Utah Attorney General John Swallow and a bipartisan group of 35 state and territorial attorneys general today wrote to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and congressional leaders to convey their support for federal immigration reform that improves our immigration system, keeps our communities safe and protects our borders.
“We are being impacted with drug crime, identity theft issues and gangs due to our porous borders and it is threatening our safety, our economy and our way of life,” says Swallow. “A streamlined visa process and state input on the numbers of immigrant workers are also vital.”
The attorneys general stated their support for a law enforcement strategy that focuses on public safety, targets serious crime, safeguards witnesses and victims and considers national security implications for porous borders.
They further urged a reasonable and predictable regulatory environment that considers the interests of, and the unintended consequences to, businesses, workers and consumers. A broader reform effort should eventually include a way to accurately, reliably and inexpensively determine who is permitted to work and make sure an adequate labor force is available for a growing economy.
“As state attorneys general, we urge federal officials to recognize their unique responsibility to resolve this issue once and for all,” adds Swallow.
The attorneys general recognized that immigration policy is primarily a federal responsibility, and pledged to lend their voice and expertise to federal legislators as they move forward in this process.
A copy of the letter is available here: Immigration Letter -2013
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