Gov. Gary Herbert wanted lawmakers to toughen E-Verify


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  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    March 1, 2012 1:05 a.m.

    I think he's lying. That is my well-considered opinion. I think that the decision was made months ago, if not a year ago, that NOTHING was going to touch or threaten HB116 -- which meant that NONE of the immigration bills for this session were going to be allowed to move forward.

  • Robert Wren Heber, UT
    Feb. 29, 2012 9:45 p.m.

    Congratulation, Utah, by refusing to hear HB 477 Everify; you have joined the VERY small minority of US voters who OPPOSE mandatory Everify to protect US jobs.

    New Poll from NumbersUSA:

    "Most people assume that favoring enforcement against illegal immigration is a crowd-pleaser among Republican voters. And that is certainly true for mandatory E-Verify:

    94% favor - 6% oppose: REPUBLICANS
    84% favor - 16% oppose: INDEPENDENTS
    81% favor  19% oppose: DEMOCRATS

  • RichardB Murray, UT
    Feb. 29, 2012 9:41 p.m.

    If the Governor can't get one vote in his own party, he is not an effective leader.

    Philpott is looking better and better, he will kill HB116.

  • 1conservative WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 29, 2012 8:21 p.m.

    Sorry, I don't believe it!

    If the Guv. would have wanted e-verify bad enough, they WOULD HAVE come through for him.

    If "push came to shove", all he would have had to do was threaten to veto something the legislature passed (and wanted badly) and they would have visited e-verify and applied TOUGH penalties for non-compliance.

    On Utahs capital hill, EVERYONE is trying to shift blame.

    Its an election year!

  • Ronald Mortensen Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 29, 2012 7:55 p.m.

    "I think that's unfortunate for a lot of reasons," Herbert said Wednesday.

    It is certainly unfortunate that the Governor failed to provide any leadership on the issue. He could have intervened with House leaders or just changed one vote on the Rules Committee but he didn't.

    He can still intervene and get it passed if he really wants to - but he won't because he wants to use it as a campaign issue in order to get people to forget his support of HB116.