The largest problem with immigration in the United States is not that too many people are immigrating here illegally, although that is a big problem that needs to be solved.The largest problem is that immigration laws are too complicated for people who want to to immigrate. This is the fundamental reason why I agree with the following statement of the LDS Church regarding immigration:
We repeat our appeal for careful reflection and civil discourse when addressing immigration issues. Finding a successful resolution will require the best thinking and good will of all across the political spectrum, the highest levels of statesmanship, and the strongest desire to do what is best for all of God's children.Representative Steve Sandstrom's bill, from what I have learned, is very similar to Arizona's, which, the more I have learned about it, the more I do not like. Having not yet seen Senator Luz Robles' immigration reform bill (because the final draft is not yet available), I have a feeling that it will be a much more effective bill than Steve Sandstrom's Arizona-like bill, because it will appeal to civility and because it will very likely not create an undue burden on Utah law enforcement.
Robles has been working with various religious and community groups in an effort to craft a bill that can have broad support.
I was impressed with Senator Robles' response today when asked during her press conference if the behavior of protesters at the unveiling of Steve Sandstrom's bill was appropriate. "No," she said. Robles also pointed out, however, that she felt that "Sandstrom's bill was 'fiscally irresponsible'". Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, appearing this afternoon on the Rod Arquette Show, explained why. On the freeway, for example, each person that is pulled over for some driving offense will be required by the peace officer to provide proof of US citizenship. If they cannot provide such proof, the officer will be required to coordinate transportation of that individual to the nearest county jail. Such transportation will probably take an hour and a half per occurrence. Once the individual is checked into the county jail, it is likely that he or she will be turned right back out on the street again, due to the fact that most county jails in the state are overflowing (or very nearly overflowing) with inmates. Meanwhile, speeders, drunk drivers, and other miscreants will have more opportunities to get off scot-free.
So, even if Sandstrom's bill were a good solution, it wouldn't work.
I'm glad that Representative Sandstrom and others are putting illegal immigration under a microscope. For all I know it could have been the impetus for Senator Robles pending legislation. Nonetheless, Sandstrom's bill is not the solution. I look forward to Senator Robles' bill, which I have great confidence will be.