Utah lawmakers to draft immigration bill similar to Arizona’s

The political and legal fallout now plaguing Arizona after that state’s passage of one of the nation’s toughest new immigration laws could soon be headed for Utah.

Arizona’s SB1070, signed into law Friday by Gov. Jan Brewer, calls for, in part, all local law enforcement officers to ask for immigration status documents “whenever there is reasonable suspicion that the person is unlawfully present.”

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, told the Deseret News Monday he’s started work on drafting a bill for the 2011 Utah legislative session that uses the Arizona statute as a model — a move he said is necessary to stanch the flow of illegal immigrants into the Beehive State.

“It is imperative that we pass similar legislation here in Utah,” Sandstrom said. “In the past, when we’ve seen tougher legislation in Arizona … a lot of illegal immigrants just move here.”

While critics of the bill say it will lead to racial profiling and likely makes inroads into rights protected under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Sandstrom said it’s no different from enforcement policy local police officers already use.
Story continues below

“If you get pulled over for driving intoxicated, what’s the first thing the officer asks for?” Sandstrom said. “Your ID, right? This is the same thing, the same work police officers are already doing … asking for documentation that relates to probable cause.”


Comments

Utah lawmakers to draft immigration bill similar to Arizona’s — 4 Comments

  1. Those of you passing all these bills against the Mexicans have forgotten in history, white people have come here illegally themselves, first you were in against blacks then now Mexicans, with out these people you would not have your groceries in the store or on the dinner table, Yes there are bad mexicans and there are good Mexicans, you white people are pregidous against the hispanics, Most of your Indian population originated from Mexico, Are you going to kick them out too?

    You white people should look back into your History and see where your heritage is from. I am appolled at this new immigration Laws out of Arizona and now they want pass this Law in Utah. As Said before you white people came to this country lligaly. What happened to coming to this country for freedom and prosperity that has gone away with this sheriff in Arizona and the Politicians.

    Our Indian population did not originate from Mexico.

    The new Arizona is not against mexicans, it’s against illegals no matter where they are from.

  2. Arizona lawmakers have approved changes to the state’s controversial law cracking down on illegal immigrants. The changes were designed to answer charges made by protesters that it will lead to racial profiling by police. The original law stated police can conduct an immigration status check during any quote “lawful contact,” if they have reasonable suspicion a person is an illegal immigrant. It replaces “lawful contact” with “lawful stop, detention or arrest,” clarifying police may not stop people without cause. The revised law also removes the word “solely” from the phrase “The attorney general or county attorney shall not investigate complaints that are based solely on race, color or national origin.” Read the new Arizona Immigration Law

  3. OH shut up already that we’re all immigrants! That is getting old. WE didn’t breed like cockroaches like The Mexicana Putas do!

  4. Those of you passing all these bills against the Mexicans have forgotten in history, white people have come here illegally themselves, first you were in against blacks then now Mexicans, with out these people you would not have your groceries in the store or on the dinner table, Yes there are bad mexicans and there are good Mexicans, you white people are pregidous against the hispanics, Most of your Indian population originated from Mexico, Are you going to kick them out too?

    You white people should look back into your History and see where your heritage is from. I am appalled at this new immigration Laws out of Arizona and now they want pass this Law in Utah. As Said before you white people came to this country illegally. What happened to coming to this country for freedom and prosperity that has gone away with this sheriff in Arizona and the Politicians.

    Our Indian population did not originate from Mexico.

    The new Arizona is not against mexicans, it’s against illegals no matter where they are from.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *