Utah Students March for Immigration Reform

Friday, 04 Mar 2011 11:22 AM

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Utah State University students marched on campus Thursday in support of one immigration reform bill being considered in the state House while opposing a second one to toughen immigration enforcement, the Herald Journal in Logan reported Friday.

utah university immigration rightsUtah lawmakers are considering immigration laws to tighten restrictions on illegal immigrants that include creating a guest worker program for Utah employers who need to hire immigrant labor.

The students support the passage of the bill that would create the guest worker program. However, they oppose another bill called the Utah Illegal Immigration Enforcement Act that would allow local police to check individuals’ immigration status under a “reasonable suspicion.”

Justin Hinh, president of the school’s College Libertarians, led the march of campus groups.

"I don't like it because of those two words (reasonable suspicion)," Hinh told The Herald Journal. "It's pretty much the same thing."

Those two words are not defined in the proposed law.

"What does an illegal immigrant look like?" Hinh said. "I believe this allows for racial profiling. ... What I would have hoped is that ‘reasonable suspicion' means a person fails to give a driver's license or gives a false driver's license."

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