(KCPW News) Business, law enforcement, faith and government leaders will gather in Utah tomorrow to discuss immigration in the Mountain West Immigration Summit hosted by Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff.
“The biggest victim in this whole debate on immigration is the truth,” he tells KCPW. “We need to involve groups that have the same interests in doing real, comprehensive reform. The whole rush in states towards strict enforcement laws where we see happening first in Arizona then in other places is not working, and so we want to share our vision and what we’ve done here.”
Discussions at the summit will focus on how immigration affects the economy, security and faith.
Shurtleff says Utah is considered a leader in immigration reform, and meetings like this will help other states see that there are different options beyond just enforcement.
“When the rest of the country looks to Utah, when they say if a state like Utah, which is one of the reddest of red states with conservatives and so forth, if we can do something here, then they can do it anywhere. And so, everywhere I go people want to know how we did it,” says Shurtleff. “It’s basically a day full of information and really getting people excited about going to their states and spreading the message that there’s a better way to do reform.”
Representatives from Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming are scheduled to attend. The summit will be held at the City Center Marriott hotel in Salt Lake City.