Utah has chosen an approach different from Arizona’s to deal with illegal immigration, says NPR. No state has copied Arizona’s law so far. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a package of immigration bills. One is an enforcement law, milder than Arizona’s, but still opposed by liberal immigration advocates. Another is a guest-worker bill, which is opposed by some conservatives as amnesty.
State Rep. Bill Wright, who wrote part of the law, says he was trying to deal with the reality that there are 11 million illegal immigrants in America, and they are never going to be deported. Immigration reform advocate Frank Sharry of America’s Voice says, “The Utah legislation is a very rough draft of what we call comprehensive immigration reform at the national level. It combines enforcement and a program to make those here legal.”