(KCPW News) The immigration bills passed by the legislature this session could set the stage for what several other states aim to do in the future. Republican Senator Curt Bramble, the sponsor of what is being called the comprehensive approach to immigration, says national immigration panels, conferences, and media outlets have been reaching out to see what Utah is working on.
“In the last few weeks there have been several members of the national media that have contacted myself or other senators asking for updates on what we’re doing,” says Bramble. “Apparently there are members of the national media who have been following the immigration reform efforts of Utah.”
This month several Utah lawmakers were highlighted in special report published by the National Conference of State Legislatures, which asked the question, “Can Utah’s approach to immigration offer a way forward for other states?”
Senator Bramble says by the time the session is done, the answer will be yes.
“We’ve been contacted by other states,” he says. “The reality is that every state has an issue with an illegal alien population. We don’t have good tools to deal with it. The fact that the federal government has failed leaves states with a real challenge, and how do you deal with it in a compassionate way, respecting the rule of law, but recognizing the reality of the situation?”
Brambles SB 288, which includes an enforcement component and a guest worker program, will be debated next on the Senate floor.