14 countries file an appeal in U.S. Federal court to reject HB 497 in Utah!
A federal judge has temporarily blocked the entry into force of Bill 497, which authorizes police legal status of detainees
Mexico and 13 Latin American countries filed in federal court a resource to support the demand of the Department of Justice United States against a controversial immigration law enacted this year in Utah.
In the appeal, such as “amicus curiae” (friend of the Court), Mexico and the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, argue that the state law “threatens civil and human rights” of immigrants.
The Immigration Control Act of Utah “contributes dangerously to a patchwork of laws that impede effective and consistent diplomatic relations,” said the motion filed by attorneys representing the 14 nations.
“Through HB 497, Utah interferes directly with the Department of State United States in its ability to conduct foreign affairs and politics,” the resource.
Similar to SB 1070 in Arizona, “even before the entry into force, HB 497 is already straining relations with Mexico,” states the motion.
Mexico is concerned about the adverse impact of initiatives such as the HB 497 may have on “the breadth and scope of our bilateral relationship (with the U.S.,” he explains.
The law, enacted in March, faces a lawsuit by the Department of Justice and human rights organizations, arguing that the statute is unconstitutional.
A federal judge has temporarily blocked the entry into force of the HB 497, which authorizes that state police can investigate the citizenship or legal status of those arrested for a crime.
Federal Judge Clark Waddoups is scheduled for February 17 hearing to review the law and decide whether your application is authorized or blocked permanently.
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