Two corners of our country contain powerful and contradictory symbols of immigration in the United States. One is a barrier. The other is a beacon. The barrier is in the southwest corner, a fence almost 700 miles long on our border with Mexico. The beacon is in the northeast corner, on Liberty Island in New York harbor. It's the Statue of Liberty. Inscribed on the plaque that Lady Liberty holds is this extract of the Emma Lazarus sonnet, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
In between those two symbols is the United States of America. Our national immigration policy is a mess, and with the House refusing (yet again) to take meaningful action, let's take a look at what that costs us here in Utah.
The stonewalling on immigration exemplifies the political dysfunction and grandstanding in Washington that is tying our government up in knots. In June 2013, the U.S. Senate passed SB 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, a comprehensive bill reforming the immigration system. The bill passed 68 to 32 with Sen. Orrin Hatch supporting it and Sen. Mike Lee opposed. While the bill has good and bad points (it's a compromise!), it is a step in the right direction. But, while the Senate acted, the House dithered. I repeat: the House dithered.