Ed. Note: I wish to thank the Ogden Standard-Examiner in Utah for having the political courage to publish this guest editorial. The Deseret News, one of Utah’s pro-amnesty news outlets, declined to print it. Visit my personal blog at www.CherilynEagar.com for more opinion editorials and comments. –CBE
Recently, I was in New Orleans on business. As I strolled down Bourbon Street, I was alarmed to see innocent young girls dressed and working as prostitutes, standing in the doorways with older men lurking over their shoulders coaching them in the trade. Even more disturbing were the New Orleans police who patrolled the streets with an air of “business as usual,” blind to the horrid crimes against minors surrounding them.
The suffering New Orleans economy, post-Katrina and post-BP Gulf oil leak disaster, thrives on this underground business, similar to the many U.S. employers who turn a blind eye to reap the benefits of cheap labor from illegal aliens.
The media has capitalized on the 1,300 frightened people of “The List”— some of whom may have been wrongfully accused. Insults from amnesty proponents compare this “List” to Nazi / Hitler-tactics. To my Jewish friends, this is the highest ethnic insult and should be respectfully reserved for Holocaust survivors only. It is also a flawed analogy because Jews, prior to the Third Reich, were legal and lawful citizens.
Enough is enough. Emotions and finger-pointing from all sides are raging. We desperately need pragmatic problem-solving right now.
Right, wrong or illegal, according to news reports, many on the “List” reside and work in Utah illegally unfettered by the Feds or state law enforcement. Together with a politically-elite open border policy, this is the heart of the problem. Now legal citizens, elected officials, law enforcement officials and bureaucratic agents face a huge ethical and legal dilemma.
It is time to return to the core issue: Illegal Aliens in Utah. We applaud Attorney General Mark Shurtleff’s enthusiasm and zeal to bring justice to those who may have broken the law by disclosing private information. We now urge that same enthusiasm and zeal in prosecuting the illegal aliens on this and every list our government keeps.
Amnesty proponent Tony Yapias admitted his phone was ringing around the clock with people beyond those on the “List” who are terrified. Immigration attorney Mark Alvarez has publicly stated that illegal aliens in Utah are breaking the law. Then he gave them advice on how to protect themselves: follow the law and don’t get caught. This lack of respect for our legal system is astounding.
If someone in your neighborhood is breaking the law, what is your responsibility? We have elected officials to high office to protect our communities, state and nation. Like many hoping for common-sense immigration reform to solve the problem locally and nationally, I ask the Utah Attorney General to also prosecute those who are aiding, abetting and acting as accomplices to the felonies, which 75 percent of illegal aliens routinely commit: document fraud and identity theft. That doesn’t even include the large numbers who are directly connected to the drug cartels and drug-related crimes.
As AG Mark Shurtleff joins with Salt Lake’s Police Chief Chris Burbank and County Sheriff Jim Winder to ignore the real problems resulting from illegal immigration, they are intrinsically creating and fostering a crime culture in Utah similar to New Orleans. What’s worse, the “see no evil, hear no evil” approach is demolishing our Constitution and the pursuit of happiness.
This past week, a select group of 30 to 40 members of the community attended Governor Gary Herbert’s roundtable on illegal immigration. In coming weeks, the Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration will present to Utah legislators a realistic resolution to curb the failed immigration policies of the past.
Cherilyn Eagar, former U.S. Senate candidate (R-UT) 2010 was rated the “True Reform” candidate by the Washington D.C.-based immigration policy organization NumbersUSA. She is the Vice President of WebsTarget, a Salt Lake City-based real estate Internet marketing company.