Decision on Utah’s Immigration Law Postponed

We previously reported on our Blog about the Utah immigration law known as House Bill 497. The law allows police to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest.

U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups, who is presiding over the hearing as to the law’s constitutionality, postponed his decision. He wrote in his two page order on February 21, 2012:

“[s]hortly, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision on another immigration-related law from Arizona. Although Arizona’s law is different from Utah’s law in several respects, some aspects are sufficiently similar that the Supreme Court’s ruling likely will inform this court in its decision. Because this case addresses significant constitutional issues, the court does not believe it would be helpful to the parties for the court to rule on the present motions before it receives the additional guidance from the Supreme Court. It therefore will reserve ruling until the Supreme Court has issued its decision.”

We will inform you about further developments on this issue. In the meantime, please check out the latest developments in the Arizona immigration law debate.

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