Webb defends his votes on HB477 and immigration

State Representative Curt Webb, R-District 5, joined two other lawmakers in voting not to repeal Utah’s controversial House Bill 477 during a special session last Friday. Webb says his wife asked if his vote was out of principle or if he was just being stubborn. Webb said it was probably a little of both.Webb says the repeal vote came after a media firestorm where the lawmakers were accused of trying to keep things secret. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Webb was asked what he would like to see happen now.”I very much hope that the working group will have reasonable solutions and come to an agreement,” Webb mused. “I also have my concerns. “I’m a little bit skeptical that without anything that really holds their feet to the fire that anybody will have the bravery to really jump back in and do something.”Webb says, by far, the majority of his constituents in District 5 have said they agree with him on the issue.It was a lot of hard work but Webb also feels good about the immigration bills approved by the Utah legislature. Webb gives credit to the Utah Compact which he says helped set the tone for the debate.Webb says he recognizes there is significant opposition to the guest worker program. He sees it as an effort to get the federal government to do something about immigration.”This is a federal guest worker program that includes penalties,” he continued. “It’s only a two year program. It requires criminal background checks. “But that won’t satisfy most of the people. If you’re adamantly opposed to this then you will stay that way. That’s been the trend.”Webb says, for the most part, those who support Arizona’s tough immigration law are opposed to Utah’s new guest worker program.

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