Department of Justice today challenged Utah’s immigration law, which
comes after recent lawsuits in Arizona, Alabama and South Carolina.
In a complaint, filed in the District of Utah, the department states
that several provisions of Utah’s H.B. 497 are preempted by federal...
"Karen Tumlin, managing attorney with NILC, said
HB497 would be unconstitutional because it would require a person to
wait while local police verified legal status — even after the original
reason for a stop had been resolved by either issuing a citation or not
finding enough evidence...
"Kairi Shepherd was an orphan living in India
when a Utah woman adopted her in 1982 — a seemingly good turn of luck
for the 3-month-old, which included her obtaining legal permanent
resident status in the United States. But when she was 8, her adoptive mother died of
cancer. When she...
"Three sisters who tearfully begged for a chance
to go before a judge to avoid deportation within days were granted
something beyond what they imagined. A yearlong stay in Utah, courtesy of the federal government. Avelar and her two sisters — Laura and Silvia —
were granted a rare...
"Businesses providing immigration consulting services will be required to
register with the state and face fines up to $5,000 for unscrupulous
behavior, as Utah attempts to crack down on identify fraud and predatory
practices that take advantage of immigrants and refugees." - David Montero...
"Jhan Jensen’s fingers barely graze the screen of the iPad. It’s the closest he can get to his 14-month-old daughter. For more than 11 months, these once-a-week video conferences are sources of joy and pain. She has taken her first steps, graduated from baby formula to Cheerios and started...
"Utah’s immigration court has been stretched so thin since Judge Dustin Pead left in August to become a federal magistrate, several local attorneys say their pending cases have been pushed back well into 2014." - David Montero, Salt Lake Tribune, Nov. 18, 2012 .
"Over the course of two hours Friday, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups asked a variation on the same question several times to Utah Assistant Attorney General Phil Lott about the state’s enforcement-only immigration law. "[You] have the same right to do what you’re already doing...