Sunday, June 12, 2011

Foreign countries line up to oppose Utah immigration law

More than a dozen Latin American countries have filed legal briefs in federal court arguing Utah’s enforcement-only immigration law will damage international relationships and urging the judge to rule it unconstitutional.

And on Tuesday, the Utah Attorney General’s Office asked for and was granted a 30-day extension in which to respond to the lawsuit, filed on behalf of several plaintiffs by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center.

The 21-page, friend-of-the-court brief was filed June 2 and argues HB497 “substantially and inappropriately burdens the consistent sovereign-to-sovereign relations between Mexico and the United States of America, interfering with the strategic diplomatic interests of the two countries and encouraging an imminent threat of state-sanctioned bias or discrimination.”

Mexico is the lead country on the brief but was joined by Argentina, Peru, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Brazil...[Full Article]