I learn something new every day. I just learned from the comments to this thoughtful, well-written, and itself informative editorial that illegal immigration is a civil offense, not a criminal one. Therefore, the statement that illegal immigrants are criminals is false. They can be fined or imprisoned for evading immigration, but it's a civil statute, not a criminal one.
The responses to the editorial are about as virulent and bigoted as you'd expect--people in Utah are no better at treating undocumented immigrants with respect than people in the rest of the country, the pleas of our leaders notwithstanding. What's sad is that people seem to have no idea that they are acting in just as bigoted a manner as their predecessors 150 years ago.