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The Obama administration has also sued Alabama, Arizona and South Carolina.
The lawsuit, filed late today, says federal law pre-empts three provisions of Utah House Bill 497: police verification of the legal status of people they arrest; arresting suspected illegal immigrants without a warrant; and making it illegal to harbor undocumented immigrants. The state Legislature passed the bill earlier this year.
“A patchwork of immigration laws is not the answer and will only create further problems in our immigration system,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news release. “The federal government is the chief enforcer of immigration laws and while we appreciate cooperation from states, which remains important, it is clearly unconstitutional for a state to set its own immigration policy.”
Courts have blocked key parts of immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and Indiana, and have temporarily halted enforcement of Utah’s law.