Want to Fix the Immigration Problem? First Fix Our Outdated Laws [Hub Debate]

While there has rightly been a lot of concern about the plight of tens of thousands of children along the US/Mexico border, the debate seems to come down to how to make the border more secure. That certainly is one important part of the immigration debate, but instead of asking how we can effectively fortify 1,945 miles of inhospitable border, we should be asking why so many people are trying to cross it at all costs instead of immigrating to the United States through the proper channels.

Immigration Sin Rodeos [Hub Debate]

In 1983, R.E.M. opened for The Police at the Capital Centre. Lead singer Michael Stipe said, “We will play eleven songs.” He said no more. The group rocked. Utah Politico Hub posed three questions and asked for five hundred words: 1. Who is to blame for the immigration crisis? 2. What should be done to solve it? 3. Who will it hurt more in the 2014 elections? There are two crises: A. Unaccompanied minors detained at or near the border. B. An outdated immigration system. For crisis A, the blame…

Free Markets, Not Protectionism, Fix Immigration [Hub Debate]

There’s no small hypocrisy that many of the groups and individuals who have strong anti-immigration stances also profess a love for the free market. After all, the immigration problems we have are a direct result of abandoning free market principles. Shockingly, most of the prescribed solutions of stronger enforcement also involve protectionism for US citizens in their job. What we really need is a free market in business and labor to fix these problems. Over the span of many decades, government protectionism has ruined the economy and legal stability of…

Immigration Issues Illustrate Ills in Washington [Hub Debate]

[7-23-2014: Updated to better reflect Hispanic voting] The news channels have picked up the drumbeat. Images of tired, dirty hungry children wandering lost inside the U.S. and Mexico border. Makeshift camps and established shelters filled to capacity with huddled masses. Stories of criminals, cartel members and human traffickers charging the impoverished years’ worth of wages and making false promises to lure many of the hopefuls to a supposed new life in America. People suffering, families broken apart. The angles appealing to our general humanity are nearly endless. While the human…

Eric Cantor forgot the #1 rule in politics

“Unprecedented!” “Historic!” “Out of left field!” (or in this case, right field) “Unexpected!… Stunning!… Shocking!…” Writers all over the country are pulling out the old thesaurus to try and find the right words to describe US House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss last night. In addition to the right headline grabber, writers were (and are) scrambling to find out WHY Cantor lost. People I know and trust call him the “workhorse of the Republican majority, a statesman, a faithful husband, and a great father. He also surrounded himself with some of the best…

30 minutes with my Congressman: Jason Chaffetz

During the first week of May, Utah Politico Hub contributing writer and Salt City Throwdown podcaster Shon Harris was able to spend some time in Washington D.C.. During this unique “behind the scenes” experience he met with all six members of the Utah Congressional delegation. This is the 21st year the University of Utah has offered this unique program to qualified, students who are unable to take part in a full semester term internship at the local or federal level.  Over the next couple of days, he will post about…

Thirty Minutes with my Congressman: Chris Stewart

During the first week of may Utah Politico Hub contributing writer and podcaster Shon Harris was able to spend some time in Washington D.C.. During this unique “behind the scenes” experience he met with all six members of the Utah Congressional delegation. Over the next couple of days, he will post about the time spent with all of them; because each of them were interesting in their own way and had their own quirks.    Today’s subject, is the representative of Utah’s Second Congressional District, Chris Stewart. Representative Stewart was elected in 2012, after Jim Matheson decided…