Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

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, so why do we need this statute?" Waddoups asked. … Lawyers with the Justice Department and the National Immigration Law Center argued it promotes warrantless arrests, creates confusion among police amid a patchwork of criminal classifications across 50 states and endangers legal residents who may unknowingly violate the law by taking an undocumented immigrant child to school. … Waddoups — who ordered the oral arguments as well as a series of briefs in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s enforcement-only law, SB1070 — will now weigh everything and issue a ruling.  He gave no time frame for issuing a ruling.  In the meantime