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Civil Rights Coalition in Court Friday to Challenge Utah’s Anti-Immigrant Law Press Conference To Take Place After Hearing

12 February 2013 Published in Newsroom

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Attorneys from the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Utah will ask a federal judge on Friday to continue to block the state’s anti-immigrant law.

The hearing will be held regarding a motion for preliminary injunction that charges that the law, HB 497, is unconstitutional. On May 10, 2011, the federal district court issued a temporary restraining order that prevented the law from taking effect that day. Following a hearing last February, the court determined that the temporary restraining order should remain in place until the court has had time to consider how the outcome of Arizona v. United States, would affect Utah’s law. The court will hear arguments on the impact of the Supreme Court decision on Utah’s law on Friday.

The civil rights coalition will argue Friday that the court should continue to block the law pending a final ruling about its constitutionality. The U.S. Department of Justice, which has also filed a lawsuit against the law, will also present arguments on Friday.

WHAT: Federal court hearing where NILC, ACLU, and ACLU of Utah will seek a preliminary injunction against Utah’s anti-immigrant law, HB 497. Press conference will follow the hearing.

Karen Tumlin, managing attorney at NILC, will present arguments before U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups. 
Jennifer Chang Newell, staff attorney at the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, will present arguments before U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups 
Karen McCreary, executive director, ACLU of Utah
Plaintiffs in UCLR, et. al. v. Herbert, et. al.

WHEN: Court hearing will start at 10:00 a.m. MT on Friday, Feb. 15; press conference will follow immediately after.

WHERE: U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, 350 South Main St., Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101.

The motion for preliminary injunction can be found at:  http://nilc.org/hb497.html.

Other case information may be found at  http://www.acluutah.org/UCLRvHerbert.html.