Utah business leaders push for immigration reform

Emilee Eagar, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah business leaders are telling Utah’s senators and representatives that now is the time for comprehensive immigration reform.

The Partnership for a New American Economy, Salt Lake Chamber and 48 people in the business community signed their names to an open letter addressed to Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Mike Lee, and Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop, R-Utah, Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Jim Matheson, D-Utah.

The letter appeared as a full-page advertisement in Utah newspapers Sunday, urging the congressional delegation to “move forward with what is practical and in the best interest of the nation.”

The bill, a bipartisan effort crafted by four Republican and four Democratic senators — the Gang of Eight — offers a path to citizenship for many of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants while seeking ways to strengthen the nation’s security.

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