Utah senator unveils broad immigration reform

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah senator has unveiled an immigration reform bill that he says balances enforcement provisions with economic realities.Republican Sen. Curt Bramble of Provo says the bill will require law enforcement to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for a class A misdemeanor or a felony. But it also allows illegal immigrants in Utah to register as guest workers and stay, with their families, in the state.Bramble discussed the comprehensive bill, which combines elements of multiple House bills, during a news conference Wednesday.But Republican Rep. Chris Herrod of Provo says he cannot support Bramble’s bill, even with language included from a bill he sponsored in the House punishing employers who use illegal workers.Herrod says any bill with amnesty provisions will make the immigration problem worse.

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