The latest immigration issues facing the state of Utah will be up for discussion tomorrow evening at a meeting running from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Whittier Community Center. The speaker will be Tony Yapias, former director of Hispanic Affairs for the state.On KVNU’s For the People program last night, Yapias said a White House meeting is scheduled for June 8th where President Barack Obama is expected to say he wants to have some form of immigration reform in place by the end of this year. Yapias says he is personally for border security and for a process of legalization for families already here.”We’re not for total amnesty,” Yapias said. “I’m against amnesty, for one thing. There needs to be created a path to citizenship that doesn’t allow someone to just become a citizen automatically. There needs to be a process. There are families who are waiting in line and it wouldn’t be fair to have someone jump in front of them. So there needs to be a process and I think both items are going to be on the agenda.”Yapias says unfortunately when it comes to immigration, some people are taking things in their own hands. He says, however, because of the recession very few immigrants have been coming here recently to find jobs.
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