Several US states are considering bills that would crack down on illegal immigrants or kick them out, but in Utah it is a different story. Lawmakers there are proposing a pilot plan that would allow illegal immigrants to work in the state with a state-issued work permit. Backers of this legislation, both Democrats and Republicans, believe that this plan could generate millions in revenue for the state.
In order to obtain a work permit, immigrants would be required to undergo criminal back ground checks, take English classes, and pay taxes. They would also be forced to leave the state if they lost their jobs, and those who commit major crimes would be reported to immigration authorities. It is estimated that tax revenues from these workers would generate more than $11 million for Utah within the first six months and $20 million the following year.