Utah Legislature passes immigration reform package
SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah lawmakers have approved an immigration package that includes an enforcement law reminiscent of Arizona's but tempered with a guest worker program for illegal immigrants.
The immigration measures approved by both chambers Friday night would allow illegal immigrants to get a permit to work in Utah. But they also include a requirement that police check the immigrant status of anyone stopped for a felony or serious misdemeanor.
Supporters say the entire package balances economic needs and compassion, while opponents argue it will likely encourage more illegal immigration.