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Department of Justice Challenges Utah’s Immigration Law

"The 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...

Utah Immigration Law Could Hinge on Fate of Arizona’s

"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...

Utah Woman Faces Deportation After Losing Appeal

"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...

Deferred Action Victory in Utah

"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...

UPIL Victory in Utah: New Consultant Registration Law

"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...

On Father's Day, Visa Laws Block Family Reunification

"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 Backlogged Over One Year

"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 .

Judge Grills State on Purpose of Utah’s Immigration Law

"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...

Utah Immigration Scams Increasing, Prosecutors Say

"Prosecutors not only warned Wednesday that immigration scams are increasing, but launched a drive to persuade victims to come forward to help stop them — promising they need not worry about deportation if they do, and may even obtain a visa for their help. "We’re not going to punish...

Key Provisions of Utah's Anti-Immigrant Law Struck Down

"A federal district court today issued a decision blocking several components of Utah’s HB 497, an Arizona-style anti-immigrant law passed in 2011 that threatened the basic civil rights of all Utahns. In its order, the court blocked key provisions of the law that would have allowed police...

ICE I-9 Audit Leads to $2M Fine Against Utah Luxury Hotel

"Salt Lake City-based Grand America Hotels and Resorts will forfeit nearly $2 million for hiring unauthorized workers, including illegal aliens, according to a non-prosecution agreement signed last week between the company, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah and U.S. Immigration and Customs...

Slammer Time For Utah Immigration Attorney For Alien Smuggling, H-2B Visa Fraud

"James Hector Alcala, age 46, a Salt Lake City attorney, will serve 56 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and alien smuggling and one count of visa fraud. ... Alcala was indicted in July 2009 along with a Salt Lake City law firm, a property...

Utah Supreme Court on Post-Conviction Relief: Meza v. State

Aaron Tarin writes: "Federal immigration law has long condemned immigrants here in Utah for "convictions" that the State of Utah itself does not consider to be "convictions" at all. What's worse, the State took the position that there was no way of challenging these "pleas...

CA10 on Chevron, Aggravated Felony: Rangel-Perez v. Lynch

Rangel-Perez v. Lynch, Mar. 1, 2016 - "Petitioner Fabian Rangel-Perez challenges the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) characterization of his Utah misdemeanor conviction as an “aggravated felony” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (“INA”). ....

Utah Charts Own Course on Refugees - WSJ

MIriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal, Mar. 27, 2016 - "Amid concerns over potential terrorists infiltrating the U.S., Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah has repeatedly pledged to keep the welcome sign hanging for refugees while most of his Republican counterparts want a review or pause in resettlement. After...

Feds drop appeal involving bond for man jailed more than 3 years on immigration hold

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News, Sept. 21, 2016 - "U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have dropped the appeal of a Utah federal judge's decision to grant an individualized bond hearing to a Salt Lake man who had been detained in the Utah County Jail for more than three years on an immigration...

DOJ Settles With Utah Staffing Company Over I-9 Hiring Practices

DOJ, Dec. 13, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today resolving claims that 1st Class Staffing LLC, a staffing company based in Orem, Utah, discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department’s...