Group wants West Valley to take on illegal immigration now

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(KSL News) A group of West Valley residents says their city should take on illegal immigration. At tonight's city council meeting, the group encouraged city leaders to address the issue.

They say West Valley City is encouraging illegal immigrants to live there by failing to crack down on businesses that hire them. "If there's no work here, or the perception of no work because they're going to be caught, they are not going to be here," said West Valley resident Adam Leffler.

But West Valley's mayor says other cities in the United States have been successfully sued for enacting laws against illegal immigration. He says the issue needs to be handled by the federal government.

"The federal law preempts the city and the state from acting on many of the things that were brought up in the meeting tonight," Mayor Dennis Nordfelt said.

A representative with the Hispanic community was also in attendance. He says tonight's discussion concerned him because it promoted discrimination.

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