Utah immigration debate set ahead of Legislature

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The head of a conservative think tank and a GOP state lawmaker sponsoring an Arizona-style immigration bill are planning an immigration debate before the 2011 Utah Legislature begins.Sutherland Institute President Paul Mero will serve Friday as captain of a team of public figures arguing that Utah shouldn’t enforce federal immigration laws.Mero’s team includes Republican Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and Democratic state Sen. Luz Robles of Salt Lake City.Republican Rep. Stephen Sandstrom of Orem will head a team arguing that state officials should enforce federal immigration law.His team includes Republican Rep. Chris Herrod of Provo and Ron Mortenson of the Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration.A panel of journalists will moderate the debate at Thanksgiving Point.

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