SOURCE: Stephen Sandstrom for US Congress

November 23, 2011 13:45 ET

UT Rep. Stephen Sandstrom Who Is Running for U.S. Congress in Utah's 4th District Cites Lack of Courageous Leadership in Response to Justice Department Lawsuit Filed Tuesday

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - Nov 23, 2011) - UT Rep. Stephen Sandstrom who is running for U.S. Congress candidate in Utah's new 4th district stated his disappointment and concern with a lack of leadership in Washington, D.C. upon learning of the U.S. Justice Department's filing on Tuesday against HB 497. The Utah law is one of four immigration bills signed by Governor Herbert last March, and one that Sandstrom had told U.S. Justice he was willing to amend if necessary during Utah's 2012 legislative session.

The Federal decision comes as a disappointment to the bill's sponsor because earlier this fall U.S. Justice Department investigators had indicated to Sandstrom that HB 497 was a reasonable and viable law. "I am amazed the U.S. Department of Justice would file a lawsuit at this time. This bill is nothing more than a measured approach that allows Utah's local and state law enforcement agencies to enforce existing Federal immigration law," acknowledged Sandstrom.

"It is increasingly apparent that the inability of today's Congress to find bipartisan solutions on this critical issue of immigration is paralyzing this nation," said Sandstrom. "I intend to provide courageous leadership and a blend of pragmatic and compassionate decision making to represent Utahns and Americans more effectively in 2012."

During his time in state office, Sandstrom sponsored bills that increased funding and choice for education, upgraded transportation infrastructure, fought identity theft, defended Second Amendment rights, and preserved natural and recreational resources. His legislation also included economic development and prosperity measures. He is prepared to tackle these same issues at the national level through experience and a proven policy track record.

Sandstrom continued, "It's time for elected officials to stop posturing for political gain. Until we start working together to solve our immigration problems, border security, reduce the growing deficit, and balance our budget, we will continue to flounder as a nation."

About Utah Representative Stephen Sandstrom
Utah Representative Stephen Sandstrom favors small government, strong education, and states' rights. A resident of Utah for over 40 years, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Political Science. He believes in promoting growth through lower taxes, which allow hard-working Utah citizens and Americans to retain their hard-earned savings. Compassionate and approachable, Sandstrom is a listener and trusted problem solver. He is well-known in the community as an honest, classic Reagan conservative. He has been married for 21 years to Jennie and has four children.

Sandstrom believes his life experience as a former United States Marine, small business owner, local and state public servant, and a steadfast family member uniquely qualify him to represent the constituents of the 4th District. For more background information, go to Stephen Sandstrom for U.S. Congress.

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