I am opposed to Illegal Immigration. Period. The lack of a coherent policy and the will to enforce it in Washington has left the states in a nearly impossible situation. The hard truth is: We can "chip away" at little pieces of the problem, but it can never be truly "solved" by Utah or any other state. Until we elect federal representatives committed to enforcing and improving our immigration laws, there will be no real answer the state can provide. For example, assuming we pass a bill similar to Arizona's SB 1070, (and I believe that we will) that bill still will not do anything to increase federal commitment to enforcement. We will identify arrest and detain more illegal immigrants, we will then contact ICE to notify them of our discovery, and they will still decline to come pick them up, unless they have committed a serious enough felony. As I said before, without a stronger committment from Washington, it will not have a significant effect.
As your representative, I am uninterested in sound bites and angry belligerent rhetoric that so pollutes this debate. Rather, I am deeply interested in actual solutions, focused on enforcement and bound by the principles outlined above.