In an editorial, the Arizona Republic says Arizona leaders should seek to emulate the "Utah Solution," which it describes as "a humane, rational and business-friendly approach [to immigration reform] that kicks the federal government in the seat of the pants."
Just like Arizona's infamous Senate Bill 1070, Utah's guest-worker law likely will be challenged for encroaching into federal jurisdiction. But unlike Arizona's law, Utah is asking for a waiver to go where Congress fears to tread. It is treating undocumented workers as human beings deserving of compassion, and it is addressing labor needs.
This moves the discussion in a productive direction.
GOP members of Arizona's Senate who bucked their leadership and rejected a series of in-your-face immigration bills last week provided hope that our state may recognize the wisdom of the kind of truly conservative, family and business-friendly approach Utah has taken.
Utah could use a partner in this worthwhile effort.