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House passes bill requiring Utah businesses to verify legal status of workers

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  • MPetrie Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 22, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    Wow... you mean we're actually going to hold businesses accountable to obey the law? Who woulda thunk it?

  • Dixie Dan Saint George, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    I hope the bill includes hiring "Day Workers" and the ever present "Independent Contractor." These two titles are one of the employers favorite tricks in not having to pay taxes on illegals that they hire. It also reduces their Workers Compensation premium as they have less employees.

  • Right or Wrong Happy Valley, Utah
    Feb. 22, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    Comments like "penalties are too harsh" and "a burden on employers" are simply a ruse and are not at all true.

    As a multiple business owner it is neither difficult nor a burden to follow the rules that this bill would require. I gladly allow employees time off to take care of important and critical needs.

    I9's and e-verify are tools to make it easy to avoid hiring illegal individuals. UNLESS you want to hire them, which is WRONG!

  • jim l West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 7:29 p.m.

    A great day in utah!

  • Carson Provo, UT
    Feb. 22, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    It looks like La Migra is finally coming for the Illegals!

  • Sego Lilly Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:21 a.m.

    Before handing out 'guest worker" permits lets put the AMERICAN/English speaking people to work first. If they speak another language that is secondary that they are fluent in such as french, german, spanish, greek, etc - great but lets get the citizens of this country to work first.

  • JBrady Murray, Ut
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:39 a.m.

    Making it 15 employee's or more is a compromise that should not of happened. Federal law says any business can be fined. And changing shall to may puts the decision into the hands of our Attorney General, who promised he would not enforce immigration related laws.

    When are we going to take American jobs back for Americans, and stop pandering to those here for jobs?

  • J. Adams Sandy, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:52 a.m.

    Why limit the application of the law to companies of 15 or more employees?? If it is the law it should apply to every employer of any size company. Of course most illegals will escape through the cracks because most small compsnies employ less than 15 people.

  • JanSan Pocatello, ID
    Feb. 23, 2011 7:15 a.m.

    re: JBRADY - I agree with you 100%
    leaving it up to 15 employees leave a back door open for them to still get a job without haveing to prove anything.. this is nuts..
    And if that Attorney General still wants their job they better have a change of heart about not enforcing the immigration laws.

  • RRB SLC, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:10 a.m.

    It's a start if enforced. That's my fear, it won't be enforced.

  • KDave Moab, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    Why just emloyers? Why not anyone who does business with an illegal? Blatant discrimination!

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    15 is too many, 1 should be the standard

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    Just wait and see...

    One (or more) big businesses are going to give Herbie a big bribe and he will VETO this bill if it comes across his desk.

  • Cinnamon WestValleyCity, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    Going over Board!
    They will give you then thier
    Job so you can Clean toilets and floors

  • HelloGoodbye WestValleyCity, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    UnitedStates & those in seat of Congress
    Not any more freedom not any more employment not any more Universal nation!

    Good ol America(Arizona) turning away are past cousins of many other cousinsd with family ancestors!
    It has been very Unfair to Mexicans even when they been here since the mormon Settlers or before 1800s