Immigration is a topic that continues to be equated with Latinos, and during this year's legislative session, immigration will be a much-discussed issue.
But Latinos are not single-issue voters. Many other issues are equally or even more important than immigration, including education, employment and health care.
"We have the same issues as other people," said former Ogden City Councilman Jesse Garcia. "The majority needs to know we are after the same things in life."
Education in particular is a big concern for him. Latinos have one of the highest dropout rates of any ethnic group in the state.
"Education is the key to success, and if our kids aren't graduating, then there is something wrong," Garcia said.
Retired teacher and community activist Archie Archuleta sees a problem with the school system as well.
"We have third-, fourth-, fifth-generation kids that are failing," Archuleta said. "Education is absolutely a must. People recognize that."
Weber State University student Natalia Palacio said the schools need to change their basic philosophy.
"We are putting all this money into education," Palacio said, "but the material we are taught is for low-wage employees."
With a large percentage of Latinos being younger than 18, education will continue to be an important issue, attorney and immigration advocate Mark Alvarez said.
Employment figures have an impact on Utah Latinos as well.
Weber State University student Margarita Ceja is concerned about finding work and scholarship money to pay her tuition.
"For me right now," Ceja said, "the concerns are earning money for college and finding work."
Employment is also important for North Ogden resident Alex Lizarazo. He is troubled by anti-affirmative action bills that have been introduced in the state Legislature, such as H.J.R. 24 from 2010. A similar bill is expected to be introduced during this session.
"It's strange in a state with so little diversity," Lizarazo said, "they want to remove a policy that promotes diversity."
It's not that Latinos are taking all of the jobs, Lizarazo said; there are hardly any Latinos here.
"I've never seen a state that needed affirmative action more than Utah," Lizarazo said.
Health is also an important topic. Garcia said diabetes and high cholesterol are common among Latinos.
Alvarez said exercise and outdoor activities need to be promoted more to Latinos.
Access to health care is a concern to Paulette Padilla, a Weber State University pre-med student who is concerned with the future of the health care plan.
"I don't know how things are going to turn out," Padilla said. "It's not so much about the money, it's about the care they are going to give people."
Providing access to services in general is difficult, because there is a need for more educated bilingual and bicultural personnel, Garcia said.
Other issues include domestic violence, the number of Latinos in corrections systems, the environment and the lack of representation in local government.
Although important for many Latinos, the immigration issue sometimes clouds other issues Latinos are also interested in.
Alvarez, for instance, has spent many years as an immigrant-rights advocate and activist, constantly speaking and writing on the subject. However, he would rather talk about the Salt Lake City Public Library and environmental issues.
"I actually hate talking about immigration," Alvarez said. "I would rather not talk about this issue."
Yet immigration is tied closely to the Latino community. Many of the problems Latinos face come from the perceptions of immigration.
A lot of people look at the Hispanic community and think a lot of the people are undocumented, Alvarez said. Within the Latino community, some people are undocumented, and many know someone who is undocumented.
Being identified with the national immigration debate is not all bad. The issue gives many Latinos a voice in state and national politics.
"I don't feel like it's a bad thing," Palacio said. "It makes us be noticed."
It is important, however, to note that it is not the only issue.
"Sometimes we put too much emphasis on that," Palacio said. "Latinos have other problems that we face when we come here."