Contracting company challenges Utah's immigration law

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  • M.Sanchez Salt Lake City, Utah
    Sept. 28, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    To equate SB35 with the anti illegal alien issue is irresponsible. At no time during the committee meeting were there advocates for the illegal aliens speaking against SB35. They were busy ignoring this bill for HB497. Some of those who spoke in favor of this bill were Hispanic trade workers.
    Companies like Universal are predators who prey upon illegal aliens, cheating them of their wages and workers rights.
    This business model nationwide is an exploitation of labor as brought out in discussions in congress by labor advocate Cathrine Ruckelshaus.

    Senator Mayne, a well respected Democrat who stands for labor ran this legislation to protect workers from these predators. Documentation of labor violations against illegal aliens which borded upon forced labor. SB 35 passed both the Utah House and Senate unanimously and was quickly signed by the Governor in 2010.

  • Brer Rabbit Spanish Fork, UT
    Sept. 27, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    Maybe Universal Contracting, LLC ought to quit hiring and contracting with cheap illegal labor. If that is what they feel that they have to do, perhaps they should go out of business. It is easy for an employer to determine if the proposed worker is legal or not. Simply do an E-Verify check. It is hard for honest employers/contractors to compete with those that hire or use cheap illegal labor in any for any type of work. There are plenty of Utah skilled labor to do the job. The use of illegal foreign labor depresses wages for everyone.