Utah passes bill allowing immigrant sponsorship

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers passed a bill that would allow residents to sponsor immigrants and bypass the federal immigration process as a legal means to enter the country. The Utah Senate passed House Bill 469 on a 19-6 vote on Tuesday. The bill now goes to the governor to be signed. Republican Sen. Wayne Niederhauser of Sandy, the Senate sponsor of the bill, says the best way to fix illegal immigration is to allow legal immigration. The bill would allow any U.S. citizen in Utah to sponsor an immigrant, as long as their country is not a nation involved with terrorism and they accept financial liability for the immigrant. Opponents of the bills say it does not address the hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants already living in the state.

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