Sunday, March 02, 2008

Buttars' illegal-immigrant/lifestyle ancestors give one pause

When one's genealogy duties aren't going well, a temptation may arise to branch out to someone else's family tree. With the help of a professional genealogist pal (thanks, Upton), we've learned lots of interesting things about Sen. Chris Buttars. Not only were some of his ancestors illegal immigrants but, as the genealogist said, "They could have used a domestic partner registry."

Buttars' great-grandfather, David Buttar, was born in Scotland in 1822. He came over in 1854, but never legalized his status. Although he (or someone) told the census taker in 1910 that Mr. Buttar was naturalized, that's not what federal immigration records indicate.

Now, I know what some of you illegal-coddlers will say: "It was hard for polygamists to get naturalized back then, blahblahblah." Tough. If you can't be here legally, you can't be here. It's called the rule of law. And, of course, the polygamy problem went away in 1890. After that, many of Mr. Buttar's Cache County neighbors were naturalized, but we didn't find one for him.

Meanwhile, illegal immigrant Buttar was getting government benefits that should have gone to Americans. For example, he got free land under a homestead act. He was protected by U. S. soldiers when he moved to an area where Native Americans were already living. And he made the government expend resources on prosecuting him by violating the rule of law with his multi-spouse lifestyle choice.

And that's not all. This scofflaw wasn't legally married, either, even before he delved into polygamy. His second wife was never divorced from her first husband, it appears. (Not to mention that she absconded from England with their child without her husband's consent--typical illegal, already committing crimes before even getting here.)

Doesn't it make your blood boil? This man and woman, living together in sin, yet wanting the same benefits as a real marriage? The nerve! The only thing that could have made this worse would have been if Clarkston, Utah, had a domestic partner registry. Illicit relationships like that shouldn't be encouraged.

15 comments:

theorris said...

Brilliant!

Tom Grover said...

Do you mind if I use this on air. Absolutely fabulous. I'll will credit.

Voice of Utah said...

Sure -- thanks for reading!

JMD said...

Just have to love it when someone like Buttar's ends up having more than a few skeletons in the closet.

theorris said...

I've been meaning to write about my ancestors who left Canada to come to the U.S. in 1845 and then trekked off to Mexico (i.g. what would be Utah) in 1847. I don't think they ever became "legal" themselves. Then again, if you are in conquered territory (from Mexico) perhaps they were apart of the assumption of all Mexican residents living in the territory into U.S. citizenship?

Perhaps.

But there is that sticky bit of time they spent in Missouri and the then unorganized parts of the Louisiana Purchase.

Hmm.

In any case, as I said, brilliant. It is nice to throw the illegal immigration of many of the ancestors of those who proclaim the loudest against immigrant and migrant workers today.

Now if we could just resolve the horrible issue of pay disparity that the rich folks want to mask through "compassion" I'd be much less suspicious of their motives, as well.

What we currently have, of course, is a slave class of undocumented people coming to this country to obtain an income that they cannot obtain in their native countries.

It is all very disturbing.

Azzix said...

As offensive as I find him, it seems to be to be patently unfair to criticize Mr. Buttars for the actions of his ancestors.

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