Utah senator heads to D.C. to discuss immigration

State Senator Curt Bramble of Provo, Utah, was in Washington, D.C., recently to discuss the state’s new immigration laws, the Daily Herald reports.

The laws, passed by a Republican-dominated state government, were scheduled to go into effect in March 2011 but was temporarily blocked by a federal judge after complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center, according to CNN.

Bramble, along with Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, took part in a meeting hosted by ImmigrationWorks USA. The goal of the event is to discuss how much control state governments should have when enforcing immigration policies.

The Constitution places the responsibility of establishing naturalization rules on the US Congress, but Bramble argues that Congress hasn’t adequately handled immigration policies, leaving each individual state on its own.

According to National Public Radio, the three-part bill includes an enforcement law – less-strict than Arizona – that would require police to check the immigration status of people stopped for felonies and some misdemeanors. The bill also includes a guest-worker permit law that allows illegal immigrants working in the community with no criminal record to pay a fine.