Fascinating stuff. Republican members of the House are criticizing the Utah immigration bill because it contains a guest worker provision. As I've noted, the Georgia bill that seems likely to be signed into law also contains such a provision. For these reasons, we need to be careful about lumping all such laws together as the same as SB 1070 (something I have to admit I have tended to do). Here is an interesting quote from that article:
But Utah legislators said the state needed a bill that covered enforcement as well as the state’s need for immigrant labor.
"Being reasonable and being conservative are not mutually exclusive,” Herbert said in a statement to a local Utah television station. “Part of being conservative is being practical.”
Again, very interesting. Conventional wisdom is that Republicans must play to an enforcement-minded base. Is there room in there for "practical" and "reasonable"?
I have not bothered to go into the hypocrisy of criticizing state laws while also refusing to pass federal law. It is like shooting fish in a barrel.