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Are Some of the Missing Utah Miners Illegal Immigrants?


An interesting, underreported aspect of the missing miner story in Utah is that three of the miners might be illegal immigrants. There is scant coverage of this in the media, however. Here’s one of the references to it that I could find on ABC News:

Some of the Mexican nationals may be illegal immigrants, according to Barbara Stinson Lee, a spokeswoman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City who talked to the Rocky Mountain News. She reportedly asked photographers not to take pictures of families who attended a Mass Tuesday night.

“It is a request from the families that there be no photographs. It’s not grief. It’s an immigration issue. They don’t need pictures on the front page of newspapers,” Lee told the News.

I can understand why the media is avoiding this now, as really the only thing that matters is trying to get these guys out safely. But, with today’s latest tragic news that three rescue workers were killed last night, at some point their immigration status will have to be addressed. Soon, questions will be asked of mine owner Bob Murray, and rightly so, that if he hired illegal immigrants to work in his mine, what other employment, mining or safety laws might he have broken as well?


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