Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce supports immigration reform

By Cristina Rendon

Published 04/30 2013 10:34PM

Updated 05/01 2013 07:27AM

UTAH COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Many undocumented immigrants call Utah County home and many businesses desperately need people to fill jobs.

With that in mind, the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is the latest group to weigh in on immigration reform.

Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce President Q. Val Hale said the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee and the Board of Directors recently voted to unanimously endorse the
Utah Compact and adopt a resolution regarding immigration reform.

The resolution involves a multi-pronged approach that outlines several principles and ideas the chamber believes should be included in the ultimate solution.

They support legislative action that:

1. Promotes national security interests by securing U.S. borders and pursues other immigration reform initiatives.

2. Addressed both current and future economic needs for both high skilled workers and lower skilled workers through the creation of a work visa program.

3. Creates a workable, reliable and fast national employee verification system.

4. Provides a path out of the shadows for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who meet strict conditions.

Hale encourages local, state and national political leaders to find a workable solution for the issues.

A bi-partisan immigration bill drafted by the Gang of Eight is pending in the Senate.

Senator Orrin Hatch is expected to talk about his ideas about immigration reform in Salt Lake City on Wednesday.

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