Below are a variety of sources regarding the Utah Compact. All items are posted for your information and consideration. Views therein do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of the author of this blog.
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Karen Johnson, a former Arizona State Senator, has written a number of very significant articles critical of the Utah Compact and pointing to those behind the compact. What she has uncovered will be quite surprising to those who support the Utah Compact. These articles are well-worth reading. The link above will take you to an index of her articles on the newswithviews.com website. Her articles are linked individually below.
Johnson, Karen (8/19/11)
"The One-Sided Utah Compact"
"Suffering near apoplexy over the passage of SB1070 in Arizona and the growing national movement to pass similar bills in other states, the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce rallied business groups, churches, and other like-minded organizations to devise a plan to head off any SB1070-type bills that might arise in state legislatures and buy time for Congress to pass amnesty. Pretending that the 'Utah Solution" was something new, unique, and more compassionate than previous attempts at immigration reform, they put it in a pretty new package, slapped a brand-new label on it, and took it on tour, trying to foist it off on other states and Congress. But despite the new packaging, it's still all about amnesty. And the vaunted diversity of the Utah Compact is a sham."
Johnson, Karen (8/29/11)
"Most readers will be totally unaware of the subtle psychological traps in the Utah Compact. They will read the Compact and reach a conclusion — most likely in favor of amnesty — but will be unaware that the conclusion they have reached will not be freely made. It will not be based on a truthful, straightforward presentation of facts and arguments. Their conclusion will be the result of coercive psychological tricks and subtle mental manipulation. The Utah Compact is a seductive piece of political propaganda."
"We may never know for sure who actually wrote the Utah Compact. What is clear, however, is that the Compact is not some sparkling new approach to the complex problems of immigration that sprang forth with pristine virtue from the God-fearing Mormons of Utah, as its creators would have everyone believe. The Utah Compact is the cornerstone of a major campaign of the Left, conceived by Washington radicals, implemented with manipulation and deception, and funded by the likes of George Soros, with the goal of ramming amnesty down the throats of the American people, whether we like it or not."
Johnson, Karen (9/14/11)
"The Utah Compact and the Rule of Law"
"Like a lovely temptress, the Compact whispers beguiling phrases that seduce listeners into ignoring the Rule of Law in favor of a well-meaning but misguided compassion. We succumb to the temptress at our peril."
"The campaign to pass "comprehensive immigration reform," or amnesty, is charging like a speeding train at Congress. After the last major attempt went down to defeat in 2007, the open-borders advocates licked their wounds and regrouped, realizing they would have to reframe amnesty to make it look conservative and reduce the pressure on conservative Congressmen. The end result was the Utah Compact, a happy sounding statement of principles regarding immigration."
Johnson, Karen (10/25/11)
"All Roads Lead to 'Radical' (Part 2 of 2)"
"It doesn't matter which direction you approach the Utah Compact. Whether through its creators, its signers, its supporters, or its promoters, all roads lead to "radical." The Utah Compact was dreamed up by radicals, facilitated by radicals, fine-tuned by radicals, and funded by radicals. Now it's slithering from state to state, escorted by radicals who would have you believe that it's nothing more than a nice little conservative message."
Johnson, Karen (12/7/11)
"Will the Utah Compact Derail Mitt Romney?"
"You can be sure that others have gotten the message loud and clear. Mitt Romney's 2007 "Faith in America" speech aside, many people are wondering once again what a Mormon candidate for political office will do when faced with a decision that appears contrary to the position of the LDS church leadership. Can Romney be trusted to secure the borders, since it appears that the leaders of the Mormon Church want amnesty?"
"The leaders of the LDS Church may not have recognized the propaganda buried in the Utah Compact or the inflammatory, deceptive language of the statements issued by the Church Public Communications Department. But the creators of the Compact and the authors of the Church statements knew perfectly well what it all meant. They selected their words carefully and subtly embedded the propaganda into both the Compact and the Church statements. To the degree that the authors knew what they were doing, they are guilty of deceiving the Church leadership."
Mortensen, Ron (4/13/11)
"Salt Lake Chamber Dupes the Supporters of the Utah Compact"
"Did the Salt Lake Chamber dupe Utah's religious organizations, social justice groups, and media outlets into helping it pass legislation that guarantees its business members a large pool of low-cost, easily exploited illegal alien labor? It appears that that may have been the case."
Mortensen, Ron (11/12/11)
"Utah Compact Supporters Turn Veterans Day Into Amnesty Day"
"The Utah Compact's primary purpose is to provide employers with a large, low cost, easily exploited workforce. It is also seen as a means for expanding the active membership of various religious organizations. In order to do this, Compact supporters focus on providing amnesty for illegal aliens."
Mortensen, Ron (3/13/2012)
"Why You Should Be Concerned About Utah's Key Role In The Amnesty Movement"
"In 2011, the pro-amnesty movement implemented a hostile takeover of Utah, beginning with the disingenuous Utah Compact and following up with the passage of HB116, Utah's guestworker program. Both the compact and the guestworker programs are described by amnesty advocates as models for the nation."
Mortensen, Ron (5/24/13)
"Hatch Supports Amnesty Despite Clear Utah GOP Opposition"
"During the party's recent state organizing convention, debate on a resolution designed to put the Utah Republican Party on record as supporting the Utah Compact was quickly ended when a majority of the delegates voted to postpone it indefinitely, much to the shock of the powerful individuals and groups behind it."
Right View Mirror Blog (2/8/11)
"Utah Immigration Compact - An Alternative to Obeying the Law"
"As far as immigration law (or any other law, for that matter) is concerned, the obvious approach in America is: if you don’t like the law, work to change it; until that time, obey the laws on the books. The intent of the Compact is to influence change in immigration law, swaying Utah law (not federal law, mind you) toward lenient immigration policies and amnesty. While the Compact and those who support it proclaim that immigration is a federal issue and therefore pro-enforcement state legislation should be stifled, they hypocritically have no problem striving to influence state legislators in support of their anti-enforcement agenda."
Robbins, Darrell (1/25/11)
"The Real Utah Compact"
"Given the fact that the Utah Compact is being sold as a model for other states to mimic, a closer look at the document itself is warranted. One goal of this "create a compact" operation seems to be to stir up support for an "America's Compact." Absent such a nation-wide document, a secondary approach seems to be in play that consists of getting enough state compacts going to create a critical mass of pressure on Congress to pass "comprehensive immigration reform."'
Robbins, Darrell (2/1/13)
"The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce's Utah Compact/HB116 Shadow Operation"
"When the Salt Lake Chamber's Robin Riggs appeared on a conference call with ImmigrationWorks USA's Tamar Jacoby two weeks after HB116 was signed into law, he exposed the true nature of how the law came to be and the covert operation that produced the Utah Compact.
That process was shrouded in secrecy and deception. The Chamber worked to keep their role in the process out of the public's eye and portray it "as something that came from the broader community, not from the Chamber."
Robbins, Darrell (2/2/13)
"The Covert Operation Behind the Utah Compact"
"Along with the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce lurking in the shadows regarding the Utah Compact and HB116, the following astonishing statements about the process leading up to the Utah Compact should cause us all concern."
Robbins, Darrell (2/6/13)
"The Utah Compact and the NIF's Question: "How do we make sure that the opposition is seen as driven by racist elements?"
"The focus will not just be on the middle, but also on creating an enemy to attach the "wrong" immigration views to and marginalize so that "correct" immigration views will be seen as the only "reasonable" option.
Remember, the man who heads the National Immigration Forum, which was instrumental in the process of creating the Utah Compact, believes in marginalizing the opposition and asked the question, "How do we make sure that the opposition is seen as driven by racist elements?"
Terran, Mark (1/25/12)
"When LDS leaders speak"
"The Utah Compact has been the subject of much discussion and considerable controversy. Some allege that it contains deliberately misleading language intended to subtly promote tolerance of illegal immigration, opposition to enforcement of immigration and other laws, and amnesty, in various guises, for individuals who flout the law."