Groups File Lawsuit to Block Utah Immigration Law

May 4, 2011

By Associated Press,

SALT LAKE CITY — Immigrant and civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday to try to block a Utah immigration law that they say will create a police state and is too much like one of the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law, which is also before the courts.

The Utah law, signed by Gov. Gary Herbert in March, requires people to prove their citizenship if they’re arrested for a felony or class-A misdemeanor.

Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, said it violates civil rights and other constitutional protections because it could lead to police requiring everyone they pull over to prove their legal presence in the country.

“This is racial profiling and civil rights violations at its worst,” Hincapie said.

The law center and the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Salt Lake City. They’re seeking an immediate injunction against the law, which is set to take effect May 10.

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