The state of Utah, home to roughly 110,000 undocumented immigrants, has made the decision to demonstrate that “it’s not Arizona,” passing laws that should clearly assist the foreigners illegally living there.
Enforcement of New Jersey’s, Utah’s and Arizona’s immigration law is the responsibility of the United States Government. However, the U.S. Congress does not appear to be willing or able to tackle the myriad immigration law issues facing the nation.
That disparity has caused a patchwork of different schemes to deal with the nation’s burgeoning immigration crisis. The Utah Legislature is considering one law to check the immigration status of any individual they arrest for a serious crime. Another sets two-year permits for guest workers from the Mexican province of Nuevo Leon and calls for fines for businesses that take on undocumented workers outside of the program.
In order to obtain a guest-worker identity card, aliens and their families have to first pay a fine of up to $2,500 and have also demonstrate that they have no criminal record. The fine would only be $1,000 for those who entered legally but are out of status.
The governor of Utah, Gary Herbert, backs the measures adopted by the state legislature but has given no indication that he will sign the measures into law.
Utah officials certainly would like to avoid taking on an image of being anti-hispanic. Utah legislatures also seem willing to take on the tough issue of illegal immigration. Representatives of Utah’s lucrative agriculture and tourism industries, which employ
It is unquestionable that illegal aliens contribute to the economy by consuming goods and paying taxes on those goods. Many also pay into social programs such as social security and state and federal taxes only to find themselves ineligible to participate in those same programs.