A serious, often contentious but highly productive debate raged in Utah over state-based immigration reforms from April 2010 — when Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 was signed — until March 2011, when Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed HB116 into law.
By the time the political dust had settled, nearly every supporter of HB116 had won re-election, and nearly every zealous opponent of the bill was no longer in office. Public opinion in Utah swung from 70 percent in favor of an Arizona approach (in April 2010) to 70 percent in favor of an alternative Utah solution.
Click here to read more of Paul Mero’s op-ed in The Salt Lake Tribune.