Now Utah Wants the Same Bill as Arizona
Well lookee here folks. Seems that the new illegal immigrant law signed in by Arizona has “inspired” other states to copy it. The excuse they use? It’s to staunch the flow of illegal immigrants from Arizona into Utah. Wow – guess the new law is actually working! Who would’ve thunk? All iIlegals – please head to that liberal-progressive Utopia of California where everyone is welcome – no papers required….
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.
“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.”
That law enforcement inquiry is one that American Civil Liberties Union of Utah director Karen McCreary said is unacceptable.
“This Arizona statute amounts to requiring the carrying of ‘papers,’ ” McCreary said. “We just don’t do that in America.”