Critics say Utah immigration law unconstitutional

Friday , February 15, 2013 - 2:27 PM

Brady McCombs

SALT LAKE CITY — Critics of Utah’s immigration enforcement law say last summer’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a similar law in Arizona shows that Utah’s measure is unconstitutional.

Attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice and National Immigration Law Center made the argument during a hearing Friday before U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups.

Utah state attorneys countered that the key provisions in the state’s law are “night and day” different than Arizona’s measures that were blocked by the Supreme Court. They say Utah’s law should be allowed to go into effect.

It was passed in 2011 but has been shelved since as the court reviews it.

Friday’s hour oral arguments were the first hearing on the law since February 2012. Waddoups was waiting until after the Supreme Court weighed in on Arizona’s law.

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