(UNEDITED) The writers of the letters "Entering legally offers a brighter future", "Why have laws if illegals can break them?" and numerous similar letters. "This is the place", offering a brighter future. Illegal immigration began when Mormon pioneers entered Mexico illegally in 1847. This was Mexico until the Hidalgo Treaty of 1848. US troops under Winfield Scott killed many Mexicans in a trumped up war and invaded Mexico City , " "...the Halls of Montezuma..."
Little known to Utahan's is their true history and do not believe Utah was willing to fight and kill Mexicans for this land. Why was the "Mormon Battalion" formed? Not many know. Yet we celebrate illegal alien day July 24th.
Why did our parents immigrate legally? 50 years to 100 years ago, it was relatively easy to immigrate. Immigration laws and quotas have change, especially after 9-11.
Many people haven't a clue on immigration requirements. It is costly, red tape galore and may be 9 months to get a green card. USA Naturalization typically takes 7 to 9 years and most U.S. citizens could not pass the test. The rules are different for each country aliens immigrate from.
For illegals to become legal, they must first be deported for 10 years, since they violated the law and be separated from family members. Thus the immigration issue is not simple solution. Everyone in this country has eaten, roomed or had something manufactured by an illegal and profited. As to an officer requiring documentation by profiling being OK? YES of course, if you are a Gringo.
For every illegal alien here there is an illegal employer.
American Indians are from North to South America. But the "American Indian" to us is only between the lines drawn by the white man.
Many noted Americans, like Abraham Lincoln were against the war with Mexico.
Ralph Waldo Emerson who wrote in his journal as American troops stormed into Mexico:
"The United States will conquer Mexico, but it will be as the man who swallows the arsenic, which brings him down in turn. Mexico will poison us."