immigration reform http://kuer.org en Utah Conservatives and Business Leaders Step Up Pressure for Immigration Reform http://kuer.org/post/utah-conservatives-and-business-leaders-step-pressure-immigration-reform <p></p><p>Conservatives and community leaders from the Mountain West issued a joint letter today urging the US House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration legislation before the congressional session ends.</p><p>At a press conference at the Utah Capitol, faith, technology, business and law enforcement leaders all called for meaningful immigration reform. They were joined by Paul Mero of the conservative think tank Sutherland Institute.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 23:49:28 +0000 Andrea Smardon 46256 at http://kuer.org Utah Conservatives and Business Leaders Step Up Pressure for Immigration Reform Ogden Restaurant Raises Funds for Immigrant Scholarships http://kuer.org/post/ogden-restaurant-raises-funds-immigrant-scholarships <p>A restaurant in Ogden is trying to help first generation immigrant students finish college. On Thursday, <a href="http://www.thesonoragrill.com/">the Sonora Grill</a> will raise funds for a scholarship program. One hundred percent of all sales and contributions throughout the day will go directly to pay the tuition for immigrant students attending <a href="https://www.weber.edu/">Weber State University</a>. Sonora Grill owner Steven Ballard says he’s met a lot of immigrants working in the restaurant business.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:26:55 +0000 Andrea Smardon 44623 at http://kuer.org Ogden Restaurant Raises Funds for Immigrant Scholarships Utah Congressmen May Consider a Path to Citizenship for the Undocumented http://kuer.org/post/utah-congressmen-may-consider-path-citizenship-undocumented <p></p><p>As Congress considers pressing issues like Syria, the debt limit, and the Affordable Care Act, there is some question whether the House will pass immigration legislation before the end of the year.&nbsp; After the Senate passed a landmark comprehensive bill in June, the House is under pressure to respond. Utah’s congressional delegation came home and talked with many of their constituents about the issue over the summer, but it’s still an open question how the state’s representatives will address undocumented immigrants.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 04:51:31 +0000 Andrea Smardon 35335 at http://kuer.org Utah Congressmen May Consider a Path to Citizenship for the Undocumented Utah Evangelicals Pray for Compassionate Immigration Reform http://kuer.org/post/utah-evangelicals-pray-compassionate-immigration-reform <p>As the US Senate continues to consider the Gang of 8 immigration bill, evangelical leaders in Utah and around the country are adding their voices to those calling for reform.&nbsp;Congregations from across the state are sending <a href="http://pray4reform.org/">letters</a> to Utah’s Congressional delegation, letting them know that they are praying for them as they make important decisions about the nation’s immigrants.</p><p>Baptist Pastor Greg Johnson of Lehi is a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 23:04:53 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31416 at http://kuer.org Utah Evangelicals Pray for Compassionate Immigration Reform Utah Poll Bolsters Immigration Reform Efforts http://kuer.org/post/utah-poll-bolsters-immigration-reform-efforts <p></p><p>A recent <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/wea7lu2hjkqjrff/Utah%20Immigration%20Poll%20Toplines.pdf">poll </a>shows that Utahns overwhelmingly support the immigration plan now being debated by the US Senate.&nbsp;But polling experts say the findings should be taken with a grain of salt, since the poll was commissioned by immigration reform advocates.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:39:49 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31195 at http://kuer.org Utah Poll Bolsters Immigration Reform Efforts Immigration Reform Panel to Send Actionable Ideas Back to the White House http://kuer.org/post/immigration-reform-panel-send-actionable-ideas-back-white-house <p>Acting at the request of the White House, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Summit County Councilman David Ure&nbsp; moderated a roundtable discussion on immigration reform today. The more than a dozen panelists were from religious, law enforcement, business and community activist groups. They focused on community, the economy and the immigrant people. Mayor Becker says increased trust come from these efforts but the economic benefits will be far greater.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:00:46 +0000 Bob Nelson 30821 at http://kuer.org Immigration Reform Panel to Send Actionable Ideas Back to the White House Immigrants and Allies ask Hatch to Remember Utah Families http://kuer.org/post/immigrants-and-allies-ask-hatch-remember-utah-families <p></p><p>As the U.S. Senate begins debate on immigration reform, young immigrants with the Salt Lake DREAM Team are stepping up pressure on Senator Orrin Hatch.&nbsp;The DREAMers delivered letters from across the Wasatch Front calling on the Senator to keep families together and reunite those who’ve been divided by deportation.</p><p>21-year-old Itza Hernandez stands outside of Senator Orrin Hatch’s office at the federal building in Salt Lake City, and reads from a stack of about 600 letters.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:53:32 +0000 Andrea Smardon 30817 at http://kuer.org Immigrants and Allies ask Hatch to Remember Utah Families Utah Mayors Call for Immigration Reform http://kuer.org/post/utah-mayors-call-immigration-reform <p>A bipartisan group of Utah mayors have sent a letter to Republican Senators Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, urging them to immediately pass immigration reform legislation. From Fruit Heights to Salt Lake City to St. George, 19 mayors signed the letter. It calls for comprehensive immigration reform, and warns that Utah communities will face significant challenges unless that reform is enacted.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 23:20:10 +0000 Andrea Smardon 30440 at http://kuer.org Utah Mayors Call for Immigration Reform Utah's Undocumented Immigrants Want a Chance to Serve in Military http://kuer.org/post/utahs-undocumented-immigrants-want-chance-serve-military <p>Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have served in the US Armed Forces, but not everyone who wants to serve can.&nbsp;Some undocumented immigrants in Utah wish they had the opportunity to enlist in the military, and they’re hoping Congress can help.&nbsp;</p><p>Angelica Rodriguez came to Utah just before her sixth birthday from the Mexican state of Veracruz.&nbsp;By the time she was a teenager, her dream was to serve in the US armed forces.&nbsp;She says she wanted to help and protect people, especially during natural disasters.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 22:55:33 +0000 Andrea Smardon 29928 at http://kuer.org Utah's Undocumented Immigrants Want a Chance to Serve in Military Senator Hatch Files 24 Amendments to Immigration Bill http://kuer.org/post/senator-hatch-files-24-amendments-immigration-bill <p>Senator Orrin Hatch on Tuesday filed 24 amendments to the comprehensive immigration bill put forward by a group of Senators known as the Gang of 8. Hatch’s amendments focus on law enforcement, high-skilled work, health benefits, and back taxes.&nbsp;</p><p>Speaking in Salt Lake City last week, Hatch told KUER the immigration bill would substantially improve border security, but he said there’s more work to be done.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 22:24:27 +0000 Andrea Smardon 28928 at http://kuer.org Senator Hatch Files 24 Amendments to Immigration Bill Senator Hatch Says Immigration Bill Could be Improved http://kuer.org/post/senator-hatch-says-immigration-bill-could-be-improved <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senator </span>Orrin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Hatch spoke about immigration reform in Salt Lake City Wednesday at a Zions Bank client event. He praised the 844-page comprehensive legislation put forward by the group of Senators known as the Gang of 8, but stopped short of supporting it.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 22:43:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 28652 at http://kuer.org Senator Hatch Says Immigration Bill Could be Improved