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There simply are no easy ways to resolve this nation’s festering and intensely divisive illegal immigration crisis. Yet, activity on a couple of key fronts offers hope that something might actually be accomplished.

President Bush has decided to give the issue priority status. His recent trip to the Mexican boarder along with his pronouncements on policy, obviously are calculated to advance the debate.

To assure Utah has a voice in the fray, Governor Huntsman recently convinced Western governors to let him take a stab at developing a regional policy statement on immigration. He followed that up by hosting Mexico’s ambassador to the United States as a likely prelude to a Beehive State visit by Mexican President Vincente Fox.

These developments can only be viewed as positive forward steps.

Border security heads the list of KSL’s concerns. Steps must be taken to stop the torrential northward flow of illegal workers. As that is accomplished, attention can focus on rationally dealing with the millions of illegal immigrants already here. A realistic temporary worker program, in some form, must be part of the effort.

For our nation’s safe future, including peace on the home front, the passage of an enforceable immigration law, cannot not be delayed much longer.

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