SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – The Utah Attorney General’s office is arguing in a federal court filing that the state’s immigration enforcement law avoids the constitutional pitfalls feared by opponents. State attorneys say in the filing this week the law should be allowed to take effect so that local police can help federal officers enforce immigration laws. The attorneys say the law doesn’t require people to carry identification at all times or require the detention of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally. The law, passed by the Legislature earlier this year, was put on hold by a federal judge in May after a lawsuit was filed by civil rights groups. A hearing is scheduled for early September.
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