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“Utah Solution” Immigration Package Signed Into Law

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 11052760 (posted May. 27, 2011)"

On March 15, 2011, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed into law a package of four immigration bills dubbed as the “Utah Solution.” The bills are:

  • HB 116: Establishes a guest worker program that would allow undocumented workers and their immediate family members to live and work within the state of Utah. HB 116 also prohibits employers from knowingly hiring unauthorized workers, and requires most employers to verify employment eligibility of new hires using E-Verify for traditional employees or the new U-Verify for permit employees.
  • HB 466: Establishes a Migrant Worker Visa Pilot Project that would permit the state to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Mexico to allow Utah businesses to employ migrant workers.
  • HB 469: Directs the governor to create the Utah Pilot Sponsored Resident Immigrant Program to permit U.S. citizens who are residents of Utah to sponsor foreign nationals as resident immigrants by assuming financial responsibility for such individuals.
  • HB 497: Establishes immigration enforcement measures including an “Arizona-like” provision which would require officers to verify the immigration status of individuals who are stopped under a number of circumstances.
 
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