Utah university presidents favor immigration reform

Sep 20, 2013

On Thursday, presidents from eight Utah universities sent a letter in support of immigration reform to Utah representatives in the House.

Utah university presidents argue for immigration reform in order to grow Utah education and economy.
Utah university presidents argue for immigration reform in order to grow Utah education and economy.
Credit Utah State University

The presidents urged Representatives Rob Bishop, Chris Stewart, Jason Chaffetz and Jim Matheson to find a bipartisan solution to what they called a "broken immigration system". They argued reform would have an overwhelmingly positive effect on Utah education and economy.

The letter said failure to reform presents a critical threat to America's innovation and prosperity  because it limits U.S. ability to retain and capitalize on students trained at U.S. universities.

The letter also supported the DREAM Act and argued that students who come to the U.S. as children are unable to take advantage of an education and contribute to the economy because of their status.

The University presidents involved included David Pershing of University of Utah, Charles A. Wight of Weber State University, Scott L. Wyatt, President of Snow College, Stephen D. Nadauld of Dixie State University, Brian Levin-Stankevich of Westminster College, Rich Kendell of Southern Utah University, and Stan Albrecht, President of Utah State University.

Taylor Halversen is a senior at Utah State University, majoring in Communication Studies and Liberal Arts. She's from Sandy, Utah and is interested in discovering new and random things to try and attempting to live life wholly and healthily. She loves music and climbing anything from trees to mountains.