I am happy to report that this afternoon, Representative Sandstrom (R-Orem) presented his Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act (HB70) to the House Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Standing Committee. After much debate and many civil but impassioned testimonies, the bill PASSED the committee by a vote of 9 to 3. The bill will now move on for full legislative consideration.
In his eloquent summation for the bill, Representative Sandstrom said the bill is “not about race; it’s about criminal behavior.” He said that being here illegally is simply wrong. “We all have to follow the law and we all have consequences,” he said. “There’s a sense of entitlement that people have who are here in this country illegally. They do not think that law applies to them. It does.” Sandstrom said he does not believe this bill is the “silver bullet” that will fix all our immigration problems, but he said the legislature has accomplished something if this bill keeps more people from coming to Utah illegally.
Representative Sandstrom has spent a lot of time and effort working on this issue. He has spoken with so many parties on both the pro and con side of the illegal immigration debate, and has suffered much persecution during the process. His work and comportment have been commendable. I personally thank him for his work, and thank all those on the committee who voted to allow this legislation to move forward in the legislative process. I look forward to seeing how the bill fares in the House and Senate.