Judge blocks enforcement of Utah immigration law
View of the border fence separating Mexico from the U.S. in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, taken on July 30, 2010.
May 11th, 2011
10:03 AM ET
11 years ago

Judge blocks enforcement of Utah immigration law

(CNN) - Less than 24 hours after going into effect, a Utah federal judge blocked a strict state immigration enforcement law Tuesday afternoon.

U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups issued a temporary restraining order, granting the request by a long list of plaintiffs, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center, after a short hearing.


Filed under: Immigration • Utah
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. ConservaFASCISTS

    These governors are overstepping their boundaries. This is a matter for the federal government. All of these immigration bills from Arizona to Utah are clearly discriminatory.

    May 11, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Can anyone give a logical explanation as to why the conservative mindset wants to abandon the immigrant voting demographic? There has got to be a profit in there somewhere, and cannot see one.

    May 11, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Doug

    Its funny, the lib keeps crying in the other thread "how can illegals vote"?

    Well, how can dead people vote? Democrats have been getting dead votes for decades (Daily-lib Chicago Obama land socialist scum), illegals are just a part of their fraud. Time after time there are more votes in the ultra blue areas than there are residents.

    May 11, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  4. gt

    its a shame the states have to do the feds job....protect the citizens lives and property.....but that is the norm...

    May 11, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Can anyone give a logical explanation as to why the conservative mindset wants to abandon the immigrant voting demographic? There has got to be a profit in there somewhere, and cannot see one.
    The LEGAL IMMIGRANT voting demographic is actively sough after by Conservatives.

    The ILLEGAL ALIEN voting demograhic is actively sought after by the Democrats.

    What is it about the liberal mindset that cannot understand the difference between LEGAL and ILLEGAL immigration to this country? Must be our horrendous liberal, union controlled public school systems.

    May 11, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    I am very much in favor of some sort of immigration reform, but I really have NO problem with showing a photo ID when I go vote. When we have elections on my job we have to show our ID or number to prove it's us so what is the problem with it? The GOP has always been accusing Dems of voter fraud blaiming ACORN and others that recruit in lower income areas. If these voters were GOP voters you would bet the GOP would have NO problem whatsoever with it. Crybabies for sure they are!

    May 11, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Riiiiiight. What is it about understanding that what you do towards illegal immigrants is being judged by legal immigrants?

    May 11, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. rs

    What is missed in Utah's new border law is that it is no where near Mexico. They must be trying to keep their crazy Arizona kin out!

    In all seriousness, when are the anti-American Republican/Tea Party people going to get it through their thick skulls that states can't enact foreign policy? Immigration law and immigration enforcement are federal activities. Why can't the party that claims to love and honor the Constitution so much fail to read and understand it-even at the most basic levels? This is nothing more than strawman politics. There have NEVER been as many Border Patrol Agents and members of the National Guard on the border with Mexico than today. The fences have never been longer, yet the right continues to spew lies, and anti-Hispanic hate.

    Republicans were for immigration reform before they were against it. As is so often the case today-once the President announces an initiative- one often filled with previously Republican supported policies and ideas, the Republican Tea Party recoils, and announces "No". They have done this with Health Care, Cap and Trade, and now Immigration. Do Republicans actually stand for anything other than "No"?

    The Utah law, and the Arizona one (SB 1070) that it is based upon is nothing more than pre-election fear mongering. Don't get fooled again.

    May 11, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    I hope that people realize that we are trying to "reform" the immigration laws and policies laid down by conservatives over the past 2 decades to attract the so called "cheap labor" from the south of our border in an effort to break certain types of unions that work in public sector; i.e., housekeeping and maintenance workers in public hospitals that they wanted to privatize.

    For example, prior to 9/11 you could freely travel between US and Canada by showing a picture ID, but to travel between US and Mexico you still needed a passport. Guess which party pushed for and was able to relax the rules for Mexico?

    May 11, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  10. Anthony

    I see nothing wrong with the police doing a valid background check on anyone when a crime is involved. Checking a person's background when he/she commits a crime makes sense to me. if they commit a crime and are here illegally they should be deported. If you want to come here and live here come legally.

    May 11, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. fernace

    What I'm seeing in these "immigrant bills" is states becoming "police states." I'm also seeing more government intrusion not less, as the repulicans always claim as their platform. Why should we have to show documentation that we are Americans traveling in our own country?! Just on the outside chance that someone is an illegal alien! That is Not protecting citizens, it's intrusion! It's martial law tactics. Would'nt it be better to stop rolling out the red carpet for illegals, which I've personally witnessed?! I was trying to get some help from an agency due to unemployment,which seemed almost impossible, but the illegal "refugees" were showered with help. They got an interpreter, temporary "emergency" housing, schooling, healthcare & foodstamps! If this is how we treat illegals, no wonder they want to stay here! Don't punish all for what is caused by few.

    May 11, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |