Posts Tagged ‘Immigration’

Daily Fix, Jun 10

June 10, 2011

*Just ahead of the state GOP convention, the LDS church released two new statements regarding immigration. One expresses concern that enforcement-only bills are “likely to fall short of the high moral standard of treating each other as children of God.” Additionally, the “Church supports an approach where undocumented immigrants are allowed to square themselves with the law and continue to work without this necessarily leading to citizenship.” LDS Newsroom The second statement reminds members that the LDS church has had a long-standing policy that “undocumented status should not by itself prevent an otherwise worthy Church member from entering the temple or being ordained to the priesthood” and cautions members to avoid making judgments about other members. LDS Newsroom

*Up in the Uinta basin, a years-long environmental hurdle was finally overcome, opening the door for thousands of new jobs and almost 4000 new oil wells. Tribune Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, said “We have to find sensible ways of allowing natural gas development to move forward…” Um, that’s new. Couldn’t be the soaring price of gas and OPEC’s refusal to increase production, could it? USAToday

*State Senator Dan Liljenquist received the “Real Leader” Award from a national watchdog group, State Budget Solutions, for his work on reforming pensions. He “caught the attention of Utahns with his legislation on the state’s pension plan. Now he’s caught the eye of the nation” says the Davis County Clipper. The Trib publishes an op-ed about the Medicaid reforms and calls it the “right idea”.

*Weber county continues to be hit hard with this spring’s flooding. Two Blackhawk helicopters are now helping to deliver giant sand bags to help with the levee breach. Trib

*Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was tempted to try medicinal marijuana during his chemotherapy, leading to a discussion about the possibility of Utah legalizing the weed. Sorry. It ain’t gonna happen. DNews

*Speaking of Shurtleff, he is one of the many considering a run for the US Congress. (Or something else.) Surprising no one, Jim Matheson says he is keeping his options open for a statewide race – Governor or US Senate. Get yer popcorn. Last year’s Senate race is going to look like a walk in the park compared to the 2012 battle. DNews

*Members of Congress have slowed down significantly on their Tweeting since the Weiner incident. Gee, ya think? Politico

*And the DNC’s Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is a gift to the GOP. n the four weeks since she succeeded Tim Kaine, Wasserman Schultz has been called out by four nonpartisan fact-checkers for mischaracterizing the GOP’s Medicare plan. She’s come unhinged accusing Republican’s of being anti-woman, accuses the GOP of not supporting the American auto industry (but drives a foreign car) and equates voter ID with Jim Crow laws. Mike Huckabee quipped “It is reassuring to know that there’s someone standing by to step in, just in case Joe Biden needs time off.” Politico


LDS Church’s Official Immigration Response

April 19, 2011

After conflicting information was disseminated about the LDS church and their position on the package of immigration bills passed by the Utah legislature – including HB 116 – the following statement was released today:

Immigration Response

Salt Lake City

Members of the public who contact the Church Public Affairs Department asking for the Church’s position on immigration have been given the following response:

The Church has spoken a number of times about the issue of immigration. Specifically, it has spoken in support of the Utah Compact, and has described the package of bills passed by the Utah Legislature, taken together, as “a responsible approach” to the difficult question of immigration reform.

The Church’s position is based on three basic principles:

1. The commandment to “Love thy neighbor.”
2. The importance of keeping families intact.
3. The federal government’s obligation to secure its borders.

The Church appreciates the package of bills that the legislature had passed, including House Bill 116. The Church feels that this package was a responsible attempt to address the principles outlined above.

The February 28th Deseret News editorial, ‘A Model For The Nation’ also accurately reflects the position of the Church regarding immigration reform, including measures that will allow those who are now here illegally to work legally, provide for their families, and become better contributing members of our communitybut without establishing a path to citizenship or granting amnesty.

The Church may speak further on this subject if it is necessary to refute any misunderstandings or correct distortions of its views that have found their way into the discussion taking place on this important topic.

Daily Fix, Feb 23

February 23, 2011

Entitlement reform, immigration, DOMA and government regulation of reincarnation. Seriously.

*Wisconsin runaway Senators put spotlight on the state that got it right – Utah. Last year’s pension reforms have become model legislation across the nation. Senator Dan Liljenquist quotes John Kenneth Galbraith in saying: “Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.” Wisconsin shows what can happen when you put off the unpalatable. Sen Liljenquist // KSL

*Speaking of Senator Liljenquist, his Medicaid reform bill passed out of the Senate unanimously on both the second and third readings. It is expected to pass through the House with little opposition. Trib

*Showing China totally gets the proper role of government, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is “an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation.” HuffPo

*President Obama has instructed the Department of Justice to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act, saying that parts of the law are unconstitutional. Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to no longer argue in support of DOMA, saying there is not a “reasonable” argument for the federal government to defend. “While both the wisdom and the legality of Section 3 of DOMA will continue to be the subject of both extensive litigation and public debate, this administration will no longer assert its constitutionality in court,” Holder said. The Hill

*Falling into the category of “politics make strange bedfellows,” the Utah House passed Rep Bill Wright’s proposed guest worker program on the heels of passing the Sandstrom bill. It was an interesting discussion, as this time, Democrats stood to speak in favor of pushing the feds and wondering “Where’s the Line” and some of the most conservative legislators pointed out we were poking the feds in the eye. On a personal note, I voted for this bill. I also voted for the Sandstrom bill. Neither one is perfect, but I am also VERY uncomfortable with “enforcement only” and in the end, had to agree with Rep Wright that this is a starting point. Trib

*In other immigration news, Senator Robles’ bill also passed out of committee and is on to the Senate floor. The measure – co-sponsored by Republican Rep Jeremy Peterson – provides for two types of “accountability” permits: Type A for undocumented immigrants age 18 and older who have lived in the state for at least 18 months and type B for new arrivals who can demonstrate arrangements for work in Utah. It also includes provisions for English proficiency and a criminal background check. Deseret News

Who knew? Colbert now an immigration expert

September 24, 2010

Falling into the category of “so-whacky-it-can’t-possibly-be-true-but-oddly-enough-it-is,” comedian Stephen Colbert will be testifying in front of the immigration sub-committee today. A House Judiciary Committee spokeswoman, confirming Colbert would testify, said the hearing matter was a “serious issue . . . this is not a TV stunt.”

Congressman Jason Chaffetz was not impressed. “We have never, ever had a substantive discussion on any immigration issue … and they’re calling Colbert as their first guy?” the Utah Republican told Fox News. “The meeting room will be packed. Everybody will want to get their picture taken with him and an autograph and what not, but we’re not here to make Comedy Central look good. We do that all by ourselves.” Too true, too true.

So, here are some thoughts on the Colbert appearance (and many thanks to my Facebook friends for helping me out)

*The one doing most of the questioning will be the good Senator from Minnesota, Al Franken
*Colbert will leg-wrestle illegal immigrants in exchange for citizenship
*Might as well call OJ Simpson as an expert witness on murder – at least OJ would have experience with it.
*Or ask Bill Cosby to report on Earthquake Safety because of his experience with things that shake (jello)
*At least one Congressman doing the questioning needs to be dressed as a wild bear
*No one know if Colbert will answer as a concerned citizen, or in his role as a liberal masquerading as a conservative pundit
*”Mr Colbert, could you preface each of your statements with the word, “Seriously.” See, we’re not used to have comedians talk to us.”
*Could I get an autograph and a picture?
*By the way, I’m actually surprised that Congress is asking a comedian to address them. They normally don’t appreciate competition.
*”Could you ask John Stewart if he’d come by? He returned our invitation unopened.”
*”Remind us why you are here?”
*”Yes, Mr Colbert, we’ve heard the one about the opposite of ‘progress’.”
*It might be a stupid rule, but WE’LL ask the questions, if you don’t mind.
*”We don’t care if do “cut us a deal” we are not paying you your standard appearance fee, nor are we are interested in negotiating the rebroadcast rights for today’s appearance.”
*”Would you PLEASE stop pointing at the camera and saying, ‘We’ll be right back’!”
*The House doesn’t do a “Best of” DVD.
*”There is no Camera 3. Just look at us please.

And finally: “Can you PLEASE wait for your leg-wrestling rematch with Rep. Chaffetz until after this hearing?”

Immigration, immigration, immigration

August 18, 2010

Today’s interim day on the Hill was headlined by Rep Stephen Sandstrom’s Arizona-style bill.  Even though he was last on the agenda, the room was packed and into the overflow room as the meeting began.

Once Sandstrom started speaking, his presentation was similar to last week’s press conference – minus the boos and the taunting.

He said that illegal immigration does not have a race, a color, a gender or a marital status.  It’s about mutual respect between those of us already living here and those who want to come here.

“I want to make it very clear,” he said.  “Illegal is not a race.  It’s a crime.”

He said he has been in contact with 20 other states and 3 are  drafting identical legislation

He said we cannot cheapen citizenship or the legal process so many immigrants have followed to get here.  He said he has received dozens of letters from legal immigrants thanking him for running this bill.

As part of his presentation, he had Mr Arturo Morales, a legal immigrant from Mexico, testify.  Mr. Morales gave some background and talked about how hard it was to be disadvantaged when he and other small business owners are continually undercut.

“Are we supposed to be compassionate to those who have stolen our ability to buy a house? A car?,” he asked, “or our ability to run a business because our identities were stolen?”

“There are consequences for our actions.” he said and emphasized that we must stop ignoring illegal behavior.” He said that is he got pulled over every day and asked to provide proof of citizenship to protect our lifestyle, then he was OK with that.

Joe Pyrah, over at the Daily Herald profiled Mr Morales this morning. He has been called a traitor for supporting immigration reform.

After an hour-plus of presentation, with no public input, the meeting adjourned and a press conference was held out side. It was the committee meeting redux, with a couple of new speakers. In spite of Sandstrom’s insistence that it’s “not about race”, several of the people in the crowd made distinctly racist comments. That’s definitely not helpful to any attempt to have a reasonable dialogue.

Pretty sure this bill will not become law, but at least Sandstrom’s willing to start the discussion.

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