Herbert: Immigration Bill Can’t be Unfunded Mandate

(KCPW News) As the Utah Legislature prepares to debate immigration, Governor Gary Herbert is warning that any immigration bills that are passed had better be paid for, and not impose any additional costs on local cities and towns.

“Look at the fiscal note.  What is the cost of what you’re going to change going to be to the taxpayers?” said Herbert. “And make sure you account for that, rather than say to the local governments, ‘well, just absorb it, it’s just another unfunded mandate.’”

Several competing immigration bills will likely be debated by lawmakers, including one that would strictly enforce federal immigration law, and another that would let undocumented residents get a permit to work in Utah.

Speaking at his monthly news conference on KUED, Governor Herbert said the rule of law must be respected, but also:

“We need to respect the humanity of the people we’re dealing with,” said the governor. “These are human beings. This ought to have nothing to do with race or ethnicity, it only has to do with condition.”

Herbert expects the legislature will be able to pass a bill that he supports during this session, but said that a complete solution to immigration reform must involve the federal government.

  1. Dora D

    THIS IS A NO BRAINER. You finance this enforcement by fining the businesses that are hiring illegal workers. Kill 2 birds with one stone.

  2. Brittanicus

    The American taxpayer needs to be alerted of the terrible toll of illegal immigration fiscal impact on federal, State and municipal government public services. We need more politicians as Rep. Elton Galligey chairman of a congressional immigration panel who believes that the American people deserve tougher immigration laws and that immigration laws are being neglected by States and their counties. Illegal aliens are reducing the retirement payments, pensions to our Senior Citizens. At http://tinyurl.com/5u8wc2n According to the Journal of American (the report on Illegal Aliens and American medicine) http://tinyurl.com/o6r27 defines the statement as a monolithic non-reimbursement concern of hurting hospitals across the United States. Illegal aliens are costing more than the prior Iraqi war as seen here, http://tinyurl.com/4ss2hzf Another argument is the education system , that has become a massive bottomless pit of money, for schooling the children of illegal immigrants http://tinyurl.com/5nk42a

    Then we have the illegal alien crime wave adding to our own criminals spreading in every neighborhood across this nation. http://tinyurl.com/4hvzphx These are reports with reputable sources that are just the tip of the iceberg that every taxpayer should read. http://tinyurl.com/6h238a2 and http://tinyurl.com/6aupx9w Removing illegal immigrants from America that we are feeding, housing and giving free hospital access, would go a very long way in saving bankruptcies in state treasuries and the federal failure of placing American taxpayers before nationals of other corrupt countries. Call your Senator or politician about illegal Immigration, and Amnesty at Washington switchboard to be connected at 202-224-3121. The nation should only welcome highly skilled workers, and denounces any Liberal progressive lawmaker who sees the invasion as great generator of cash for the economy.

    When every day US citizens and legal non-citizens who are rightfully here have been uprooted from their jobs, only to find an illegal alien has stepped into that spot lowering wages. In these type of circumstances it is the displaced workers duty to report this suspicious activity to ICE. Once the –REAL–DOUBLE –FENCE is constructed with concertina razor wire and every inch of the border region is sealed by stationed troops. Then the military without restrictions has access to prohibited to open land where smugglers and the drug cartel reside and take them out, Then perhaps later a uniform Guest Worker program can be introduced, without the rampant fraud that exists right now after interior and border enforcement. NumbersUSA.

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