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Utah State Hispanic Democratic Caucus

  • UHP won't cross-deputize troopers for... Featured News Article UHP won't cross-deputize troopers for... UHP won't cross-deputize troopers for...

    SALT 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... More »

  • KSL editorial - Scrap Immigration Bill Featured Article KSL editorial - Scrap Immigration Bill KSL editorial - Scrap Immigration Bill

    February 4th, 2009 @ 5:30am Illegal immigration simply isn't the pressing issue it was a year ago when Utah legislators passed a broad anti-immigration measure in the form of... More »

  • House Kills HB 208 Featured Article House Kills HB 208 House Kills HB 208

    Today (February 25, 2009) the Utah House defeated Rep. Richard Greenwood's- (R) Roy - HB 208 "Modification of Exemption from Nonresident Tuition".  This legislation would... More »

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Senator Robles urges collaboration on anti-gang activity Last Updated on 2009-08-21 14:10:22 by 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.  My... More »
Senate Judiciary Committee votes to support Sotomayor's nomination to Supreme Court Last Updated on 2009-07-28 11:27:14 The Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 13 to 6, on Tuesday to endorse the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, easing her path to likely confirmation as the first Hispanic member of the tribunal. Read full story...   More »
President nominates Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court Last Updated on 2009-05-26 10:20:08 WASHINGTON — 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.” Read full story... More »
UHP won't cross-deputize troopers for immigration lawl Last Updated on 2009-04-16 11:24:41 SALT 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. Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank has declined to have his officers cross-deputized.... More »
Immigration law has Utah church leaders concerned Last Updated on 2009-04-08 12:17:56 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 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. Last year, lawmakers passed... More »