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State Immigration Laws May Never be Constitutional

Utah legislators passed an immigration law that they were confident wouldn't end up the same way Arizona's version did last year: tangled up in the courts. But 14 hours after Utah's law went into effect this week, it, too, was before a federal judge. As the case goes through the courts, other states grappling with illegal immigration are paying close attention. Georgia is waiting for the governor's signature on a comprehensive immigration bill that includes an enforcement measure very similar to Utah's version. Alabama has one, too, and it is moving close to passage in the Legislature. The halting of Utah's law could give them pause. After all, state lawmakers worked at length with attorneys to try to eliminate constitutional issues a federal judge raised with Arizona's law.

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