SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill providing guest worker permits for illegal immigrants currently in Utah will be debated by the full House after passing an initial committee hearing.
Rep. Bill Wright, R-Holden, said House Bill 116, which passed the House Workforce Services Committee 6-1 Tuesday, provides a way for illegal immigrants to continue working in the state.
Wright said his bill recognizes the economic importance of illegal immigrants, instead of focusing on deportation. His bill is one of two bills in the House creating work permits.
Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, said he is planning to introduce a bill this week allowing foreigners to work in Utah temporarily. It would not give permits to illegal immigrants.
Sandstrom said he cannot support a program that grants amnesty.