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Latino Leaders Discuss Immigration Legislation

Latino Leaders Discuss Immigration Legislation

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(KSL News) Utah lawmakers are coming down to the wire. The 2007 session ends this week.

Latino community leaders used the approaching deadline to address immigration issues.

Leaders from several community groups gathered today to discuss anti-immigrant bills and the affect they could have on some 100,000 undocumented Utahns.

One of the immigration bills that would allow local law officers to enforce federal immigration laws passed in the Utah House of Representatives. Lawmakers say federal officials are not cracking down hard enough on illegal immigration. The measure gives police the authority and power needed to do so.

Opponents say immigrants may hesitate to report crimes because of fear of being deported. They worry the bill could lead to racial profiling.

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