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Lawmaker prepares alternative immigration bill

Lawmaker prepares alternative immigration bill

By Randall Jeppesen | Posted - Nov. 19, 2010 at 9:24 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah State Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, is getting ready to put forward an immigration bill that she says counters the bill introduced earlier by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom.

Sandstrom's bill focuses on illegal immigration enforcement, but Robles argues Sandstrom's bill will cost too much.

"We will be literally cutting our budget by millions to put together detention centers and put together a bill that will just basically bring a catch-and-release type of legislation. We will catch them and release them because the federal government is the only one that can literally deport someone," said Robles.

Robles says she and others have been working quietly on this immigration legislation for months and she says it falls in line with the principles outlined in the "Utah Compact."

You can hear Robles talk more about this bill she plans on unveiling in a couple of weeks by listening to "A Woman's View" hosted by Amanda Dickson on KSL Newsradio Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

E-mail: rjeppesen@ksl.com

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