Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Utah immigration bill coming next week, despite call for moratorium, Sandstrom says

SALT LAKE CITY — His get-tough bill to crack down on illegal immigrants in Utah will be ready this week, Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, told an immigration forum Saturday — right after a long-time Hispanic activist urged a moratorium on new state immigration laws.

The goal of the forum, the first of several planned by the Utah Hispanic Latino Coalition, was to civilly find solutions to illegal immigration. The result: Well … it was civil, at least.

"State solutions muddy the waters, and they bring out the rhetoric and the nastiness," suggested Archie Archuleta, head of the Utah Coalition of La Raza, hoping for a moratorium.

But Sandstrom's bill is still on track.

"We're just getting the language finished up," he said, adding that the bill "will stand up in court."...

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