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Utah House Advances Immigration Bill

Utah House Advances Immigration Bill



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(KSL News) Despite opposition from nearly every law enforcement agency in the state, a new immigration bill passed the Utah House.

It would allow local officers to enforce federal immigration laws, because lawmakers say federal authorities aren't cracking down hard enough on illegal immigration.

Most law enforcement agencies say it would deter immigrants from reporting crimes out of fear they could be arrested and deported. There are also fears it will lead to racial profiling.

Bill supporters contend that won't be tolerated and that the measure just gives police the authority they need.

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