Utah House approves Arizona-style immigration law

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah House has approved an Arizona-style immigration enforcement law after heated debate.Republican Rep. Stephen Sandstrom of Orem says House Bill 70 will discourage illegal immigrants from coming to Utah and reduce crime.The bill passed on a 58-15 vote after more than an hour of debate Friday. It now goes to the Senate.Sandstrom revised the bill after concerns about an estimated cost to local governments of $5 million to $11 million annually.Now, law enforcement has discretion when checking the immigration status of people stopped for class B and C misdemeanors. Felonies and class A misdemeanors would still require a check.Democratic House Minority Leader David Litvack of Salt Lake City says the law would not drive down crime and would pave the way for racial profiling.

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