Utah Immigration Law Gets Hearing on First Day

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A federal judge will consider Tuesday whether to block a new Utah state immigration law, which allows law enforcement officials to check the citizenship status of anyone they arrest.

House Bill 497 went into effect Tuesday even though civil rights attorneys spent much of Monday trying to convince state officials to delay it.

Critics say it's modeled after a recent Arizona immigration law and could lead to racial profiling.

For now, police chiefs and county sheriffs in Utah said very little will change as to how they handle immigration laws.

"We're not going to be knocking on doors or rounding up people in the parks," Washington County Sheriff Cory Pulsipher said.

"The people we're coming in contact with are already engaged in other criminal behavior," he said. 

The governor of Arizona has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that put parts of that new Arizona law on hold.

The blocked provisions of the law include one section requiring immigrants to carry registration papers. Another allows police to question the immigration status of those they suspect to be illegal aliens.

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