Utah travel restrictions have been in place for years, but they may have to be lifted soon if the state approves an ambitious plan to bring back the “tent city” mode.
Utah Department of Transportation spokesman Steve Haggstrom told Utahns the agency will be moving to “tents” starting this week, but the actual process will take several months.
“The tents will be phased in to get everyone through the phases of transition,” he said.
“We’re trying to be as efficient as possible so we’re able to get to people as quickly as possible.
The tent city process will start this week.”
Utah has the world’s most restrictive immigration laws, and the idea of a new mode of travel is one of the most divisive political issues in the state.
“It’s very important for us to get people to the border,” Haggs said.
Hagg’s comment comes after a number of other states are also looking to bring in the new mode.
The Tent City proposal is being spearheaded by Republican state Sen. Matt Womack, who also serves on the state Senate’s transportation committee.
Womak said Utah would bring in a $1 billion tent city plan if it’s approved.
The state is already in the process of setting up a $15 billion construction plan.
Utah’s plan would put tents in all but three Utah counties, including Logan, which has about 1.3 million people.
The new state law also allows for some immigration reform, including an overhaul of the criminal justice system.
The bill also requires businesses to give workers the right to bring legal status with them.