May 10, 2011

Immigration Politics: Utah Immigration Law Is Blocked -

Utah Immigration Law Is Blocked - "A federal judge in Utah on Thursday temporarily barred a state law to curb illegal immigration from taking effect, saying he wanted to give both sides in a lawsuit more time to prepare their arguments.

The decision by the judge, Clark Waddoups of Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, held up a law passed by the Utah Legislature in March that gave new powers to the state and local police to question people they detained about immigration status.

In a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups claimed the law, a variation on one passed last year in Arizona, would interfere with federal immigration law and lead to racial profiling. The judge did not rule on the law, but set a hearing for July 14."

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