Drafter of Utah Compact calls document ‘gold standard’ for fixing nation’s immigration problems

SALT LAKE CITY — Some players in the national immigration reform movement are calling it a “kairos moment.”

They say there is national momentum — and an opening — to push Congress to reform the nation’s unworkable immigration laws in 2013.

Paul Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute, a Utah-based conservative public policy think tank, said he intends to tell members of Utah’s congressional delegation during visits Wednesday to seize that opportunity and to use the Utah Compact as a guide.

“I’m going to tell them, ‘You guys have a great opportunity to lead in Congress. You come from the state that has for now created the gold standard how you solve this problem,'” Mero said.

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