According to a press release sent out this morning, some of the state’s top Republican donors have all signed a letter to Utah’s four congressmen, asking them to support the current immigration reform bill.
Jonathan Johnson (Overstock.com), Clark Ivory (Ivory Homes), A. Scott Anderson (Zion’s Bank), Scott Parson (Staker Parson Companies), Alex Dunn (Vivint Inc.), Ray Pickup (Workers Compensation Fund), David Layton (Layton Construction), Val Hale (Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce), and former Utah Republican Party Chair Stan Lockhart, who together pumped more than $130,000 in cash into local elections in 2012, each signed the letter asking Utah’s four congressmen to vote yes.
In part, the letter reads, “To fix our immigration system we need meaningful reforms that will (1) secure our borders, (2) provide a legal way for U.S.-based companies to hire the workers they need while making it impossible to hire workers here illegally, and (3) take control of our undocumented immigration problem by providing a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants who pay penalties and back taxes, pass criminal background checks, and go to the back of the line.”
“I signed this letter because I believe the current immigration system we have right now is de facto amnesty,” said Lockhart in the press release. “Passing sensible immigration reform would change that and would honor the ideals upon which our nation was founded, principally freedom and liberty. It would also be one of the best things we can do for our economy – and the sooner, the better and Republicans must come to the table to be a part of the solution.”
Congressmen Jason Chaffetz (R) and Chris Stewart (R) have so far stood strongly opposed to the immigration reform bill, arguing the 13-year path to citizenship the Senate created is too lenient, although they do like that the bill contains requirements for 20,000 additional border agents and to complete 700 miles of fence along our boundary with Mexico. Rob Bishop (R) and Jim Matheson (D) have both said they’re keeping their options open.
The bill, if passed, would be the first overhaul of U.S. immigration laws since 1986, and was originally drafted by the “Gang of Eight” (four Democrats and four Republicans). It passed the Senate with a vote of 68-32, Senator Orrin Hatch (R) voted in favor, but Mike Lee (R) voted against.
Read the full letter here: