The Utah Legislature is set to wade into the political quagmire surrounding President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
Sen. Brian Shiozawa, R-Salt Lake City, is sponsoring SCR006, which says “The Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein, affirms its commitment to protect the civil liberties, religious, freedoms, and dignity of all Americans, legal immigrants, and refugees of good will seeking protection against persecution.” The resolution also mentions some faith traditions, including Muslims, saying they “should not be criminalized as groups because of individuals professing to act in their names.”
Shiozawa says the resolution is not specifically targeted at Trump’s executive order banning entry to the United States of people from seven Muslim-majority countries. The order also halts refugees from entering the U.S.
“This is just saying we need to take a step back and consider our actions,” he said. “How do we best approach this issue?”
Over the weekend, Trump’s executive action was halted by a federal court in California, setting up a legal battle over the ban.
Shiozawa says the resolution started percolating a couple of weeks ago when Gov. Gary Herbert asked him to take the lead on the issue.
“Immigrants are not going away,” he said. “We need to find a rational way to talk about this issue.”