immigrant population. READ THE ARTICLE 

Arizona immigration law puts pressure on Utah to implement SB251

Salt Lake City Examiner.com   April 24, 2010
When governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed the toughest illegal immigration law in the nation on April 23, 2010, it changed the dynamics surrounding Utah’s newly enacted law (SB251) that protects children from job-related identity theft. READ THE ARTICLE

Specturm Sides with Arizon on Illegal Immigration

St George Spectrum Opinion April 22, 2010
Supporters of the proposal correctly applaud the effort. The federal government has failed miserably to defend the borders of this country. Members of the House and Senate - including those from Utah - speak often about a need to control the problem, but they haven't done anything to rectify the situation. At least Arizona is trying something to combat what many Americans believe is a serious problem. READ THE OPINION

Arizona Illegal Immigration Law May Impact Utah

St George Spectrum April 21, 2010

Utah Rep. Michael Noel, R-Dist. 73, the House sponsor for Utah Senate Bill that addresses illegal immigration, said he also worries about racial profiling with passage of the Arizona bill, but agreed with the criminalization language.  READ THE ARTICLE

West Valley City may ask business owners to prove citizenship, legal residency

SL Tribune April 17, 2010

West Valley City » Some city council members want West Valley City to become the state's first local or county government to verify whether applicants for business licenses are U.S. citizens or legal residents.

For the past three years, a similar bill has been proposed at the Utah Legislature but has not passed. This year, a bill passed the House but the Senate put it on hold.  READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE    


State agencies ignoring new immigration law

SL Tribune Feb 28, 2010

Eight months after Utah required governmental entities to verify their employees are legally able to work in the United States, the law is being widely ignored.  The failure of many counties, municipalities, school districts and other governmental bodies to comply has sparked an outcry from lawmakers.  The lack of enforcement is "troubling," said former Sen. Bill Hickman, R-St.George, who sponsored the new law.Read The Entire Article 

Utah Legislature: Lawmakers want all businesses to verify workers' legal status

Deseret News Feb. 26, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — A proposal to require all Utah businesses to verify employees' legal right to work earned approval from a Senate committee Friday, but a criminal penalty attached to the mandate will likely be stripped away before it goes before the full Senate. Read The Full Article 

Lawmaker: Budget woes mean in-state tuition goes

SL Tribune  February 11, 2010

Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Roy, is planning to run a bill that would repeal a 2002 state law that grants in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants' children who graduate from a Utah high school.

Ron Mortensen, co-founder of the Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration, supports repeal of the tuition law, arguing that undocumented immigrants should not be afforded opportunities that come at the expense of citizens.  "If schools start enacting enrollment caps, will schools deny citizens admission and allow an illegal alien to enter?" Mortensen said. "If a citizen can't get the classes he needs to graduate, but the illegal alien does, it doesn't make sense because the illegal alien can't legally work when he graduates." Read the Article  

Oklahoma ruling could affect Utah immigration law

SL Tribune  Feb. 5, 2010

A court ruling on an Oklahoma immigration law isn't a clear victory for opponents or supporters, but it may eventually lead to changes in Utah's immigration law. Read the Article 

Rep Rob Bishop at the Border

SL Tribune  Jan. 31, 2010

A tall metal fence may not be the solution here, Bishop concedes. But when drug smugglers, human traffickers or would-be terrorists can simply open a gate into the United States, he's convinced something more needs to be done.
Read The Article 

Rep. Jason Chaffetz seeks tough approach on illegal immigration

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced on Thursday a resolution, backed by several other House freshmen, calling for Congress to get tough on illegal immigration. 

"Any discussion of comprehensive immigration reform must begin with a renewed commitment to enforce our immigration laws," Chaffetz said.  Read the Article

Man in pharmacy scheme released to immigration officials

Deseret News January  19, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — A man indicted in an illegal online pharmacy scheme was ordered Tuesday to be remanded into the custody of immigration officials.

Edgar Flores-Cuevas, 36, was facing a prison term of 18 to 24 months on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering  Read The Article 

2 Illegal Aliens arrested in Millard deputy slaying;

Deseret News January 7, 2010

FILLMORE, UTAH — One of the two men arrested in connection with the slaying of Millard County sheriff's deputy Josie Greathouse Fox will make his first court appearance today.

Roberto Miramontes Roman, 37, is charged with aggravated murder, a capital offense, and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony. Prosecutors have filed notice they intend to seek the death penalty.

Ruben Chavez Reyes, who was arrested with Roman on Wednesday,  is being held in jail on an immigration hold. Reyes could possibly face identical charges to those filed against Roman.  Read the Article

Attorneys given more time in immigration law case

Deseret News  January 7, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — Due to a large number of documents in the case against an area immigration law firm charged with running an employment visa fraud scheme, a trial date has yet to be set.

Eight people associated with the Alcala Law Firm, located at 1380 W. Indiana Ave., were indicted in July on charges of alien smuggling and visa fraud for allegedly advertising the firm as an immigration law office, while illegally obtaining H-2B work visas for various Utah companies in order to gain a profit.  Read More

Utah's Driving Privilege Card presents dilemma for illegal aliens and employers

Ron Mortensen
SLC Examiner  January 1, 2010

As of January 1, 2010, Utah’s Driving Privilege Card (DPC) will only be issued to individuals who are not able to prove legal presence in the United States. This change makes the DPC a clear and unambiguous illegal alien identification card.

According to Michael Sanchez of the Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration, “This may be the most important piece of illegal immigration legislation passed by the Utah state legislature to date. It makes it impossible for ranchers, dairy farmers, construction companies, janitorial services, and others who require employees to have drivers licenses to pretend that they don’t know that they are hiring illegal aliens. In fact, by they end of 2010 when all existing Driving Privilege Cards are replaced, any employer who is aware that an employee has a Driving Privilege Card will be knowingly hiring an illegal alien.”   Read the Article

Immigration: Is SB 81 being ignored?

By Robert Wren  SL Tribune Nov 27, 2009

After some years of discussion and delay, Senate Bill 81, the anti-illegal immigration law, was implemented four months ago.

One of the requirements of the law was that all government employers must use an employment verification program, such as E-Verify. This law was designed to assist in enforcing federal law against hiring "unauthorized" aliens. An additional requirement was that all businesses being awarded contracts by public entities must also verify legal employment -- proof of U.S. citizenship or a valid work visa.  Read The Article

Suspected immigrant smuggler rolls van

SL Tribune November 7, 2009

Nine people were hurt, at least three critically, when an SUV that may have been carrying undocumented immigrants crashed on State Road 24 early Thursday morning, police said. Passengers told police the driver ran from the scene, leaving nine injured people behind, several of whom had been thrown from the vehicle. Passengers told police they were from Mexico and Arizona and headed for Colorado and Florida. The vehicle is registered in Arizona. Police are trying to identify the driver. Read the Article  

Strike force focused on illegal immigrants releases results

KSL.com Oct. 21, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY -- A new strike force in Utah aimed at targeting illegal immigrants involved in major crimes says they've been busy in only the first four months of their existence.

Earlier this year, the Utah Legislature appropriated federal funding to go to the SECURE Strike Force. It has two years to crack down on major crimes committed by illegal immigrants. The team received federal funding to target only the hardened criminals.

 Read The Article

The Deseret News Continues to Enable Illegal Immigration by Supporting In-state Tuition Waiver

October 20, 2009  By: Gaylan Stewart

Once again the Deseret News continues it's agenda of enabling illegal immigration in Utah; Utah Tuition Helping Hundreds of Students.  This time it is done on a news page (should be opinion) supporting the in-state tuition waiver for illegal aliens in violation of federal law(see Federal Code Title 8 Section 1623)  that requires Utah and other states giving subsidized tuition to illegal aliens to give the same benefit to citizens of other states. Utah does not give citizens of other states subsidized in-state tuition. Finally, when these students get a degree, it is still illegal for them to work in the United States. These students are all adults, over 18, and so are committing a felony by being in the United States illegally, as an adult, and using ID theft or fraud while working in Utah. Both deportable offenses.  If there was citizen support for in-state tuition waivers for illegal aliens, the "Dream Act" would have passed years ago. Read the Article.

'Comprehensive Immigration Reform' – Mean-Spirited and Cruel

By Ronald W. Mortensen, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS)  October 20, 2009
(editor note: Mr Mortensen is a Utah resident)

Here we go again. Members of Congress are gearing up to make another run at "comprehensive immigration reform" and once again they will put the interests of illegal aliens ahead of those of American citizens.

Like all previous proposals, the proponents of this renewed effort fully plan on forgiving the serious felonies that at least 75% of illegal aliens routinely commit in order to obtain jobs (document fraud, perjury on I-9 forms and/or identity theft). They also fully intend to sacrifice the millions of American men, women and children who are the very real victims of these crimes to their goal of providing a path to legalization and citizenship for tens of millions of criminal illegal aliens. This is mean-spirited and cruel. Read the Article


Salt Lake County and Deseret News Attack SB-81

October 20, 2009  by: Gaylan Stewart

In an October 17th article the Salt Lake Deseret News got together with the Salt Lake County Assessor, Lee Gardner,  to create news where none exists. The article is titled, "Dislabled Vets Upset Over Citizenship Proof Policy."  The Assessor sent out a $3,300 mailer to these veterans asking for proof of citizenship, his excuse, they were trying to conform with Utah's SB-81 Law. It appears that the Assessor is using  his office to change a Utah law that he personally disagrees with and uses SL County taxpayer funds to do it. In addition, using disabled veterans for this is especially disgraceful.  All veterans have a DD-214 which is requested whenever veteran's services are requested. Illegal aliens are not recruited by the military, are not in the military, and so they do NOT have a DD-214 which the Assessor should know.  This article was created to further a Deseret News and Lee Gardner agenda.  Read the Article

76 arrested in statewide gang sweep

9/29/09  Deseret News

More than 70 gang members netted in a statewide, multi-agency surge will face a battery of federal and state charges today including murder and drug possession. Over half will be looking at deportation proceedingsRead More  (editor's note: It looks like many of these "undocumented immigrants" are not the good people that we are being told.)

Fairness focus of immigration debate

9/25/09  Deseret News

For Chris Herrod and Chris Burbank, the immigration debate is about fairness.  But their interpretations of what is fair differed as the two men headlined a debate over SB81 and the future of immigration in Utah and the United States at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law Thursday afternoon.  Read The Article

Bishop says yes to tourists, no to illegal immigration

9/24/09 Deseret News

National heritage areas are supposed to help increase tourism. Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, persuaded the House to alter one Wednesday so that it inadvertently would not also increase illegal immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico.  Read More

Census chief: Bennett's immigration bill not practical

Sep 23, 2009  Salt Lake Tribune
Washington »
Sen. Bob Bennett wants the Census to collect information on who is in the country illegally in its official 2010 count, but Census Director Robert Groves said that's not practical a mere six months before the questionnaires are mailed to every household. Read The Article (Editor note: I agree with Tony Yapias' statement on political pandering)

ICE refuses to cross-deputize Davis County deputies

Salt Lake Tribune 09/20/2009

The Davis County Sheriff's Office was ready to pitch in and help enforce federal immigration law at its county jail, detaining undocumented arrestees and beginning the process to deport them.

No thanks, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau recently said, a response that has incensed Utah politicians.

Last fall, Davis County Sheriff Bud Cox applied for an ICE agreement that would allow and train 10 deputies to process undocumented arrestees. In October 2008, the department was inspected for three days by five ICE inspectors.

After waiting nearly a year, the office received a letter in August denying the sheriff's request. Read the Article

Utah Congressional Delegation Ratings

Utah's Congressional delegation has been rated by Numbers USA.  You may also compare Utah's delegation with the other states. Select Utah on the map.

Provo lawmaker a fierce defender of state's new immigration laws

 Provo Daily Herald, July 15, 2009

Chris Herrod has been called a lot of things during the illegal immigration debate in this state. Passive isn't one of them.

The Provo representative has taken a high-profile stance defending Senate Bill 81, which went into effect on July 1 and includes sweeping immigration reform.

"It seems to be my lot in life because everyone else is afraid of the subject," says Herrod.

Read The Entire Article

Word from Senator Greiner on SB-81 and illegal immigration

7/15/2009  Utah Senate GOP Website

I have watched with some interest the debate through our E-Mail accounts, the issue of SB-81, and who has the correct numbers for whatever position on this issue our personal or constituent position leads us. I see the points of view of Representative Herrod and those of the Sutherland Institute, both of which reach their conclusions in an acceptable manner but may not have the complete picture, although they both have tried, and offer this thought process for all representatives since this is a public issue with high emotion on both sides. Read all of Sen Griner's comments

Chaffetz: No citizenship for undocumented parents' babies

14th Amendment » Congressman acknowledges bill has little chance to succeed.

SL Tribune  July 10, 2009


Washington »
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has signed onto legislation that would only allow those born in the United States to legal residents to be considered American citizens.

Chaffetz is one of 78 co-sponsors of the Birthright Citizenship Act, which seeks to reverse the right of anyone born within U.S. borders or in U.S. territories to be considered a citizen.

The U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment, ratified July 9, 1868, says that all people born inside the country "are citizens," with full rights.


E-Verify list for Utah employers now available

With SB 81 in full force effective 1 July 2009, many have wondered if it is being complied with.   The bill required all Public employers (municipalities, counties, schools, etc.) and any business involved in contracts with public entities to use Everify (or similar program) for hiring. The Law 63G-11-103. 
 
An updated list of E-verify user shows that, as of the end of January 2010, there are 1,781 registered covering 5,854 worksites. Complete List of Utah E-Verify Employers is available .xls Download Here 
Also, Numbers USA has an excellent data search of employers using E-Verify.  This search allows you to search the entire nation (if you have the exact spelling of the name of the employer), the entire state, or a city within a state, and by zip code.
 
How many companies are in Utah?
All Companies that are covered by the Employment Security Act are listed in Firm Find. That includes over 80,000 worksites.
 
Utah now has about 2% coverage of E-verify businesses.

Utah immigration law under fire even before it's on the books

SL Tribune June 22, 2009

Utah's new immigration law, SB81, takes effect July 1. But several attorneys who belong to the American Immigration Lawyers Association say they're not waiting.

They plan to file a lawsuit later this week challenging various portions of the law.

Emotions run hot during SB81 discussion

Deseret News - Salt Lake City,UT,USA 6/11/09 

... to neutralize Utah as a magnet state for illegal immigrants and would be good for ... from unscrupulous employers using illegal aliens," Sandstrom said. ...

CCOII Report on Illegal Alien Cost in St. George

The Citizens' Council on Illegal Immigration has published a report on the costs of illegal aliens to the taxpayers in Washington County. The report was distributed to government leaders. The report analyzes health, education and crime costs attributable to illegal aliens. 
"As illegal immigration is widely acknowledged as a net loss for nearly all Utahns, and since our Organization is devoted to educating citizens and elected officials to that peril, the focus of our packet is on this continuing dilemma. We believe that through strict measures to curb illegal immigration across our entire state we will see the economic treasure that belongs to all Utahns preserved."


The move also undercuts competing companies.

The Salt Lake Tribune  05/31/2009

Lots of employers in these tough economic times are illegally cutting costs by misclassifying some workers as independent contractors.

The tactic -- used in an array of industries from home construction to information technology -- is sapping millions of dollars from the state's unemployment-insurance fund, tax coffers and workers' compensation fund, say Utah regulators. It's also making it difficult for aboveboard companies to compete.

Officials in charge of investigating the various violations involved say they can't do much about the problem. The same shaky economy that makes it tempting for employers to illicitly shave expenses is leaving regulators with staffs far too small to nab thousands of offenders.  Read The Article 

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