South Salt Lake • Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff and an adviser to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked mayors Wednesday to help refocus the debate and show how fixing immigration could boost the economy and create jobs.
"The immigration issue really is an economic issue," Shurtleff told a Utah League of Cities and Towns forum attended mostly by area mayors. That's partly because the economy still depends heavily on labor by undocumented workers, he said, and ways must be found to fill that need within the rule of law.
"Smarter immigration policies will lead to more American jobs," said Jeremy Robbins, the Bloomberg adviser who manages the Partnership for a New American Economy, a coalition of business leaders and mayors pushing for reforms that could help the economy. It advocates passing some easy reforms now, such as raising quotas for some types of legal immigration.