An Observation about the DOJ Suit Against Utah’s Immigration Law

Over at ImmigrationProf blog, Kevin Johnson notes the following from the DOJ’s press release concerning the filing:

the law’s mandates on law enforcement could lead to harassment and detention of foreign visitors and legal immigrants who are in the process of having their immigration status reviewed in federal proceedings and whom the federal government has permitted to stay in this country while such proceedings are pending.

Pish posh.  Where do such fantasies come from.

Such a thing would never happen.

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  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Such a thing would never happen.

    To white people.

  2. @OzarkHillbilly: Actually, as per the link, it has happened (and to a white person).

  3. A voice from another precinct says:

    Yes, but it was a foreign and German white person. Not the same as Ozark is talking about at all.

  4. Trumwill says:

    Before we get too down on Utah’s efforts, it’s worth pointing out that they – one of the most conservative states in the country – tried to come up with a good faith solution to balance enforcement with a sort of legal status. Both are of uncertain constitutionality, but they nonetheless do deserve better than being treated as foreigner-haters as some might be inclined to do.