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S.C.R. 1 Enrolled







Chief Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

House Sponsor: Brad L. Dee

             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature urges the United States Congress to grant
             12      the state of Utah waivers to establish an employer-sponsored work program and other
             13      strategies to address illegal immigration in the state.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution:
             16          .    urges the United States Congress to grant the state of Utah waivers to implement an
             17      employer-sponsored work program and to withhold federal FICA and Medicare
             18      revenue and apply it toward the costs of the program.
             19      Special Clauses:
             20          None
             22      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             23          WHEREAS, illegal immigration is an increasing concern in many states, including the
             24      state of Utah;
             25          WHEREAS, recent attempts by Congress to make major reforms in immigration law
             26      have stalled;
             27          WHEREAS, without definitive direction from the federal government, states are
             28      struggling to adequately address the many issues surrounding illegal immigration within their
             29      respective borders;

             30          WHEREAS, there is an increasing need for state and local governments to address
             31      problems associated with illegal immigration, most particularly in the area of job employment;
             32          WHEREAS, federal waivers would greatly increase the state of Utah's capacity to
             33      address current illegal immigration challenges;
             34          WHEREAS, a federal waiver would be required for Utah to institute an
             35      employer-sponsored work program providing a two-year, renewable guest worker
             36      authorization for foreign workers;
             37          WHEREAS, a second waiver is needed to withhold FICA and Medicare revenue and
             38      apply it toward the costs of the program;
             39          WHEREAS, the proposed employer-sponsored work program will allow for Utah to
             40      deal with its current undocumented population in a fair manner;
             41          WHEREAS, the employer-sponsored work program would also address Utah's need for
             42      both unskilled and skilled laborers while ensuring that all available local workers are given
             43      ample opportunity to meet that need;
             44          WHEREAS, if granted a waiver, Utah's employer-sponsored work program should
             45      require that potential workers register as a worker with the state, be fingerprinted, have their
             46      names processed through the Interagency Border Inspection Name Check System, pass a
             47      medical exam, be sponsored by their employer, have health and automobile insurance, and
             48      have funds withheld by their employer to cover health insurance and the administrative costs
             49      of the work program;
             50          WHEREAS, through the granting of federal waivers allowing the state to provide the
             51      employer-sponsored work program, the state of Utah can address many challenges regarding
             52      illegal immigration issues its citizens currently face; and
             53          WHEREAS, the employer-sponsored work program combines opportunity with
             54      enforcement in a responsible manner:
             55          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             56      Governor concurring therein, urge the United States Congress to grant the state of Utah
             57      waivers to implement an employer-sponsored work program, and to withhold federal FICA

             58      and Medicare revenue and apply it toward the health insurance and other administrative costs
             59      of the program.
             60          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Majority
             61      Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives,
             62      United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Department of Homeland
             63      Security, the President of the United States, the members of Utah's Congressional Delegation,
             64      the Utah Labor Commission, and the Utah Department of Workforce Services.

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