SALT LAKE CITY -- A controversial immigration package approved by Utah lawmakers earlier this month has been signed by Gov. Gary Herbert.
Herbert signed the four immigration bills Tuesday at the state Capitol.
One of the bills requires police to check the immigration status of anyone stopped for a felony or serious misdemeanor. Another bill creates a guest worker program for illegal immigrants in the state.
The other bills allow businesses to recruit Mexican workers and American citizens to sponsor foreign residents wanting to work or study in Utah.
Supporters say the package balances enforcement, compassion and economic realities.
Opponents have begun boycotts of Utah and are threatening lawsuits.
They include groups who say the guest worker permits offer amnesty and others critical of the enforcement measures.