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Immigration reform makes for divisive debate in Utah. Chris Cannon's district.
The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | April 19, 2004

Posted on 04/19/2004 3:58:03 PM PDT by Missouri

Immigration reform makes for divisive debate

By Kirsten Stewart The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Republican Congressman Chris Cannon met his two GOP challengers in a debate on Saturday where, once again, immigration reform proved to be the most polarizing issue in the 2004 election race.

Cannon and former state Rep. Matt Throckmorton, who have each complained of being unfairly attacked by the other for "special-interest-driven" or "racist" views on immigration, kept the debate cordial. But the topic took up most of the allotted hour, drew the most vigorous applause and set otherwise closely ideologically aligned candidates apart from one another.

"It was a remarkable debate," said Cannon who was reluctant at first to participate. "Reaching delegates is what this is all about. And some crazy things have been said that need addressing."

Saturday's event was the first, and probably the last, time that Cannon will square off with opponents before the May 8 state convention, where roughly 1,000 delegates will decide whether the four-term congressman will be forced into a Republican primary.

Some of those delegates -- about 200 and hailing mostly from Utah County -- were present for the sound-off.

All three, including Salt Lake City attorney Greg Hawkins, applauded President Bush's tax breaks while opposing federal education mandates under the administration's No Child Left Behind Act and provisions in the Patriot Act that threaten to erode Americans' civil rights.

Differences of opinion were rare. But when it came to immigration, the only shared message was: S omething needs to done to stop illegals from crossing the nation's borders and draining its educational and healthcare resources.

Cannon believes the best way to get a handle on the problem is to encourage illegal aliens "to come out of the shadows."

The federal government can't efficiently manage the flow of legal immigrants, much less find and deport an estimated 12 million undocumented workers if "we don't know who they are," he said, defending his proposed legislation that would allow farmworkers here illegally to obtain legal status.

Throckmorton, on the other hand, believes the best way to slow immigration is to take away the incentives for coming here in the first place.

"Ninety percent of those who come to this country want to go home, but the system encourages them to stay," by giving them "amnesty" and college tuition breaks, he said.

Hawkins said both his opponents are wrong. He agrees that something needs to be done to better track and help those already in America contribute to society, but called Cannon's legislation another "half-baked" example of "corporate welfare


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: aliens; chriscannon; debates; illegals; immigration; republicans; utah
Any odds?
1 posted on 04/19/2004 3:58:04 PM PDT by Missouri
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2 posted on 04/19/2004 3:59:11 PM PDT by Missouri
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Throckmorton: "Ninety percent of those who come to this country want to go home, but the system encourages them to stay,"

What? If they want to go home, or be home, why in the world are they here in the first place? I'm sorry, Sir, but that statement just doesn't pass the smell test.

Next.

3 posted on 04/19/2004 4:04:51 PM PDT by HiJinx (Go with Courage, go with Honor, go in God's good Grace. Come home when you're done. We'll be here.)
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but called Cannon's legislation another "half-baked" example of "corporate welfare

Hawkings got that one right.

4 posted on 04/19/2004 4:06:58 PM PDT by Missouri
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Let me clarify that one for you. They are here because they need to suck the money. But their allegiance is to the motherland, Mama Mexico. That's why they are here but they would rather be there.
5 posted on 04/19/2004 4:26:31 PM PDT by henderson field
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That's also why they send nearly $12 Billion per year back to Mama Mexico.

But no, immigrants don't cost us anything. /sarcasm
6 posted on 04/19/2004 8:12:21 PM PDT by HiJinx (Go with Courage, go with Honor, go in God's good Grace. Come home when you're done. We'll be here.)
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To: henderson field
Yes it's the green money they love most of all --- but they'll wave their flags and refuse to learn the language in which the US Constitution was written and that is the common language of the American people. "Viva La Patria" never means "Long Live the USA". Their ties are to Mexico but not enough to stay and fight for changes there.
7 posted on 04/19/2004 8:19:07 PM PDT by FITZ
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That doesn't even begin to include the illegal drug business money which is what much illegal crossings are all about. The drug cartel money goes much more directly into their government officials pockets too.
8 posted on 04/19/2004 8:24:12 PM PDT by FITZ
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The take from the legal remissions is enormous...can you imagine how much Wells Fargo and Bank of America would love to get a cut of the drug money?
9 posted on 04/19/2004 9:10:09 PM PDT by HiJinx (Go with Courage, go with Honor, go in God's good Grace. Come home when you're done. We'll be here.)
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