States Look at Immigration Reform

States Look at Immigration Reform

This week President Obama said he's still hopeful an immigration bill will be able to pass soon. Several states are not waiting for federal action on immigration reform: A look at what’s passed in Utah and Arizona and what’s being considered in other states around the country.

This week President Obama said he's still hopeful an immigration overhaul bill will be able to pass soon. But some states are adopting alternatives, most prominently Arizona and Utah. Arizona’s law took a tough stance by requiring police officers to question anyone they suspect as an illegal. Utah passed a hybrid package that tightens enforcement and allows for guest workers. Supporters say it offers an alternative to the costly political polarization Arizona faced. Some legal experts are questioning if these laws are constitutional, including whether they intrude on areas reserved for the federal government. Diane and her guests discuss immigration reform on the state level.

Guests

Mark Shurtleff

Attorney General of Utah

Julia Preston

national immigration correspondent for The New York Times.

Dan Stein

president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

Frank Sharry

founder and executive director of America's Voice, former executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

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