Mixed Reaction Utah: Immigration Directive

Mike Leehatch(Undated Utah)-Sen. Mike Lee says President Barack Obama should expect political backlash for his executive actions to protect immigrants from deportation — including the possibility of budget restrictions, a hold on nominations and court action. Lee, a Utah Republican argues that Obama’s move hijacks the constitutional process. Seven-term Sen. Orrin Hatch,  said Obama was wrong to push aside Capitol Hill on a major issue.

Local Latino reaction was very positive on the President’s action. Brandy Farmer, president of Salt Lake’s Centro Civico Mexicano, said she believes the reforms will be a boon to the nation’s economy and provide peace of mind to families who live in constant fear of a loved one being deported.  According to estimates, there are more than 100,000 people in Utah and some 11.4 million nationwide who are not authorized to work or live in the United States. But others, including Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, said Obama’s use of executive orders to reform the nation’s immigration system “will only poison the well and make resolution of the matter more difficult.” Herbert said he was “disturbed” that the president would take such divisive and unilateral action. “All Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, should be concerned about President Obama’s blatant disregard of his oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States”

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