Each member of the Utah House of Representatives admits the immigration system in place is broken, but currently none outright support the immigration reform bill proposed by Sen. Orrin Hatch or the Gang of Eight.
I called Rep. Matheson's and Rep. Bishop's offices many times, emailed constituent case workers, but I get the dodging response of "we'll get back to you" on whether I can schedule a meeting with them to discuss immigration reform. Matheson's office scheduled a fifteen minute meeting with me; however it was cancelled the morning of, due to a "scheduling conflict," and I haven't heard back from them since.
Bishop's office has agreed to let me meet with a case worker in the near future, which is better than nothing.
What I wanted to discuss with these congressmen was the fact that a poll conducted in July 2013 and published in the news shows a vast majority of Utahns support immigration reform, and as one of them, I implore our representatives to act in accordance with the purpose they were assigned when elected. If these representatives are unable to support the bipartisan immigration reform bill passed in the Senate and supported by our own Sen. Hatch, as congressmen they have the right and ability to debate and amend any proposal before the U.S. House of Representatives. With this in mind, I beseech them to take action to either support the bill, or amend the bill.
Our members of the House of Representatives have an obligation to act on the desires of the majority of Utah's citizens by supporting immigration reform. For the strong sense of family values that we all share here in Utah, for the humane sentiment of "love thy neighbor," for the practical economic reasons that have been echoed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, by 19 of Utah's city mayors, and even by top GOP donors here in Utah, our representatives should act.
It's not enough to say the system is broken, and then do nothing about it!
Stand up and act, that's why we elected you.