(KCPW News) The Attorney General's Office will meet with representatives from a group considering suing the state over Senate Bill 81, a sweeping immigration overhaul set to go into effect tomorrow. Scott Reed from the AG's office says the meeting could take place this afternoon. But he says it should have happened much earlier.
"I guess my objection is: Where have these guys been for 16 months? So that, you know, we could come and have a meeting on June 30th and say, ‘Oh this is a bad deal. We can't deal with this. We're going to have to sue you. Would you stipulate to an injunction?' I think the answer's got to be, ‘I don't think so. You let the judge decide,'" he told KCPW.
Reed says he expects the group to request an injunction to delay the implementation of SB 81 until the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decides the fate of a similar Oklahoma law, or until the group's specific concerns are addressed. Reed says such a request would have been easier to accept before the eve of the new law's implementation. But by now, state agencies have already invested time and money on new programs and policies to comply with the new law. Reed says fighting an injunction would be costly.
"It's costly, it's time consuming, and frankly not something that everybody enjoys doing, but I'm not sure that we aren't painted into that corner right now, since we are on the eve of implementation," he said.
Reed says the meeting will be with a group of immigration lawyers on behalf of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Utah Chapter President Roger Tsai told KCPW he did not know if or when a lawsuit would be filed. He said the lawyers in question are representing themselves, not the association.