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Legislative Update - whither goest HB 116???

 Still only a few "immigration" bills
Employment Verification Amendments

“This bill modifies commerce and trade, and general government provisions, to address verification of employment status.” The implementation and program start date of HB116 (2011) might have altered current E-verification law required by business with over 15 employees. This bill attempted to insure continuity with that requirement and increased E-verify usage by requiring a notification of compliance with Utah Department of Commerce registration.

HB 253 failed to get through the committee (meeting was adjourned with a motion to hold was made) Discussion and comments at the hearing were fairly interesting, lasting about an hour. The bill wasn't very well understood (or explained); 'business' groups were unanimously opposed citing too much work, intrusive, business shouldn't be law enforcers, etc.)

After some adjustments the bill could come back


The bill “exempts the Board of Regents from verifying lawful presence of certain scholarship” (Regents or New Century ) Passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously. Some have wondered why it wasn't heard in the Education Committee, now on the Senate 2nd reading calendar.

This would provide similar post high school benefits to unauthorized aliens as HB 144 2002 Utah's Dream Act passed “if allowed by federal law.” and promptly put into practice. Sponsor of the bill indicated there would only be 10-20 students involved and the "Bill will not go into effect until US Congress allows it.” It has still never been passed and now several hundred unauthorized alien are taking advantage of the break. Students who still could not be legally employed after graduation.

HJR 1 Joint Resolution Expressing Support for the Utah Compact  is the remaining bill, so far.  

The Utah Compact was a Public Relations project Initiated by the Salt Lake Chamber (check out some history here) and the Sutherland Institute to insure cheap labor and the ability to pass on costs to taxpayers in an act of pseudo-compassion. Its deceptive packaging totally eliminated any differentiation between legal immigrants and unauthorized, (or illegal or undocumented) immigrants (or migrants).

SCR 1 (2009) was one of its parents, HB 116 (2011) was its offspring

Drafter of Utah Compact calls document 'gold standard' for fixing nation's immigration problems

Paul Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based conservative public policy think tank, said he intends to tell members of Utah's congressional delegation during visits Wednesday to seize that opportunity and to use the Utah Compact as a guide.”

Obama’s hope on immigration reform is Utah, Mormon Church

Washington » The White House is pointing to the Utah Compact and the Mormon Church’s support of its broad principles as proof that conservatives have moral and political reasons to back comprehensive immigration reform.

"It demonstrated that you can be in a state with, frankly, a lot of Republican leadership and take a pro-reform position without political harm," a senior administration official told The Salt Lake Tribune. "I think the Utah Compact made that case very clearly and established a framework that I think you are seeing echoed in what is happening in the Senate and in the president’s proposal."

Salt Lake Chamber | Utah Compact 2nd anniversary


Nov 14, 2012 – This past Sunday marked the second anniversary of the signing of The Utah Compact. The Chamber ran the following full-page ad in both the ...

Immigration Utah: The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce's Utah ...


Feb 1, 2013 – The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce's Utah Compact/HB116 Shadow Operation: When the Salt Lake Chamber's Robin Riggs appeared on a ...


The FAIR Report - "English Language Learners and Public Education in Utah":

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) recently posted a report titled, "English Language Learners and Public Education in Utah."  The executive summary is here and the full report is here.

The importance of this report is that it points to an area of increased state expenditure related to immigration:  the education of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students.  The number of such students in Utah has increased over the last number of years due to the increased number of immigrants residing in the state and now make up about 9% of Utah students.  The report examines the cost associated with LEP students of all types as a group.  The total estimated cost to Utah for LEP education is:  $436,301,808.  While much of this money is associated with the basic per pupil cost, the report makes clear that LEP students bring additional costs to schools and therefore to taxpayers.  The report also points out that money devoted to LEP purposes is money that would otherwise be available to fund educational programs for all students.  The nature of the problem is nicely summarized as follows: "Mass immigration is also putting strains on school systems beyond intensive English language instruction. Class sizes grow larger, schools become overcrowded, and the quality of education for all children deteriorates. Schools in areas that have experienced a surge in illegal immigration also have to provide services for students from low-income families, such as free and reduced lunches, or interpretation and translation services for parents who do not speak English" (p. 3). 

Estimating the share of the total expenditures being used for illegal alien children in Utah would be helpful to know for policymakers and the general public.  It is not easy to compute, but would essentially conform to formula similar to this: (the number of illegal alien students) x (the base allocation of funds per pupil + the amount devoted to each student due to being LEP, etc.).  The formula itself is straightforward, but it is not a simple matter to compute the number of illegal alien students or the precise amounts spent above the per pupil figure.  It has been estimated before, however.  A 2007 Utah study, for instance, used the figure of 1/7 and 1/6 of the number of estimated illegal aliens as a figure for estimating the number of illegal alien students.  The study then produced a range for the cost for educating illegal alien children.  We can use both the FAIR report and the 2007 Utah report to come up with suggestive estimate. 

Since schools are not permitted to determine the immigration status of their students, any numbers used are necessarily estimates.  Using the FAIR study's estimate of 100,000 to 110,000 illegal aliens in Utah, this range of students would be roughly: 14,285 - 15,714 (using 1/7 of the 100,000 and 110,000 estimates of total illegal alien population).  A similar estimate based on 1/6 of the population would be:  16,666 - 18,333. 

The FAIR report uses a total cost to Utah of $436,301,408 for 53,219 LEP students (the actual cost is somewhat higher, but FAIR subtracted offsetting funds from the federal government).    FAIR's total estimated spending on LEP students is based on their estimate that spending is $8,288 per LEP student.  This estimate is before they subtracted federal money (about $90 per student).  Subtracting $90 from $8,288 gives us a per pupil amount of: $8,198.  Using our estimates of the number of illegal students, we can use this amount to compute the total cost within a range.  If there are 14,285 illegal alien students in Utah, for instance, the total cost would be:  $117,108,430.  For 15,714 students, the total is:  $128,823,372.  For 16,666:  $136,627,868.  For 18,333:  $150,293,934.

If the 1/7 and 1/6 estimates of the number of illegal alien students used by the Utah study in 2007 are valid and the estimates of the total number of illegal aliens in Utah is accurate and the LEP per pupil spending estimates by FAIR are close to actual spending, we now have an estimated range of spending on education for illegal alien children in Utah of:  $117,108,430 - $150,293,934. 

We made a lot of assumptions to derive these amounts, so they should only be accepted as suggestive.  It should also be pointed out that the estimates using the 1/7 and 1/6 figures are estimates of illegal alien students only.  Citizen children of illegal alien parents are not included in this figure.  They are included in the LEP estimates of the FAIR report - as they would show up there as part of the total LEP student number.  The number of citizen children of illegal aliens is unknown, but it would raise our above estimates if they were included. Using different methods to estimate the number of illegal alien children in schools would also yield different results.  It is difficult to determine with precision a close figure to represent the actual financial impact that illegal alien students have on Utah education budgets.  It is clear, however, that that impact is significant and that FAIR's report is worth examining and considering in Utah immigration debates.

HB 116 - Repeal,  Postpone, Ignore or Activate???

UFIRE strongly recommends REPEAL, but if the proponents think its such a great program we suggest activating it.  Then we will see what it's really worth and what it really COSTS to implement!!!!

HB116 Q/A / Fact Sheet

Repeal HB 116 (the Utah Guest Worker Program) had thousands of signatures by Utahns, tThe Utah Compact gathered in the hundreds.

Utah Republicans to take up immigration in party platform

Salt Lake Tribune-Feb 1, 2013

Curt Bramble, R-Provo, has signed on as a co-sponsor to introduce it at ... in the state when it led the charge in fighting against HB116 — part of ...

Under new A.G. immigration reform on back burner

Salt Lake Tribune-Jan 17, 2013

While two of the laws that were passed were high-profile — HB116, which ... sponsored HB466, and Bramble said he hadn't heard the Nuevo

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     With the Utah Legislature convening Monday (28 Jan) there appear to be very few bills being proposed about illegal immigration. The Legislature has an excellent informative website. Click here for the home page . Try Bill Tracking to monitor bills you would like to keep track of.  Full audio and video available for most committees and floor sessions.

   It's unknown how much action on illegal immigration will occur this year, however HB116, the Guest Worker Bill is scheduled to take effect this summer even without a waiver from the federal government. There are a multitude of problems with that bill's proposed program. Utah's guest worker law which was passed in 2011 with an effective date of July 1, 2013

Bills filed so far:

H.J.R. 1 Joint Resolution Expressing Support for the Utah Compact

H.B. 253 Employment Verification Amendments

The UCIM Report, Part II:

One of the tasks of the Utah Commission on Immigration and Migration (UCIM) is to submit an annual report to the governor and legislature.  The current draft report is to be the first of such reports.  It appears to be primarily a summary of information provided to the UCIM by various individuals who appeared before the commission to present information about immigration issues.  Two commission members, Janalee Tobias and Dana Burton Anderson, ought to be congratulated for having worked diligently to ensure the commission heard from a number of individuals that the commission otherwise may not have been interested in hearing from.  These presenters provided a good counterpoint to those who seemed to be invited to support policies designed to accommodate illegal aliens.  It would be impossible to examine all the statements in a short space, but a couple of areas do stand out.

The first is the issue of crime associated with illegal immigration.  Charlie V. Morgan made a presentation on this issue - via Skype, no less.  Although the report states Mr. Morgan is from the University of Utah, he recently left Brigham Young University for a position at Ohio University - one motivating factor for the move may have been to grow a beard.  Mr. Morgan has been associated in the past with the Sutherland Institute.  He authored, with assistance from John Cutler, a report for the institute on the issue of illegal alien crime (the full report is here).  The UCIM report does not mention Mr. Morgan's connection to Sutherland or this work for the institute.  The fact that Paul Mero sits on the UCIM and is President of the Sutherland Institute seems to warrant a mention of this relationship.  The UCIM report states that Mr. Morgan's research estimates a range of 6-9% of Utah inmates are illegal aliens.  The end of the section specifies this more clearly:  "On the whole, the percentage of undocumented immigrants who were in prison for having committed a crime was between 5.6% and 9.2%..."  Mr. Morgan, in his Sutherland Institute report, mentions two estimates for the illegal alien population in Utah: 4% and 4.5%.  The admission that the percentage of incarcerated illegal aliens exceeds the percentage of the illegal population is, therefore, an important one - assuming the report accurately represents Mr. Morgan's presentation on this point, it is a conclusion that he resisted in his Sutherland report.  Issues surrounding illegal alien crime will be an area that will become more important as the immigration debate heats up nationally.  Two major questions jump out when examining the Sutherland report and Mr. Morgan's presentation in the UCIM report.  The first is the strong tendency to detach Utah from the rest of the nation in such discussions.  The crime situation in other states is ignored and the transnational nature of some illegal alien crime, for example, may be missed.  The second tendency is to reduce the myriad aspects of crime and how it impacts a community to a sterile discussion of whether or not illegal aliens commit more crime than their share of the population.  Both tendencies pull us away from a more complete examination of this issue.  Jennifer Andrushko's and John Bowers' presentations are only briefly outlined in the UCIM report - but it is clear that their presentations brought some sense of how crime impacts individuals back into the discussion. 

The second area that stands out takes up the idea of doing a cost-benefit analysis regarding illegal immigration.  The report states:  "To objectively assess the economic, legal, cultural and educational impact of illegal immigration in the State of Utah, the Commission is initiating a Cost Benefit Analysis ("CBA")."  The tendency to reduce a complex problem to a simple formula is at work here as well.  The implicit assumption is this:  if the CBA tips in favor of illegals being a net benefit to the state, then we've no choice but to accept illegal immigration.  If the presentation by Mr. Gomez of the Utah State Office of Education is any indication, performing a CBA will be difficult indeed.   Mr. Richard Gomez, the Educational Equity Coordinator for the Utah State Office of Education, reported that schools are "forbidden from tracking the immigration status of their students."  The UCIM report ends his section with:  "Because of these federal requirements, USOE does not know the number of undocumented immigrants currently enrolled, or the cost of their education in Utah's schools."  Reading the section about Mr. Gomez' presentation, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that Mr. Gomez is not interested in the issue at all.  The fact is that thousands of illegal immigrant children in Utah schools impacts funding and other aspects of education in various ways.  Other cost areas impacted by illegal aliens in Utah are also difficult to know and to put into a study such as the one being proposed.  For example, are there records that would show the financial impact on those who lose their jobs or businesses to illegal aliens?  The losses sustained through a drunk-driving accident or other crime caused by an illegal alien, are they recorded anywhere?  Will non-recoverable losses by hospitals writing off costs associated with treating illegal aliens who cannot pay be included?  To cover for losses, are many costs passed on to the public at large?  If a CBA cannot measure such things, the results will illuminate a portion of the illegal immigration impact, but not the whole picture.

Commission Meeting

 The Commission on Immigration and Migration held its monthly meeting last week.  Here's a news report of the meeting. "New Attorney General John Swallow’s Office has wasted no time in pushing to the back burner one of his predecessor’s priority projects: coming up with an agreement that would streamline the process for legal workers to come to Utah from the Mexican state of Nuevo León. . . . .  The commission submitted a report Thursday to House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, and newly chosen Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, that offered a summary of presentations the body received over the course of its inaugural year.   .  . . ."

 More History of the Commission

Excerpt: "the Commission as currently constituted is a virtual puppet of the Salt Lake Chamber with a core mission of protecting the Chamber’s “guest worker” program that gives amnesty to the employers of illegal aliens while making illegal aliens a captive workforce totally beholden to their employers.

The Chamber’s guest worker program was first rolled out in 2008 and subsequently passed by the legislature as HB116 in 2011 following a carefully orchestrated campaign by the Chamber."

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Sep. 12, 2011 UFIRE Newsletter

The Initiative Process for County Ordinance is  under way 

The Salt Lake County Lawful Employment Ordinance is moving forward satisfactorily. Thousands of signatures have been collected, and about a thousand a day are being collected at the Utah State Fair.    37,000 plus signatures are necessary.

The Utah County is close behind with 15,000 signatures needed.  Weekly meetings are being held at Lion's Park,  1280 N 1000 W, Provo  7:00 on Tuesdays.

More help in collecting signatures is needed.  Volunteers can sign up here or email us

Similar ordinances have been filed  Davis and Washington counties.

Additionally discussion or being held with county officials to present the ordinance through regular legislative channels to avoid the necessity of a people's initiative


What Will the Initiative do?

******First***  It penalizes, through court action, employers who knowingly or intentionally hire  unauthorized aliens by initially suspending their business licenses, forces them to report each new hire during a three year probationary period, agree to never hire an unauthorized alien again, and then permanently revokes all business licenses granted by local government entities on the second offense.

******Second***  This process may be initiated by any citizen filing a complaint with the county attorney’s office, with substantial indications of illegal employment.   The unauthorized alien(s) listed in the complaint, once verified by the federal government, is tuned over to ICE and local law enforcement.  Frivolous complaint results in a Class C misdemeanor being brought against someone making the frivolous complaint.

******Third***  It mandates the use of the E-verify system for all employers.  The E-verify system becomes an indemnification (prevents prosecution) for the employer against knowingly or intentionally breaking the law for any employee that has been vetted through the E-verify system.

******Fourth***  It renders the recently enacted Utah guest worker permit program inoperable by keeping the unauthorized alien status of anyone participating in the program unchanged.

The entire proposed initiative can be read here in a generic format.

Utah Organizations and Links

You are not alone. It is time to get involved if anything is to be done about illegal immigration. Utah, because of the passage of HB116 by the Utah Legislature, has become a magnet and a sanctuary state for illegal aliens.  (Repeal process is still going forward)

Before anything can be done on the National level we here in Utah must clean our own backyard first. A few activists are doing their best, but help is needed, a lot of help. Here are the links that you can go to in order to participate. If you do nothing, expect to continue to subsidize cheap labor employers with your taxes that creates an advantage for the employer of illegal labor.

UFIRE (Utahns For Immigration Reform and Enforcement ) ufire2@gmail.com is a statewide organization that works with and supports the others.

Citizen Council on Illegal Immigration (CCII) St George and Washington County

Utah Minuteman Project (UMP) Primarily in Salt Lake County

CATSUP Crusaders Organized in Salt Lake County to pass a ballot initiative, “Salt Lake County Lawful Employment Ordinance” which could revoke the business license of employers that hire illegal labor. Their ballot petition is presently underway and they need all the help that they can get.

Repeal HB116 They are working to get HB116 the Utah Amnesty Law repealed by the Utah Legislature.

Save Utah operates primarily in West Valley City

Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration (UCOII) is a coalition of all of the above mentioned single issue organizations in Utah that oppose illegal immigration. The coalition also includes other Utah organizations that also oppose illegal immigration, but it is not their single focus.

Illegal Labor is not cheap.

It is estimated to cost Utah Taxpayers about $453 Million per year, and the nation about 113 Billion a year. This is a direct subsidy at taxpayer expense to those employers that use illegal labor. Utah provides jobs, Drivers Privilege Cards (drivers license) and many welfare benefits that attract illegal workers to Utah. If you don’t like what is going on, don’t just complain or sit quietly wondering what to do. Get involved with others that are fighting back against the corruption of illegal immigration which by the way is joined at the hip with illegal drug smuggling and the Mexican Cartels.

912 Meeting:
Many of you have been asking when we were going to begin our meetings again. Perhaps the best 912 Meeting of the year, LEGAL VS ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION will be presented this coming Friday night, Sept 16th at the Saratoga Springs City fire station (995W 1200N) at 6:30 PM. It will be a BARN BURNER! (At least the firemen will be close)
Friday, September 16 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Saratoga Springs City Fire Station 995 W. 1200 N.

Limbaugh Mistakenly Warns GOP:  Don't Be Distracted by Illegal Immigration.

Ron Mortenson questions "El Rushbo" on his warning in a CIS article

"What Limbaugh fails to recognize is that illegal immigration is a cross-cutting issue that directly impacts each of the three core issues that he identifies as being key to a Republican a victory in November. So, rather than being a distraction, when combined with jobs, stimulus spending, and taxes, it adds strength to Republican arguments and makes them even more compelling to the vast majority of American citizens."

While UFIRE is a collection of dedicated volunteers, there is need for funding -  even $5 or $10 will help - A PIC (Political Issues Committee has been established - donations will only go to the illegal immigration issue, not to political campaigns):

  • This Newsletter
  • Petition Printing  (several hundred $$)
  • Advertising
  • Other expenses
  •   Send to UFIRE, 2668 E. Canyon Crest Dr. Spanish Fork, UT 84660

Jul 18, 2011 UFIRE Newsletter

 Now is the Time  - TO ACT

ACTION needed!!!!

With the passage of the Repeal 116 at the GOP Convention, the moved continues to get rid of the Utah guest Worker amnesty permit. Wednesday, July 20, there will be a Special Legislative Session and we need all Repeal 116 supporters at the Capitol to have presence there starting @ 1pm.  

We will be talking to legislators, and respectfully asking for their vote to repeal and replace. We may have a table and will be handing out flyers and other information as well. Please wear your Repeal 116 Shirts and Tea Party pins if you have them!

We need boots on the ground to help accomplish our goal: Repealing 116 and Defending our Constitution, our State, and our Nation! Despite the Conventions we won with resolutions asking for repeal, the legislature clearly needs to be reminded!  Join us this week!

AND more Activism

The Lawful Employer Ordinance is going forward in Salt Lake, Utah, and Washington Counties. Salt Lake County now has the signature packets and a kick-off RALLY to begin collecting signatures Thursday July 21st 4:00 PM at Workforce Services Center 720 South 200 East in Salt Lake City.

Signatures will also be collected along theSalt Lake “Days of '47” parade route on Pioneer Day, Monday July 25th. Signature gathering is people intensive. Many vounteers are needed!

This initiative is starting in Salt Lke County but will affect the entire state. Join in the “crusade.”   More information available here (Including the complete generic law and a Summary)

Both Washington and Utah County initiatives have been filed and sponsors are waiting for the county to prepare the first packet so that copies can be made and signatures gathered. If you are interested in doing the same thing in your county, the ballot initiative is generic, and can be used in any county or municipality in Utah. For more information contact ufire2@gmail.com It is too late to get on the city ballot this year, but the same ballot initiative can be used for cities next year. Let us know if you want to help.


Updated Utah  Everify list

The UFIRE Website now contains a list of 4,438 Utah employers that have completed the requirements to get an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to use the E-Verify system to check the legal status of new employees. UFIRE suggests that you consult this list prior to patronizing those that do roofing, drywall, drain cleaning, and other such work at your home or business. If you decide to do business with an employer on the list, thank them for doing the right thing.

If you find local businesses NOT on the list, politely ask the management why that are taking advantage of the free verification service, and, if they have more than 15 employees ask why they are not pbeying Utah law?

If you are unable to find a business that you need that uses E-Verify, when you do find someone please mention E-Verify and suggest that they check it out.

Be aware that the list on the UFIRE Website is current up to July 16, 2011 and includes only those employers with 5 or more employees. Remember also that some employers, check their new employees at the corporate level and may not appear on the list.

 Utah Alien Crime

Crime committed by illegal aliens in Utah is a serious problem. Link to:

Washington County Pot farms

Utah Crime Don’t forget to Click here at the top of the page


Distribution Notice

We have recently edited our email list for our newsletter list in order to make space for those that are more interested. If you know of someone that we dropped or that does not receive this newsletter but would like to, have them go to the UFIRE Website, and complete the registration. We would like to have those that are interested receive the newsletter, but do not want to waste our resources on those that are not interested.

You can also find UFIRE on Twitter and Facebook. You may also wish to contact the groups that make up UCOII (Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration) Get involved! The name of the game is still “Repeal and Replace HB116.”

Recent News Clips You may Have missed

Why Is Cost of Illegal Immigration Ignored In Debt Ceiling Debate?
Fox News
California's budget deficit is $28 billion yet the state spends $21.8 billion subsidizing illegal immigration, or 75% of their total deficit. - Massachusetts could almost clear their books by ending illegal alien subsidies; the state's deficit is $2 ...

CIS: Children Of Foreign Diplomats Are Citizens?
The New American
One would expect the space to be blank if the parent is a foreign diplomat, illegal alien, or a certain type of temporary alien. The standard form also asks whether a parent wants a SSN for their newborn child. The parent is instructed to simply check ...

E-Verify for government contractors moves through Congress
“Over 22 million Americans search for work on a daily basis, while research estimates that over 7 million US jobs are held by illegal aliens. This is a common-sense amendment that simply uses the appropriations process to enforce the E-Verify system ...

Sen. Orrin Hatch, Senate Colleagues Press for Immigration Reform
The State Column
and four more Republican colleagues in urging US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop trying to “grant administrative amnesty to millions of illegal aliens” and to start enforcing immigration laws. In their, July 13, 2011, letter to ICE ...
RUBAN ARAGON-DIAZ - Illegal Immigrant Crime Utah 2011
Illegal Immigrant Crime In Utah. ... Utah Legislature Ratings On Illegal Immigration · Illegal Immigrant Crime In Utah 2011? > ?Sexual Predators? > ? ...

California Senate approves financial aid for illegal alien students
California is one of a dozen states that offer in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens. Connecticut, Texas, Utah, New York, Washington, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, Nebraska, Maryland and Wisconsin all offer the lowered rates at public colleges and ...

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- Updated Everify List
- UT Alien Crime

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June 11, 2011 UFIRE Newsletter

We sincerely thank you all for the excellent response we have received.   We apologize for bothering you once again, but time is short.   The pro-illegal immigration forces are marshalling their forces to convince GOP delegates not to vote for the Resolution to Repeal HB 116 which proposes the Utah Guest Worker Amnesty program.

Just today a mailer is being received by delegates from so-called American Principles in Action, a Washington DC group sending our irrelevant material to the discussion. 

More will be forthcoming, we are sure.

Much is being made of the latest LDS Church statement, called "Murky" by the Salt Lake Tribune, in an article that has received over 800 online comments in one day - the majority seeming to be in favor of Repeal and NO to Guest Worker amnesty.

For some blogger commentary on that issue click here for immigrationutah or click here for utahalien or here for utahrattler

Click Here for the Full JUN 11 2011

April 29, 2011

As an interested party in the Utah Guest Worker (aka AMNESTY) act, you are probably aware that a resolution to repeal the concept was based in the Salt Lake County Republican Convention and is coming for a vote in the Utah County and Sanpete GOP conventions on Saturday, April 30.

If you are a GOP County delegate, we strongly urge you to vote for the "Repeal 116" resolution or any resolution supporting the party's platform on illegal immigration at national, state and county levels.

If not a delegate, contact someone who is.   (and considering becoming one)

A resolution may also be coming to a convention near you. 

For those interested in further acitivities on this issue, a meeting will be held at the Salt Lake County complex on 21st South and State, north building, room 2003, next Thursday, May 5, 7:00 pm.  Everyone interested is welcome.



 Here are a few points to consider:

1.   HB 116 is a BAD Bill - even the supporters of illegal immigrants are coming out  against it and is now opposed by the SL Tribune, Bishop Wester and the Utah Catholics,  La Raza and most citizens who have actually read the bill.  HB 116 was apparently hastily constructed during the legislative session and  had little general public input and passed in a relative short time.    The passage of 116 was somewhat similar to HB477 (GRAMA) – which was  subsequently repealed. 

2.  This Guest Worker Bill is in opposition to the Constitution, Federal and State Laws and the Utah GOP  platform which states,  We oppose illegal immigration and all forms of amnesty, or legal status, for illegal immigrants.  The Republican National Platform  (See Immigration, National Security, and rule of Law) also states,  We oppose amnesty.  The rule of law suffers if government policies encourage or reward illegal activity.  The American people's rejection of en masse legalizations is especially appropriate given the federal government's past failures to enforce the law.” 

April 12, 2011

Deseret News - Dennis Romboy - ‎Apr 8, 2011‎

SALT LAKE CITY — A driving force behind the Utah Compact skipped the governor's signing ceremony for the controversial illegal immigration bills the state Legislature passed this year. While commending lawmakers and Gov. ...

Residents urge repeal of guestworker program for illegal immigrants

St. George Daily Spectrum - ‎Apr 2, 2011‎

But supporters of the Repeal HB 116 campaign call the newly signed law a form of amnesty and question whether it will be allowed under the Constitution. "House Bill 116 is nothing but an amnesty bill," said Jim Flohr, spokesman for the Citizens Council ...

Herbert's Tea Party Problem

National Journal (blog) - Sean Sullivan - ‎Apr 4, 2011‎

Last month, Herbert signed several bills passed by the legislature intended to address illegal immigration, among them HB 116, a guest worker bill. Meanwhile, Herbert recently signed legislation repealing HB 477, which would have restricted public ...

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Feb. 20, 2011 - Volume 2, Issue 3

Utah Legislation Update - Midway through the session

Utah legislators are trying to deal with the illegal immigration problem. While other states are clamping down on employment with enforcement legislation, many fear that Utah will be flooded with illegal immigrants, if action is not taken. Utah at present has very little enforcement and illegal immigrants are seeing Utah as a sanctuary state.

Utah's problem is driven by a desire for "cheap labor" from farmers and businesses, such as hospitality, construction, landscaping, restaurants, etc. "In today's society, you cannot find anyone to work on farms," said dairy farmer and former House Majority Leader David Ure. "There's not two kids in South Summit High School that know which end of a pitchfork to lean on." Provo Herald Feb 16. If this is the state of affairs and the work ethic of our youth, this country has a far worse problem than illegal immigration.

The second driving force is misplaced compassion for those who violate immigration, employment and other laws, to the detriment of the forgotten millions who patiently await legal permission to come the United States.

Utah Legislature Illegal Immigration Bill Overview

HB070 (Rep Sandstrom) Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act Even though Rep Sandstrom disapproves it is often called the Arizona type bill. It easily passed a house committee by a vote of 8 to 3 after three and a half hours of debate. Rep Sandstrom changed "shall" (mandatory) to "may" (allowed to) on enforcement in order to remove the fiscal note put onto it by the attorney general. It passed 58 to 15 on the House floor, but not before it was amended by Rep McIff removing the option of citizens filing a complaint against enforcement agencies that refuse to comply wth the law. HB070 now goes to the Utah Senate for consideration.

HB253 (Rep Herrod) Employment of Unauthorized Aliens Has also passed committee 9 to 4. But not before RINOs on the committee amended out major enforcement sections increasing from 5 to 15 the number of employees before the requirements of HB253 go into effect. HB253 now waits for hearing on the House floor.

SB138 (Sen Urquhart) Driver License Qualification Amendments would repeal the Driver's Privilege Card for illegal immigrants. It passed the senate committee 4 to 1, but floor amendments are anticipated on the floor to simply require fingerprinting. It awaits a hearing by the full Senate

HB191 (Rep Wimmer) Nonresident Tuition Waiver Amendments would repeal the subsidized instate tuition benefit for illegal aliens. It was heard by a House committee Feb 18th It passed easily even though there was weeping and wailing not only from the citizens, but also from some of the committee. It passed 10 to 5 with a Republican, Rep Butterfield voting nay along with the 4 democrats. now awaits hearing on the House floor.

HB116 (Rep Wright) Guest Worker Program Act . This bill asks for a Utah waiver from the Federal government to allow employers to sponsor illegal immigrants to provide the cheap labor for dirty or manual work. It easily passed the house committee 6 to 1 Rep. Grover was the only one that had the courage to stand against the cheap labor employers and the illegal alien apologists.

SB0011S01 Worker Classification Coordinated Enforcement: Sen Mayne CoSponsor Rep Kiser

SB0035S02 Construction Licensees Related Amendments (Sen Mayne CoSponsor Rep Kiser)

Both easily passed the senate and the house. They relate to construction business license and LLC. Proof of citizenship or legal residency required. Everyone is now satisfied with bipartisan enforcement action.

Bill Status 2/18/2011
Bill Short Title Prime Sponsor Floor Sponsor Status Calendar Position Circled Last Update
HB0070 Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act Sandstrom, S. Dayton, M. House/ to Senate 2/18/2011

HB0116 Guest Worker Program Act Wright, B.
House/ 2nd reading 2/16/2011 House Third Reading for House Bills 31 No 2/18/2011 1:18:34 PM
HB0165 State Reimbursement for Required Medical Services Act Herrod, C.
House/ 2nd reading 2/16/2011 House Third Reading for House Bills 33 No 2/18/2011 1:18:34 PM
HB0191 Nonresident Tuition Waiver Amendments Wimmer, C.
House/ 2nd reading 2/18/2011 House Third Reading for House Bills 41 No 2/18/2011 1:18:34 PM
HB0253S01 Employment of Unauthorized Aliens Herrod, C.
House/ 2nd reading 2/15/2011 House Third Reading for House Bills 23 No 2/18/2011 1:18:34 PM
HB0441 Immigration Amendments Oda, C.
Bill Numbered by Title Without any Substance 2/5/2011

HB0469 Alien Friends Amendments Dougall, J.
Bill Numbered by Title Without any Substance 2/5/2011

SB0035S02 Construction Licensees Related Amendments Mayne, K. Kiser, T. Draft of Enrolled Bill Prepared 2/17/2011

SB0060 Pilot Accountability Permit Program and Identity Related Amendments Robles, L. Peterson, J. Senate/ to standing committee 2/16/2011

SB0138 Driver License Qualification Amendments Urquhart, S. Ipson, D. Senate/ circled 2/17/2011 Senate Second Reading 11 Yes 2/18/2011 10:26:33 AM
SB0238 Verification of Employment Status Hinkins, D.
Senate/ to standing committee 2/16/2011

SB0247 Immigration Enforcement Valentine, J.
Bill Numbered by Title Without any Substance 2/5/2011

SJR012 Joint Resolution - Immigration Reid, S. Wilcox, R. House/ to standing committee 2/18/2011

SJR018 Immigration Joint Resolution Romero, R.
Senate/ to Printing with fiscal note 2/18/2011

The Utah Guest Worker proposals (AMNESTY) HB 116 and SB 60 (VERY SIMILAR BILLS):


This bill purports to solve Utah's unauthorized alien problem by issuing "Accountability Permits" to allow them to remain in the state and work. A waiver would be required from the federal government to accomplish the vast majority of the proposed legislation.

While the Legislative Review Note refers to 8 USC 1324a prohibiting employment of unauthorized alien, it does NOT mention 8 USC 1324 which prohibits encouraging aliens to reside in the United States, which this bill does.

So, if approved, it will have the result of amnesty for those unlawfully present in the state of Utah, or rewarding illegal behavior. While awaiting waiver approval, it merely delays any solution and maintains the status quo.

Good Points (if implemented)

  • It restricts the Accountability Permit from being used as identification.

  • It identifies unauthorized aliens residing in Utah

  • It acknowledges that even with the permit they are still unlawfully present

  • It does not allow the permit to be used for any purpose other than employment

  • it requires English Proficiency

  • It collects a fee for the permit which may cover the administration costs of the program

  • It has a two year residency requirement for an A permit

  • Ir prohibits illegal alien from unemployment benefits.

Bad Points:

  • It does NOT address the status of the unauthorized alien while waiting for waiver approval

  • nothing is implemented until a waiver is granted

  • A great amount of time, energy and money will be required to lobby for a waiver

  • It has a two year residency requirement for an A permit

  • It has no residency requirement for a B permit, thereby creating a new unlimited work visa?

  • The A Permit refers to current unlawful residents of Utah, but the employment refers to future (not current) employment

  • No requirement to see if other potential immigrants who have been patiently waiting are available for the job

  • No penalties on employers who have violated the law in the past

  • No penalty for permit holders for past illegality

  • It violates the first principle of the Utah Compact "Immigration is a federal policy issue"

HB 116 - in order to be  a guest worker you simply need to be a current illegal alien in Utah.    

238          35A-8-302. Eligibility criteria to obtain and maintain a guest worker permit.
             239          (1) To be eligible to obtain or maintain a guest worker permit, an undocumented
             240      individual shall:
             241          (a) (i) be 18 years of age or older; or
             242          (ii) if younger than 18 years of age, have the permission of a parent or guardian;
             243          (b) live in Utah, but not be lawfully present in the United States;
             244          (c) have worked or lived in the United States before May 10, 2011;

 AMNESTY or Encouragement in violation of 8 USC 1324 or both - take your choice 

 8 USC § 1324. Bringing in and harboring certain aliens

(a) Criminal penalties

(1) (A) Any person who

  1. encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law;

  2. . . . . shall be punished as provided in subparagraph (B).

Background history on Instate tuition for illegals:

Debate on Instate Tuition bill original implementation   The audio debate on HB 144 can be found here. The audio lasts 46 minutes Sponsor Ure's bold comment about 10 minutes in.

Rep Ure (Bill Sponsor) matter of economics - $16k "investment" in education - will give lifetime benefits Congress in turmoil on issue "only 10-20 people" will be involved in Utah

Ure: in response to proposed amendment: paraphrase:
"Bill will not go into effect until US Congress allows it. That provision is in the bill.

The AG opinion which "allowed" implementation based its conclusion thusly: "We have not found applicable judicial opinions interpreting 8 U.S.C. Section 1623, so there is always the possibility that a different or more strict interpretation might be applied by the courts, but on its face, at this preliminary juncture, we are of the opinion that it does not override Utah's tuition statute." 

Two Court Cases have now come forward

CA appellate court found the similar CA law invalid.  While the CA Supreme Court overturned that decision, the CA law was slightly different in saying that it didn't need to comply with federal law, whereas Utah law specifically said it did.  There is a tremendous potential liability (probably $10's of millions) to Utah, if the nonresidents sue and win.  California Court on In-state Tuition for illegals     The CA Court decision has now been appealed to the US Supreme Court


IRLI Seeks Supreme Court Review of California

Decision to Allow In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens


Submitted by IRLI Staff on Fri, 02/18/2011 - 15:33

On February 14, 2011 the IRLI filed a Petition for Writ of Certiorari, asking the United States Supreme Court to review the California Supreme Court's November 2010 decision in Martinez v. Board of Regents, which upheld a California State statute that grants in-state tuition to illegal aliens.  "The California Supreme Court wrongly held that states can give resident tuition benefits to illegal aliens despite the federal ban, as long as they use a semantic proxy, such as attending a California high school," said IRLI attorney Garrett Roe.

The entire 50 page brief (maybe 5 pages in nonlegal text) is posted - Excerpts:

Review is Warranted Because the California Supreme Court's Decision, if Allowed to Stand, Permits a State to Ignore the Manifest Intent of Congress and Renders an Act of Congress a Dead Letter.

Read in a vacuum, the text of 8 U.S.C. § 1623 permits two possible interpretations. Either it was intended to prevent states from offering resident tuition rates to illegal aliens, or it was only intended to prevent states from offering resident tuition rates to illegal aliens using a "residence" criterion. Read in the context of contemporaneous statutes and legislative history, only the first interpretation is plausible.

* * *


If this Court does not grant Petitioners' Writ, California and other states will be able to frustrate Congress's manifest intent as expressed in 8 U.S.C.§ 1623 by granting resident tuition rates and other residency-based financial aid to illegal aliens. That federal statute will become a dead letter in any state where the legislature is willing to play semantic games to defeat the objectives of Congress. Additionally, if this Court does not grant Petitioners' Writ, California will continue to ignore this Court's post-Geier preemption doctrine, reviving the confusion that this Court attempted to end a decade ago.

Votes on HB253, HB070, HB191, SB138: SB060 & HB116

HB070 Feb 11th (Good Bill) Rep Sandstrom

Yea: Butterfield, D. Nay: Arent, P
    Eliason, S. Litvack
    Greenwood, R. Seelig
    Grover, K.
    Hughes, G.
    Ipson, D. Absent Wright
    Oda, C.
    Perry, L.

House Third Reading vote on HB070 58 to 15 (passed) Rep McIff amendment took away the citizen's right to sue an agency that refused to comply with the law. Rep Christensen attempted an amendment that would ask for a Guest Worker Permit to be added to it. Yeas all GOP except Demos Nays all Demos except GOP

YEAS - 58

Anderson; Edwards; Kiser; Ray; Barrus; Eliason; Last; Richardson;

Bird; Fisher, Julie; Mathis; Sagers; Brown, D; Froerer; McIff; Sandstrom;

Brown, M; Galvez; Menlove; Sanpei; Butterfield; Gibson; Morley; Sumsion;

Christensen; Greenwood; Newbold; Vickers; Clark; Grover; Nielson; Webb;

Cox; Handy; Noel; Wilcox; Daw; Harper; Oda; Wilson; Dee; Hendrickson; Painter;

Wimmer; Dougall; Herrod; Perry; Wright; Draxler; Hughes; Peterson, V; Lockhart;

Duckworth, S; Ipson; Pitcher; Dunnigan; Ivory; Powell;

NAYS - 15

Arent; Cosgrove; Moss; Watkins; Biskupski; Fisher, Janice; Peterson, J;

Wheatley; Briscoe; King; Poulson; Wiley

HB253 Feb 14 Employer Verification (good bill) Rep Herrod

After Rep Herrod took out the requirement for county attorneys to investigate worksite violation of immigration law, Members of the committee changed the requirement for employers with over 5 employees be required to use E-Verify. The number was returned to 15 employees.


Duckworth, S. 
    Dunnigan, J. 
    Froerer, G.
    Gibson, F. 
    Ipson, D.
    Kiser, T.
    Last, B.
    Morley, M.
    Pitcher, D.

Nay: Bird; D. Brown;  Webb;  Wiley

Absent  Wright

HB191 (Rep Wimmer) Eliminates Instate Tuition for Illegal aliens (good bill)

Passed Committee Feb 18 10 to 5

Yeas - 10
    Brown, M.
    Clark, D.
    Dougall, J.
    Fisher, Julie 
    Froerer, G.
    Harper, W.
    Newbold, M. 
    Nielson, J.
    Painter, P.
    Wimmer, C.

Nays 5 Briscoe, J; Butterfield, D ; Cosgrove, T; Duckworth S; King. B

SB0138 Sen Urquhart Driver License Qualification Amendments (Hinkins Co-Sponsor)

Click Here for commentary on DPC

Eliminates Driver's Privilege Card. Passed committee 2/9/2011

Yeas – 4
    Adams, J.
    Jenkins, S.
    Knudson, P.
    Van Tassell, K.


  S. Mayne

Senator Luz Robles

Does Utah state Senator Luz Robles Represent Utah, or Does She Have a Conflict of Interest?  You Decide. The goal of this document is to accurately convey Ms. Robles' activities and to place the decision for further research or action into your hands.  Any misinterpretations of Senator Robles' actions or views or that of the CCIME are unintentional.  Read the Document

Salt Lake Chamber

The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce is arguably (and self-proclained) the largest and most influential chamber in the State if Utah.  Chamber representative frequently lobby and testify against any type of illegal alien enforcement. 

In 2008, the Chamber promoted a resolution for a federal solution (amnesty), and late in the year presented a plan to protect the illegal worker in Utah:

"This plan will allow for Utahns to deal with this population in a fair manner by giving each undocumented immigrant an opportunity to be classified as a guest worker and receive a two-year immigration benefit that has the possibility of being renewed."

The Chamber website currently lists 272 Companies in their upper echelon membership levels. From the Oct 2010 list of Everify registrants in Utah, 107 are found with a registration (MOU) date, 137 were NOT found,  about 40 may be covered by the national company.  This is about a 35% confirmed compliance rate. Click Here for the full report on the Chamber

UFIRE Newsletter June 2009

 The Utah elections have passed with little change.  The major change would be the 3rd Congressional District elected Jason Chaffetz to replace Chris Cannon.  To this date Rep. Chaffetz seems to be doing well enough. Illegal Immigration was an important issue in the 2009 Legislative Session, but not a major issue. All attempts to weaken or get rid of SB-81 were defeated.  Several new laws were passed that should be helpful.  Read More

In This Issue:
- Utah Legislation Update
- Bill Status
- Guest Worker Bills
- Instate Tuition
- Votes
-Sen Robles
-SL Chamber

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