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Latino Daily News

Saturday March 12, 2011

Latino Groups call for Utah Boycott, as State challenges Federal Sovereignty on Immigration

Latino Groups call for Utah Boycott, as State challenges Federal Sovereignty on Immigration

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The Utah legislature passed three immigration reform bills last Thursday blazing a new path for immigration reform, separate from Arizona.

HB116, the guest-worker bill, and HB497, the enforcement-only measure, are now awaiting Governor Herbert’s signature, though his office declined to say when, or if, he will sign them.

Latino groups on Thursday called for a boycott of all Utah businesses beginning Monday and lasting through March 28.

The state also sent a third immigration bill for Herbert to sign that provided the ultimate bridge between HB116 and HB497— a migrant-worker bill.

That bill, HB466, would enter Utah into an agreement with the Mexican state of Nuevo León. That state would provide migrant workers to businesses in Utah that need the trained work force, while the visas would be legally issued through the federal government.

Supporters say HB116 is doing what it was intended to do: put the federal government on notice that states are devising solutions to the thorny issue by incorporating a variety of perspectives. If the Federal government will not address immigration reform, the states will.

“I think Utah is capturing the attention of the nation, as well as conservatives and liberals,” Bramble said.