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Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:37 PM

Utah agrees to drop parts of disputed 2011 immigration law

Source: Reuters

Utah agrees to drop parts of disputed 2011 immigration law

Wed Nov 26, 2014 5:28am EST

(Reuters) - Utah has agreed to roll back key provisions of a 2011 state law allowing police to check the immigration status of anyone suspected of being undocumented, a civil liberties group said on Tuesday.

As part of a deal settling a legal challenge to the law, the state agreed police will not be allowed to detain or stop a person merely to check immigration status or to transport him or her to federal officials based on officers' suspicions, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a statement.

"Utah's decision to settle this case sends a clear message to states and cities across the country that they have no business stopping or detaining people just because of suspicions about their immigration status," said Jennifer Chang Newell of the ACLU, which was a party to the agreement

The ACLU argued in a 2011 lawsuit that the law illegally interfered with federal authority over immigration matters and authorized unreasonable seizures and arrests.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/26/us-usa-immigration-utah-idUSKCN0JA0UG20141126

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