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Utah Legislators Seek Hold on New Immigration Bill

El Diario La Prensa, Posted: Dec 24, 2008

A Utah legislative committee composed of seven state senators and four state representatives is seeking to appeal SB08-81, a proposed immigration bill, reports El Diario La Prensa. If implemented, the bill will remove access to public services and benefits for those who cannot prove "lawful presence. Tony Yapi, director of Proyecto Latino de Utah, an advocacy group, told the committee at a recent open meeting, said the bill may result in police and public officials acting as immigration agents. "Almost every week, immigrants come to my office telling me they were victims of discrimination and abused by police or government employees. If this is adopted, such cases will increase, " he asserted.

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