Utah immigration idea gets hearing in Arizona

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  • facts_r_stubborn Kaysville, UT
    March 2, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    I completely agree that the Utah Compact is the way to go for Utah and the nation. However, even the Utah legislature is not following the spirit of the Utah Compact for one primary reason.

    The Utah legislature is creating its own version of compreshensive reform rather than supporting efforts to have one uniform and consistent national solution as the Utah Compact suggests.

    To the extent that Utah does pass immigration related laws they should deal with those issues that are under state control, or they should add resources and support to federal policies and programs such as 287(g) and Secure Communities.

    What states should not do is create a patchwork of state laws that are inconsistent and confusing from state to state. They should not seek to reinvent the wheel or seek to replace existing federal laws that are already effective, as does the Sandstrom bill. Again, they should support existing programs to train and coordinate local law enforcement with federal ICE agents.

    Utah only guest worker programs while well intentioned open a Pandora's box of unintended consequences. Again, guest worker and other compreshensive reforms should be done for all states uniformly at the federal level.