Utah immigration law lasts 14 hours.

May 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

That’s all time a federal judge needed to block the law, which would have allowed police to check the citizenship of anyone arrested. US District Judge Clark Waddoups, who made his decision in Salt Lake City, cited concerns about the law’s similarities to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070, now in the hands of the US Supreme Court. In his ruling, Waddoups said there is sufficient evidence that at least some portions of the law will be found unconstitutional. The ACLU and National Immigration Law Center last week sued to stop the implementation of House Bill 497, saying it could lead to racial profiling. Utah Assistant AG Jerrold Jensen said the ruling was “not a surprise.” Jensen said after the hearing that the law is “fully constitutional” and that his office plans to “argue it vigorously.” Utah’s law is significantly different from Arizona’s because it doesn’t allow police to check the status of every person they encounter, Jensen said. (fox excerpts)


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