The Obama administration’s lawsuit against Arizona over its tough law cracking on illegal immigration won’t deter state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, who says he is “full steam ahead” in sponsoring a Utah version of the Arizona law.
“I actually think the more states that pass legislation and get involved in the lawsuit, the better it’s going to be for defraying costs and fighting the federal government,” said Sandstrom, R-Orem.
Sandstrom said he also wants to join other legislators in filing a brief supporting the legality of the Arizona law and based on his discussions with Arizona lawmakers, he is confident the courts will uphold the state law.
“They’re pretty confident this whole thing is going to be in and out of court pretty quick and they’re going to be victorious,” he said.
Sandstrom is planning on introducing a Utah version of the Arizona law, which requires police officers to ask about the immigration status of anyone stopped or detained for a suspected violation if the officer suspects the individual might be in the country illegally.
Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank says the lawsuit sends a very strong message that enforcement of illegal immigration is not something states should be handling.