Syracuse Mayor Jamie Nagle thinks it's time to take politics out of the discussion of potential immigration reform at the national level.
The political approach of all or nothing hasn't worked, she said, and the time for what she termed a "reasonable conversation" has come.
"It (immigration reform) impacts jobs and the economy. It affects everybody," Nagle said of the issue.
She and three other Davis County mayors have joined a group of 19 Beehive State mayors calling for comprehensive immigration reform in a letter addressed to Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.
Besides Nagle, other Davis County mayors to sign off on the letter include Ron Russell, of Centerville; Todd Stevenson, of Fruit Heights; and Kent Parry, of Woods Cross.
Richard Hendrix, mayor of Harrisville in Weber County, also signed the letter.
The letter calls for sensible immigration reform to begin immediately.
The mayoral letter emphasized the growing consensus that members of Congress need to work together to develop a solution ensuring a modernized immigration system, while sustaining the economy and remaining competitive.
It urged specific attention on agricultural workers and on addressing the need for high-skills jobs in the U.S.
"It's something that needs to be dealt with. It impacts everyone and the economy," Russell said of the issue.
He said the issue affects local employers in his community.
Parry signed the letter because he thinks the federal government needs to take the lead on the issue. He said all sides of the issue, from people already in the country to guidelines for those who may yet come, need to be addressed in looking at potential reform.
Stevenson also weighed in because he hopes a moderate approach will help bring dialogue and a possible solution.
Matthew Harakal, press secretary for Hatch, said the veteran Utah lawmaker likes some of the issues raised in the letter.
"It's good to see so many mayors are supportive of Senator Hatch's efforts on immigration reform, considering he helped write several key components of the immigration reform bill," Harakal said.
Lee issued a formal response to the letter Monday afternoon, saying he is sponsoring or co-sponsoring several reforms, which he said would improve immigration of highly skilled workers, address agricultural and seasonal workers and create new incentives for tourism.
He called progress on the issue vital to the economy and the nation's security.
"I firmly believe that we can achieve real comprehensive reform without having to pass another thousand-page bill full of loopholes, carve-outs and unintended consequences," Lee said.
"In fact, the only way to guarantee successful reform of the entire system, and ensure we are not repeating the mistakes of the past, is through a series of incremental steps that ensure the foundational pieces -- like border security and an effective entry-exit system -- are done properly."