The Deseret News reports that opponents of Utah HB116, a law that would legalize illegal aliens in the state of Utah under the guise of "guest workers", have launched a petition campaign to get it overturned. Organizing the campaign is Brandon Beckham, Republican state delegate from Orem. Also involved is former U.S. Senate candidate Cherilyn Eagar, a proven conservative. You can view and sign the petition at the Repeal116.com website:
Although signatures from Utah residents will carry the greatest weight, the petition is set up to accept signatures from people in all states. This gives patriots in all states the opportunity to show solidarity with Utah patriots determined to defend American sovereignty. Financial donations are solicited through this portal. KSL news video embedded below:
The constitutionality of HB116 is in doubt. Two members of Utah's Congressional delegation, Senator Mike Lee and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, have condemned it. Senator Lee said “It would take a massive shift in federal law for that to even be considered, and there’s no appetite to transfer that authority over to the states”, while Rep. Chaffetz said “I feel it’s unconstitutional, and I took an oath to uphold the Constitution.”
HB116 would set up a process for undocumented immigrants living in Utah before May 11th, 2011, to obtain a guest worker permit. Applicants would be fined $2,500 — $1,000 for overstaying a visa — for entering the country illegally, but they would still be allowed to remain (that's called "amnesty", folks). The program, which requires federal approval, would take effect in July 2013. Read the full text of the bill HERE.
Roll Call Votes: HB116 passed in the State Senate by a 19-5-5 vote, and in the State House by a 41-32-2 vote. Use the links to determine how lawmakers voted.
The LDS Church tacitly supported HB116, along with the other three bills signed by Governor Gary Herbert at the same time, to include HB466, HB469, and HB466. The presence of Presiding Bishop H. David Burton at the signing ceremony was interpreted by some as an official LDS endorsement. However, the LDS Church subsequently made it clear that they acknowledge that every nation has the right to enforce its laws and secure its borders, and that they proclaim that all persons subject to a nation’s laws are accountable for their acts in relation to them. They merely considered the comprehensive package passed by lawmakers to be a responsible approach to a very complicated issue, in accordance with the Utah Compact.
A Dan Jones poll of 496 Utahns conducted Feb 8-11 indicated that 71 percent of respondents favored legislation providing state-issued work permits for undocumented immigrants that allow them to remain in the country if they have a job and undergo a criminal background check, but that was before HB116 was crafted.