(KCPW News) Several bills in the Utah legislature this year aim to deal with illegal immigration on the state level. And lawmakers in one senate committee passed a resolution last week urging the federal government to make that effort easier.
“It calls upon on our Congressional delegation to advance legislation that would allow the states, the individual states, to manage the immigration issues within their borders,” said Republican Senator Stuart Reid.
Reid is sponsoring SJR 12, which pushes Utah’s two U.S. senators and three Congressmen to be more active in advancing immigration legislation of their own.
Ronald Mortensen with the Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration said Congress has been (quote) “AWOL” on immigration, and the states will have to assume responsibility unless it acts.
“I would dare say that we all agree that we would like to see Congress come up with a rational immigration policy that is in the best interest of the United States and supports the rule of law,” he said.
Some lawmakers have proposed various guest worker programs this year as a way to get a handle on immigration, but they’d likely require approval from the federal government to move forward.