Official purpose: "This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges Utah's congressional delegation to work with the United States Congress to pass effective and meaningful immigration reform to enhance the workforce of Utah and continue the economic strength of the state's business environment."
This is a bill working towards increasing LEGAL immigration, particularly "seasonal employees." Line 50 of the proposal states:
- "WHEREAS, current immigration law addresses neither documented U.S. labor shortages nor marketplace dynamics, and without a lawful avenue to provide seasonal employees, encourages continued unlawful immigration to the U.S. which continues to negatively impact the state's economy"
While it may be worthy to declare: "that the Legislature and the Governor express their opposition to granting blanket amnesty to undocumented persons and urge that appropriate sanctions be a part of any solution." Previous calls for Federal Immigration reform have repeatedly been calls for AMNESTY disguised a fine, but giving the malefactor the benefit of remaining PERMANENTLY in the US - with a Pathway to citizenship.
The most egregious failing of this resolution is "BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge that all components of Utah state government work to ensure that any efforts to effect immigration laws or laws related to Utah's workforce that impact immigration be deferred until Congress passes immigration reform pursuant to the principles stated in this resolution."
This would apparently mean NOTHING would be passed (if the resolution were to be followed)
(Addendum: The Bill was amended in Committee to remove THAT clause 2/18 and was subsequently passed)
The Utah Legislature CAN, SHOULD and, hopefully, WILL pass legislation THIS YEAR throttling the benefit magnet for illegals to flock to our fair state.