Utah’s state lawmakers have passed one of four immigration bills so far during its legislative session, which is scheduled to end in two weeks. Prospects for the other three proposed bill are uncertain, the Daily Herald in Provo reported Tuesday.
The immigration enforcement bill proposed by state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom is the only one to pass both the state house and senate.
Two guest-worker bills, which would allow illegal immigrants to apply for guest-work status in Utah, are stalled. It’s questionable if the state has the authority to enact both pieces of legislation since the federal government is responsible for the nation’s immigration laws.
"It's time for the states to stand up and tell the federal government that they have failed on this issue. They may be failing on other issues, but in this, it has been decades," state Sen. Luz Robles, a Salt Lake City Democrat said at a press conference.
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