Monday, August 29, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Former Arizona State Senator Karen Johnson
August 29, 2011

In the Spring of 2010, when Arizona passed a relatively mild bill (SB1070) that mirrored already existing federal law on illegal immigration, shocked pro-amnesty groups in the neighboring state of Utah formed a coalition to devise a counter-move. These groups were frustrated with the failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform (i.e., amnesty), and were terrified that the growing movement to pass laws against illegal immigration at the state level would spread across the country. The result of the coalition=s efforts was the “Utah Compact” B a masterful blend of political savvy, deception, and psychological manipulation.

On November 11, 2010, the Compact was unveiled in Salt Lake City. The date had been carefully chosen for its symbolic effect. It was the anniversary of the signing of the Mayflower Compact, the mere mention of which causes a surge of emotion to swell the hearts of freedom-loving Americans. The 21 principle sponsors of the Compact ceremoniously signed the document, subtly mimicking the signing of the Mayflower Compact and the U.S. Constitution, a nice touch that cloaked the Compact in patriotism. The Compact reads as follows:


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