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H.J.R. 1






Chief Sponsor: Lynn N. Hemingway

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature expresses support for the Utah Compact.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    expresses support for the Utah Compact and its guiding principles that can
             14      positively impact the tone of the immigration discussion within the state.
             15      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             20      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             21          WHEREAS, the Utah Compact is a declaration of five principles to guide Utah's
             22      immigration discussion;
             23          WHEREAS, the Utah Compact is being supported by numerous business and religious
             24      leaders;
             25          WHEREAS, immigration is a federal policy issue between the United States
             26      Government and other countries, not Utah and other countries;
             27          WHEREAS, Utah's congressional delegation and others at the federal level should lead

             28      efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect the nation's borders;
             29          WHEREAS, reasonable policies should be adopted in Utah to address immigrants in
             30      the state;
             31          WHEREAS, the rule of law and law enforcement's professional judgment and
             32      discretion should be supported;
             33          WHEREAS, local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not
             34      civil violations of federal laws;
             35          WHEREAS, strong families are the foundation of successful communities, and policies
             36      that unnecessarily separate families should be opposed;
             37          WHEREAS, policies that support families and improve the health, education, and
             38      well-being of all Utah children should be supported;
             39          WHEREAS, Utah is best served by a free market philosophy that maximizes individual
             40      freedom and opportunity;
             41          WHEREAS, immigrants play an important economic role as workers and taxpayers,
             42      and Utah's immigration policies should reaffirm the state's global reputation as a welcoming
             43      and business friendly state;
             44          WHEREAS, a humane approach should be adopted that acknowledges the reality that
             45      immigrants are integrated into communities across Utah and reflect our unique culture, history,
             46      and spirit of inclusion;
             47          WHEREAS, the way Utah's citizens treat immigrants will say more about us as a free
             48      society and less about our immigrant neighbors; and
             49          WHEREAS, Utah should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill:
             50          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             51      expresses its support for the Utah Compact and its guiding principles that can positively impact
             52      the tone of the immigration discussion within the state.
             53          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah League
             54      of Cities and Towns and the Utah Association of Counties.

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    as of 12-5-12 9:18 AM

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