It appears that illegal immigration is the hot topic for the legislature this year…or at least, the topic in which the Republican majority is being most egregiously outrageous. Not only do we have the two actions I’ve mentioned (hb 237 and Greg Curtis’ Oxbow scheme), but also HB 239, which Jeremy aptly reviewed. Technically all of these actions are targeted at illegal rather than any immigrants. But in practice, given the extremely restrictive and biased nature of current national immigration law, it does not appear to be a good time to be a “stranger” in our lovely Deseret.
So it warms my heart to see that University of Utah students want to make a statement about this anti-immigrant furor at the capitol. They have organized a candelight vigil at the Capitol Plaza Feb 5 (tomorrow) at 3:00. They are calling for anyone to join them. I’m planning on it. Join me in helping make it a great turnout in support of compassion and of immigrant rights.