An immigration enforcement bill, modeled after an Arizona law, failed to pass a Utah Senate committee Wednesday because of the stigma attached to it. Republican Senate President Michael Waddoups of Taylorsville says House Bill 70 has polarized Utahns and would negatively impact the state’s economy and public image. Logan Municipal Councilmember Jay Monson agrees. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Monson said the city council supports the Utah Compact which is a more compassionate proposal. “I agree that we must do something with the borders and the illegal immigrants, especially the people who are doing criminal activities,” Monson said. “I think we can do that with the federal government tightening down, and they’re going to address it. I don’t think Utah needs to change everything.” Monson says many of the immigrants have made great contributions and he says he wonders how things would be if the proposed immigration laws were in place when our ancestors came to this country.
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