Furlong: Utah’s guest worker program a step in the right direction

Not everyone likes the immigration bills approved by Utah lawmakers during the recent legislative session. Utah State University political science professor William Furlong, who has a specialty in Latin American issues, says the guest worker bill is a step in the right direction.”The problem is that Washington will have to approve that kind of thing,” Furlong says. “To get any, again, logical, rational decisions out of Washington on immigration right now is very difficult. It has become a political football instead of let’s solve the problem. “The two parties need to sit down together and try to solve the problem. But, like health care, the parties were not willing to sit down and discuss how to create the best solution to the problem. They wanted to fight over it politically.”Furlong supports President Obama’s recent visit to several Latin American countries. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Thursday, Furlong said for the most part those countries have overcome their poverty problems and they have become important trade partners.

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