He has been a critic of some immigration bills but Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he now thinks it is <a href=”http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/state/article_9f76c7a6-d7ec-5026-84d7-7802d6991840.html” target=”_blank”>time to fix the nation’s broken immigration system</a>.
On a recent <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_04_04_328_9766_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU Crosstalk program</a>, Hatch said the first thing we need to do is secure our borders. But Hatch said securing the border won’t fix everything.
“We also need to have a guest worker program,” Hatch explained. “Our farmers, our ranchers, our fruit growers and so forth they can’t find people that will take those jobs in most cases, other than family members.
“When you have a fairly big spread you can’t handle that all by yourself. You’ve got to have the guest workers. Up until now some of them have had to use illegal people coming in. We should solve that problem.”
Hatch said although a lot of Republicans are not going to support an immigration bill he believes advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
Hatch has said that a bipartisan proposal that calls for a 13-year path to citizenship for undocumented workers would take care of his desire to grant citizenship faster to people who follow proper legal channels.