Check out the matter-of-fact opening paragraph of this LA Times Op-ed piece on illegal immigration reform and how business concerns can shape it:
Conservative Utah has bucked the national GOP trend of embracing hard-line — and arguably inhumane — laws meant to make states inhospitable to illegal immigrants. Two weeks ago, Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed into law a bill that will grant work permits, and a path to legal residence, to undocumented immigrants and their immediate families.
If that sounds suspiciously like a state making its own immigration laws, a responsibility heretofore reserved exclusively for the federal government, you would be correct.
One of the bills signed into law grants two-year work permits to illegal immigrants who reside in Utah provided they do not have a criminal record.
A second piece of legislation establishes an adopt-an-illegal program whereby a person can sponsor up to two people or an entire family.
So what is the response of the Justice Department and that miserable hack that runs it to this blatant usurping of the federal government's authority? They have issued a vague statement saying they are "monitoring" the situation.
Now, if you are keeping score at home, we have Arizona which enacts a law enforcing federal immigration laws. The result: They are immediately sued by the Justice Department. And in Utah, they start establishing their own legal residency and immigration requirements over and above federal law. The result: "monitoring".
For years now, we've been saying that it was not possible to negotiate in good faith towards any sort of illegal immigration reform because the other side was not serious about enforcing the border. With a state deciding to make up immigration laws on their own and, so far, getting away with it, the other side isn't even serious about enforcing federal law let alone the border. Add yet another example that only further cements our conviction.