For two months, Mesa's Human Relations Advisory Board has played hot potato with the Utah Compact, passing it from one monthly meeting to the next. While the majority of the board claims to support the measure, they have failed to recommend its passage to City Council.
Fortunately, they won't have to keep passing that potato around for long. After Wednesday, the board will go on a three-month recess, allowing the Utah Compact to die quietly over the summer. Sadly, that appears to be what the board wants.
Can there be a greater indictment of our city than this? When the very people chosen to speak for human relations would rather silence an issue than vote on it, what hope can there be for Mesa?
Passage of the Utah Compact would send a strong signal to both a wary business community and an increasingly divided citizenry: a signal declaring that Mesa can (and will) enforce its laws while at the same time respecting the dignity of all people.
A rejection of the compact, on the other hand, will tell Mesa citizens that illegal immigration is such a tremendous problem that humane actions are counterproductive.
That said, failing to make a decision - one way or the other - says but one thing: the Human Relations Advisory Board is more interested in serving its members' reputations than in serving Mesa.
Manuela Jenkins, Mesa