The Common Good

Utah leaders take immigration ideas to national summit

Date: December 4, 2012

The immigration reform debate may have cooled down, but a group of government, business and religious leaders — including several from Utah — are hoping to return the issue to the front burner in Washington in the coming year.

Tuesday marked the first day of a two-day "National Strategy Session" on immigration in the nation's capital, beginning with a news conference at the National Press Club. The group of leaders is urging Congress to enact several reforms, including a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers.

"We see 2013 as the year to get immigration reform done in this country," Salt Lake Chamber chief economist Natalie Gochnour said in a phone interview with KSL NewsRadio from Washington, D.C.

"We've waited too long. It would be a powerful boost for our elected leaders to show they can get something done," she said.