Rep. Butterfield: need to help illegal immigrants become legal, pull their weight

A Utah House Committee has passed a bill to repeal in-state tuition for the children of illegal immigrants. Representative Carl Wimmer, R-Herriman, says the measure passed Friday would eliminate an exemption allowing illegal immigrants who attend at least three years of high school in Utah to pay in-state college tuition. Cache County’s newest state lawmaker, Representative David Butterfield, R-District 4, says he does not yet have a hard and fast position on any of the immigration issues. Shortly before the start of the legislative session, Butterfield said these issues can become, “pretty tricky.””But to the extent that illegal immigration is burdening our state entities, our schools, or whatever we need to find ways to alleviate that,” Butterfield said. “I don’t know that as taxpayers that it’s fair to put that burden on taxpayers. “So we need to find ways to help them become legal, avail themselves of all the opportunities of being a citizen, and to pull their weight.”The bill now moves to the full House for debate.

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