(KCPW News) After a two-hour debate, the Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act cleared the Utah House of Representatives this morning and will now go to the Senate.
Representative Stephen Sandstrom’s bill requires law enforcement to verify the legal residency of anyone suspected of a class A misdemeanor or felony, if there is reasonable suspicion that person is in the United States illegally.
His bill was amended by another Republican lawmaker to strip out a provision that would allow legal Utah residents to sue law enforcement agencies for not enforcing federal immigration law.
Two Democrats joined Republicans in passing the bill on a 58-to-15 vote. Only one Republican voted “no.”