SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah legislator wants to secure congressional approval before implementing a law allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the state.Republican Rep. Chris Herrod of Provo, the sponsor of House Bill 300, wants to limit the program to foreigners who have overstayed a visa. The person would be prohibited from working and would have to be sponsored by a business, church or American citizen.If passed, the bill would effectively gut a guest worker program passed as part of a package of immigration bills last year. That law allows illegal immigrants to live and work in Utah if they register with the state and pay a fee.The program doesn’t take effect until 2013. It requires a federal waiver but not congressional approval.
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