Regarding the letter to the editor “Board fails to do its duty” on May 25:
Mesa’s Human Relations Advisory Board did not play “hot potato” with the issue as the author put it. They researched the issue of immigration diligently, heard from all sides, and came to a decision. In point of fact, they postponed work on two major issues in order to address the Utah Compact. Were you aware that it took a year for the original authors of the compact to come to an agreement?
There was a motion to pass the Utah Compact to the council in April. It was made by someone anxious to do something. However it neglected certain necessary steps. Further it was made without testimony from the Mesa Police Department or detailed information or statistics on the impact of current immigration policies on children and families. Additionally, in order for the compact to have any chance of passing the Mesa City Council, it needed to be accompanied by a summary of research and public comment.
On May 25, the board that you despise voted unanimously to forward the Mesa Compact to the Mesa City Council along with the summary, the research, public comments, etc. Additionally they voted to adopt and endorse, as an official position of the board, the Utah Compact. Further they voted to hold open discussions with residents of Mesa on immigration.
As to those who disagree with the Mesa Compact, I would advise that you take your blinders off, lose the impediments of rhetoric, and read the compact with an open mind.
Rachel Hemmings, Mesa