ACLU OF UTAH URGES GOVERNOR HERBERT TO VETO IMMIGRATION BILLS HB 497 AND HB 116

GOVERNOR SHOULD REJECT SUPPORTERS’ FALSE CLAIM THAT THE BILLS PRESENT COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO IMMIGRATION REFORM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org SALT LAKE CITY—The ACLU of Utah urges Governor Herbert to veto HB 497 (Immigration Enforcement) and HB 116 (Guest Worker Program), which recently passed the Utah State Legislature. These bills are contrary both to federal immigration laws and to the principles set forth in the Utah Compact. “These bills have been pitched as a ‘kinder, gentler’ version of Arizona’s discriminatory law,” said ACLU of Utah Executive Director Karen McCreary. “In reality, however, HB 497, Utah’s proposed enforcement law, is no different in that it would encourage racial profiling and could actually hinder local law enforcement’s ability to enforce the laws of this state.” McCreary continued, “And, while HB 116 would supposedly allow undocumented workers to work in Utah under certain circumstances, it—like HB 497—directly contradicts federal immigration law and would likely be found unconstitutional if challenged.” If Governor Herbert does not veto HB 497 and HB 116, Utah will be faced with at least the following legal and policy problems: