The NYT praises the "good intentions" underlying the Utah Compact but editorializes against Utah's new package of immigration laws, arguing that it's the federal government, not the states, that should lead on immigration reform.
Political, business, labor and religious leaders in Utah were widely praised last year for signing the Utah Compact, agreeing to seek practical solutions to the problems of illegal immigration while avoiding the extremist oratory and harsh enforcement schemes that have given its neighbor Arizona such a toxic reputation.
The state has now adopted a series of laws to put those goals into practice. They amount to one state's effort to enact its own comprehensive immigration reform, given Washington’s continuing failure to do so.
We understand the frustration, but going solo on immigration is not a good idea, even with good intentions.