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Ed Barrow Donating Member (585 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-29-10 04:22 PM
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Utah A.G. proposing different kind of immigration reform
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Source: Salt Lake Tribune

Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said Monday he is working with officials in Utah and Mexico to create a Utah-specific guest-worker pilot program that he believes could serve as a more forward-looking course for immigration reform than the path Arizona has followed.

I do feel very strongly that those who are going to be opposed to the Arizona-style law have to have a counterproposal. Just saying no isnt going to cut it, he said. Utah can take control of its immigration destiny by having a comprehensive plan in place that addresses things like employment and security.


Among those he has spoken with are the consul general and other officials from the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, which Shurtleff said processes more H-2B guest-worker visas than any other state. Nuevo Leon tests its prospective workers and groups them according to their skills, making it easy to connect workers with jobs.

Ultimately, Shurtleff said he would like Utah to create a state immigration commission and sign a memorandum of understanding with Nuevo Leon to create a pipeline of legal, documented and tested workers from Nuevo Leon to Utah businesses. Arizona explored such a deal, but it was scuttled when the state passed its restrictive immigration law.

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