Submitted by: John Butler
Utah Legislators seek to designate Utah as the first Sanctuary State
- The language of 1SHB116 calls for “legal citizenship and employment status for sale” upon the payment of a $1000.00 fine by illegal immigrants, without restriction or caps being placed on the number of illegal immigrants that would be granted such status. Illegal immigrants across the United States will descend on Utah in an effort to legitimize their illegal presence in the United States;
- 1SHB116 discriminates against those immigrants who have respected the laws and sovereignty of the United States and have lawfully applied for citizenship;
- !SHB116 calls for background checks for illegal immigrants in order to obtain criminal records into the national database. According to ICE, as of 1 February 2011, Secure Communities had only 1,006 cities and counties participating in 38 states, out of over 19,000 municipalities in the U.S. The background check called for in 1SHB116 will not identify those who have committed crimes outside the U.S. as Secure Communities is a national program run by the FBI. The only exceptions would be internationally wanted criminals listed in the INTERPOL database. Few wanted criminals are flagged by INTERPOL;under the law. Only 5% of U.S. communities participate in the Secure Communities program which is responsible to enter
- All illegal aliens including those who have committed crimes and have not yet been convicted of them will be allowed to obtain work permits. This includes terrorists, cartel operatives, gang members and the 75% of Utah illegal aliens who commit document and Social Security fraud, identity theft, etc. 1SHB116 allows individuals convicted of class A, B, C misdemeanors and non-serious felonies to get permits. (Lines 754-755) The bill allows illegal aliens who have committed identity theft to qualify as long as they have not been convicted. The provision in the bill to compensate the only kicks in once there has been a conviction or guilty plea. This sacrifices the 50,000 to 70,000 Utah children who are the victims of illegal alien identity theft. (Lines 754-755, 796-803, 1426-1456)\
- 1SHB116 violates itself by encouraging and inducing illegal aliens to come to Utah. Quoting federal law 8 USC 1324, lines 1599 - 1601 of 1SHB116 states: “(2) It is unlawful for a person to: . . . (c) encourage or induce an alien to come to, enter, or reside in this state, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that the alien's coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law;" Under current federal immigration law, a waiver for this bill, allowing illegal immigrants to work, is not possible. It would require an act of Congress signed by the President to change existing law. As passed by the Utah Legislature, 1SHB116 calls for obtaining multiple waivers from multiple federal agencies. However, in reality, 1SHB116 seeks an exclusion from several Federal Statutes by legislative fiat.
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