immigration reform

Immigration
5:49 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Utah Conservatives and Business Leaders Step Up Pressure for Immigration Reform

Steve Klemz, Pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church of Salt Lake City calls for immigration reform along with business, technology, law enforcement and political leaders at the Utah State Capitol.
Andrea Smardon KUER

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.

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.

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Immigration
2:26 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ogden Restaurant Raises Funds for Immigrant Scholarships

A restaurant in Ogden is trying to help first generation immigrant students finish college. On Thursday, the Sonora Grill 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 Weber State University. Sonora Grill owner Steven Ballard says he’s met a lot of immigrants working in the restaurant business.

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Immigration
10:51 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Utah Congressmen May Consider a Path to Citizenship for the Undocumented

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.  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.

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Immigration
5:04 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Utah Evangelicals Pray for Compassionate Immigration Reform

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. Congregations from across the state are sending letters to Utah’s Congressional delegation, letting them know that they are praying for them as they make important decisions about the nation’s immigrants.

Baptist Pastor Greg Johnson of Lehi is a board member of the National Association of Evangelicals.

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Immigration
4:39 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Utah Poll Bolsters Immigration Reform Efforts

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) talks with business leaders at Zions Bank about immigration reform.
Andrea Smardon

A recent poll shows that Utahns overwhelmingly support the immigration plan now being debated by the US Senate. But polling experts say the findings should be taken with a grain of salt, since the poll was commissioned by immigration reform advocates.

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Immigration
6:00 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Immigration Reform Panel to Send Actionable Ideas Back to the White House

Work pad from an hour and a half work-session on immigration reform. The leaders discussed community, the economy and the immigrant people.
Credit Bob Nelson

Acting at the request of the White House, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Summit County Councilman David Ure  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.

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Immigration
4:53 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Immigrants and Allies ask Hatch to Remember Utah Families

Members of the Salt Lake DREAM team outside Senator Orrin Hatch's Salt Lake City office.
Andrea Smardon

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. 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.

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.

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Business & Labor
5:20 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Utah Mayors Call for Immigration Reform

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. 

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Public Safety
4:55 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

Utah's Undocumented Immigrants Want a Chance to Serve in Military

Salt Lake Dream Team President Angelica Rodriguez speaks publicly about her experience being denied the opportunity to serve in the US military because she did not have proper documentation.
Andrea Smardon

Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have served in the US Armed Forces, but not everyone who wants to serve can. Some undocumented immigrants in Utah wish they had the opportunity to enlist in the military, and they’re hoping Congress can help. 

Angelica Rodriguez came to Utah just before her sixth birthday from the Mexican state of Veracruz. By the time she was a teenager, her dream was to serve in the US armed forces. She says she wanted to help and protect people, especially during natural disasters.

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Business & Labor
4:24 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Senator Hatch Files 24 Amendments to Immigration Bill

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. 

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. 

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Business & Labor
4:43 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Senator Hatch Says Immigration Bill Could be Improved

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) talks with Zions Bank clients and business community about immigration reform.
Andrea Smardon

Senator Orrin 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. 

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