It is an alternative to an Arizona-like immigration bill proposed by Republican Rep. Steven Sandstrom. The proposed bill introduced by Democrat Senator Luz Robles of Salt Lake City Tuesday would allow immigrants to live and work in Utah as long as they registered with the state.On KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday afternoon, Robles said her bill requires illegal immigrants t obtain a permit card.”Right now we’re talking about 110,000 undocumented immigrants,” Robles explained. “We don’t know how many there are, who they are and where they live. This bill will allow us to account for them, to screen them for any criminal elements we don’t want in our state. “This screening mechanism will be very beneficial so we will know who is living amongst us. Then the second part is that it will allow us to collect taxes from those individuals and for them to pay taxes.”Under Robles’ proposal new residents would be required to pass an English ad civics test within one year of receiving their permit.Hours after Robles made her proposal, Paul Mero of the Sutherland Institute supported it on For the People, saying it is actually a conservative bill that keeps families together. Mero said he sees Robles’ proposal as a preferred alternative to Rep. Sandstrom’s Arizona-type bill.”From an intellectual, philosophical, conservative standpoint, the only reasonable thing that we can do, in this case, is to help these individuals come to the surface of society,” Mero said. “Again, as conservatives we are not going to be a part of rounding up otherwise innocent people. “And I’m certainly not going to be a part of starving out families when a man or a woman is trying to provide for their children.”Mero says there is really no other alternative because of the difficult situation the federal government has left us in.
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