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NEWS & POLITICS - LatAm nations against HB497

MEXICO CITY – The Mexican government, along with 13 other Latin American countries, presented the Salt Lake City Federal District Court a document stating their concern and opinion of the HB 497 Law on Tuesday.

The HB 497 is similar to SB 1070, or “The Arizona Law,” which was passed in Arizona in 2010. HB 497 would permit police to interrogate any person the police believed to be undocumented as well as to offer temporary permits for undocumented workers.

The Mexican Governments and other Latin American governments submitted the document as a Friend of the Court, or “Amicus Curiae,” to express their concern that the law would violate the human rights of Mexicans and immigrants living in Utah.

The Secretariat of Foreign Affairs (SRE) stated that the action is in support of the claim that the law is unconstitutional. The new law will affect the civil rights of Mexican nationals who live in Utah, as well as Mexicans who come to visit the state, he said.

Along with foreign countries, the bill also faces criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which filed a lawsuit against the law on May 3.

HB 497 did not make it on the books for more than 15 hours before U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups temporarily barred the law from taking effect on May 10. The judge said that he wanted to give both sides time to prepare their arguments. The judge set a hearing date for July 14.

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