Pushing the Boundaries: Utah's New Immigration Law, Part 1 - What is Senate Bill 81?
By Jennifer Napier-Pearce
Salt Lake City, UT – Barring an eleventh-hour legal challenge, a controversial immigration bill becomes law in Utah on July 1. Senate Bill 81 is a wide-ranging effort to crack down on undocumented immigrants at the state level. Those pushing for tougher immigration laws applaud it; local law enforcement, civil liberties advocates and immigrant rights groups say this is meddling in a federal issue. Over the next four days, KUER will explore how SB81 is affecting the state's burgeoning Hispanic community as well as local businesses and churches. We begin our series with a look at the bill's provisions and the political forces behind SB81. KUER's Jennifer Napier-Pearce reports.