As you may know, I am an Hispanic Utah Young Republican Delegate. Whenever I find time I have attended immigration discussions across the State of Utah and I have spoken privately with Governor Herbert several times as well about immigration reform. I steer away from the negative rhetoric on illegal immigration and stick to the facts. I have an open mind and big heart when I speak to fellow Hispanics and fellow conservatives pushing for immigration reform. My own Uncle, Mario Rodriguez, has over 20 years of experience as an Immigration Attorney with Law Firm Offices in the U.S. & Colombia; giving me some insight on illegal immigration. I feel as if my best place for the Utah Immigration discussion is to be a peace maker.
I attended the House Services Standing Committee meeting on HB116, Guest Worker bill, and listened on that bill. Honestly, I went in against the bill. Then after listening to Farmers across the State of Utah speaking in favor of the bill I felt torn between the Constitutionality of the bill and the need for Legal Immigrants. Vice Chairman Dean Sanpei kept asking for speakers for and against the bill and so I texted him and told him if he would ask for someone torn in the middle that I would gladly speak before the committee. Well that was comedic. I realize that the federal government is the only authorizing agency to issue visas, green cards and other proper work permits. But my gut tells me and farmers facts seems like were likely to obtain a Federal Waiver. Yet my conservative friends attacked HB116 for being a form of amnesty for illegal aliens. For allowing current illegal Utah immigration to enter the Guest Worker program and allowing them to sponsor a family member.
HB466 has the common ground to satisfy the needs of Farmers and Tax Payers across Utah. I feel that the Legislators in Utah are definitely heading in the right direction. I throw my personal support behind HB466.
Bill Text: http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/hbillint/hb0466.htm