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The Daily Herald reports the proposal under consideration in Texas creates a commission to work on immigration issues -- the Texas Commission on Immigration, similar to the commission created in Utah under HB 466. It also allows creation of a state-run migrant worker program to bring workers from a Mexican state to do jobs that employers cannot fill with U.S. residents.
The Texas lawmaker sponsoring the bill, Aaron Pena, says without a doubt immigration is a federal issue. But when Washington fails, Texans demand a Texas response, and this is a good start.
According to the Herald, Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, says this is indicative of Utah leading out on a very challenging issue. He also believes that Utah's version of a guest worker program addresses the issue of filling certain segments of the job market.
Texas is the latest of several states to consider their own versions of the so-called Utah Compact.