Immigration is a major topic in Utah and other state legislatures

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August 15, 2011

Utah

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah: During the last legislative session, Utah passed House Bill 497, the illegal immigration enforcement act. This law is similar to the famously controversial Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which requires that law enforcement officers check the immigration status of people they stop and believe could be illegal immigrants. HB 497 was sponsored by Senator Margaret Dayton and Representative Stephen Sandstrom.[1]

Utah was not alone in passing a similar law to Arizona's. Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and South Carolina followed in Arizona's footsteps as well. All five of these laws have been challenged in federal court, citing violations of both the 4th and 14th amendments.[1]

A total of 1,592 various immigration bills were introduced in the 2011 state legislative sessions which ended on June 30. In Utah, 13 such bills were introduced.[1]

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