Utah Judge Issues Temporary Stay on Utah’s HB 497 Until a Full Hearing Occurs | JLJ Law Group, PLLC | Salt Lake City, Utah

HB 497 was set to go into effect on May 11, 2010. This law would require state and local police the authority to verify the immigration status of a person arrested for a felony or a class A misdemeanor and a person booked for class B or C misdemeanors. It also requires that an officer attempt to verify immigration status for a person detained for a class B or C misdemeanor. However, U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups issued a temporary stay on this bill until a full hearing can take place. The hearing will take place on July 14, 2011 to determine the constitutionality of this bill. Civil-rights groups are arguing that this bill is similar to Arizona’s immigration and is unconstitutional.

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