March 7, 2011
Utah could become the first state in the nation with its own guest worker program that would grant permits to undocumented immigrants and allow them to continue living and working in the state legally.
The measure passed the Republican-controlled state legislature late Friday as part of a bipartisan deal that also includes an enforcement law, requiring police to check the immigration status of suspects in felony or serious misdemeanor cases.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert praised lawmakers for crafting a so-called “Utah solution” to the state’s illegal immigration problem but has not said whether he will sign the bills.