The fact that one of our elected officials, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, is a leader in the move to bring the Republican Party around to the need for immigration reform that is not only comprehensive, but humane, brings honor on the entire state of Utah
Shurtleff was the most prominent member of a Utah delegation to this week's meeting of the National Immigration Forum in Washington. The attorney general, who is particularly free to speak his mind because he is no longer seeking elective office, brought with him the principles of the Utah Compact. That is the philosophy that seeks reform of the nation's broken immigration laws, reform that respects the humanity of those who move from country to county in search of a better life even as it seeks to uphold the rule of law.
As a soon-to-be former elected official, Shurtleff is able to speak truth to the still powerful. He rightly decried the enforcement-only tactics of elected officials in Arizona and elsewhere as not only unproductive, but as clearly pandering to the lesser demons of our political nature.