A bipartisan group of 19 Utah mayors have sent a joint letter to Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, urging them to “immediately pass” the immigration reform bill.
The letter is signed by the mayors of Salt Lake County, West Valley, Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake, Ephraim, Centerville, Park City, Murray, Midvale, Fruit Heights, Woods Cross, Harrisville, Coalville, Lewiston, Blanding, South Jordan, Syracuse, St. George, and Beaver.
“The United States and specifically Utah cannot afford to wait any longer to fix our outdated immigration system,” said Park City Mayor Dana Williams. “Our cities will face significant challenges unless substantial reform is enacted. A modern immigration system needs to be easy to understand, easy to navigate, and easy to implement. It needs to bring the 11 million undocumented immigrants into the legal economy so they can pay taxes, attain better education, and contribute more to U.S. economic growth and our local economy.”
“We need leaders on this issue now to make sure we do not keep pushing this problem off to future generations,” said West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder. “It is important that we create a viable guest worker program so that technology companies, farms, hotels, and other industries in Utah can more easily find temporary workers to fill specific employment needs. Right now in the U.S., only 7 percent of all visas are granted for work-related reasons. We need real and substantial immigration reform, not just because it is the right thing to do, but also the best action for our economy and our families.”