A federal judge will hear arguments today whether Utah's enforcement-only immigration bill should be enforced or be set aside because civil rights groups believe it violates the U.S. Constitution.
The law, HB497, is slated to take effect at midnight meaning it will be enforceable for as long as there is no ruling on the case. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center had attempted to reach an agreement with Attorney General Mark Shurtleff on Monday to delay the law's start until after the court hearing, but those talks were unsuccessful.
Sponsored by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, HB497 is modeled after Arizona's law that sought to require local police to check legal status of those suspected of committing crimes. Several portions of that law were thrown out by a federal judge as being unconstitutional.