Bill allowing guest worker permits in Utah passes
Updated: 2/23/2011 5:22 pm | Published: 2/23/2011 5:19 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A bill allowing illegal immigrants to register as guest workers and remain in Utah has passed the House.
Republican Rep. Bill Wright of Holden says House Bill 116 recognizes the economic importance of illegal immigrants instead of focusing on enforcement of immigration laws.
The bill passed the House 43-28 Wednesday. It now moves to the Senate.
The guest worker program would require a waiver from the federal government.
Illegal immigrants who registered could remain in the state as long as they were employed, as could family members.
They would be prohibited from accessing government services, including health care and unemployment.
Republican Rep. Chris Herrod of Provo says the bill rewards immigrants who broke the law and punishes foreigners wanting to legally immigrate to America.
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