The purpose of the Utah State Hispanic Democratic Caucus is to serve as a liaison between members of local, state and federal Democratic elected officials and their Hispanic/Latino constituents. The Caucus will also interact with various Democratic county organizations to assure Hispanic/Latino issues are addressed. In addition the organization will assist Hispanic/Latino candidates and officer holders in their election campaigns as well as other candidates and officer holders who the membership votes to endorse and support.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Concerns over a new immigration law soon to take effect are spilling into Utah churches. Catholic leaders say both illegal and legal Latino churchgoers are so...
Senator Robles urges collaboration on anti-gang activityLast Updated on 2009-08-21 14:10:22by Senator Luz Robles
Senate Minority Caucus Manager
I was very pleased with the positive response yesterday from the Judiciary, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee members with regards to my presentation on my proposed resolution for the State Legislature to act on an interagency coordination of Gang Activity. Last year I introduced SJR 21, and due to the lack of time, there was no vote in the House of Representatives. At today’s interim committee meeting, I asked for the Gang Task Force headed by CCJJ and Salt Lake District Attorney Lohra Miller as well as the co-chair of the Gang Reduction Project from Salt Lake City (Leticia Medina) to present on the efforts taking place at their respective groups. It was refreshing to hear how when we all come together, we can be more proactive in finding aggressive solutions to serious problems.
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President nominates Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme CourtLast Updated on 2009-05-26 10:20:08WASHINGTON — President Obama announced on Tuesday that he will nominate the federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, choosing a daughter of Puerto Rican parents raised in Bronx public housing projects to become the nation’s first Hispanic justice.
Judge Sotomayor, who stood next to the president during the announcement, was described by Mr. Obama as “an inspiring woman who I am confident will make a great justice.”
The president said he had made his decision after “deep reflection and careful deliberation,” and he made it clear that the judge’s inspiring personal story was crucial in his decision. Mr. Obama praised his choice as someone possessing “a rigorous intellect, a mastery of the law.”
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UHP won't cross-deputize troopers for immigration lawlLast Updated on 2009-04-16 11:24:41SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Highway Patrol does not want to take advantage of a program to cross-deputize troopers as immigration agents.
The UHP has joined a growing line of departments that want nothing to do with a controversial part of a new immigration bill, SB81.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Department of Public Safety Director Lance Davenport says the decision is mostly about money. He says if the Legislature wants troopers to become immigration agents, they need more resources. State budge cuts already have forced them to have fewer troopers.
Davenport also told a Latino town hall meeting Wednesday night he's mainly concerned about traffic safety and making sure everyone feels safe in Utah, including immigrants.
The highway patrol is one of the largest police agencies in Utah.
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Immigration law has Utah church leaders concernedLast Updated on 2009-04-08 12:17:56SALT LAKE CITY -- Concerns over a new immigration law soon to take effect are spilling into Utah churches. Catholic leaders say both illegal and legal Latino churchgoers are so concerned, they are considering moving out of the state.
Last year, state lawmakers passed Senate Bill 81 in an effort to get tough on illegal immigrants. The law goes into effect July 1. Father Martin Diaz of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Midvale says some Latino families are moving out of state; others are living in fear.
"[There are] a lot of questions: What does it mean? When is it going into effect? Do we need to be afraid?" Father Diaz said. "The perception is that a traffic stop could lead to deportation."
As it's written, Senate Bill 81 will make it difficult for illegal immigrants to get a job or utilize government services, and local police are supposed to help enforce it.
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