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Immigration

Local stories about the issues surrounding the national immigration debate.

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Today was the day that the DACA program, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was set to expire by the Trump administration. That’s the program that protects young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. The decision was put on hold last week after the Supreme Court chose not to review legal arguments about DACA. Again, it leaves the fate of so-called Dreamers in limbo, including several thousand people here in Utah.

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Members of a Salt Lake City church say they’re the first congregation in Utah to offer sanctuary to an immigrant woman and her children who are facing deportation.

Erik Neumann / KUER

There are an estimated 10,500 people with DACA status in Utah. That’s the legal protection for those who came to the U.S. illegally before age 16. President Trump announced plans to end that program in September. On Thursday, Congresswoman Mia Love spoke about legal alternatives that are being proposed. 

Utahns React As DACA Termination Is Announced

Sep 5, 2017
Erik Neumann

The Trump administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, has shocked many in Utah’s immigrant community. 

Whittney Evans

Local Muslim leader Yussuf Abdi returned to Salt Lake City with his family on Sunday. Abdi, who is a U.S. citizen, was stranded in Kenya last week when airport security barred him from boarding his flight back to America.

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Fifth generation dairy farmer Ron Gibson is showing off his farm in West Weber, Utah, on a sunny day in April. It's a 500-acre stretch of land with sweeping views of the still snow-capped Wasatch Mountains, about an hour north of Salt Lake.

LDS Women Protest Deportation At Salt Lake Airport

Apr 6, 2017
Erik Neumann

On Thursday, members of Salt Lake City’s Mormon community gathered at the Salt Lake International Airport over concerns that a local LDS woman was being deported for overstaying her visa.

Erik Neumann

On Wednesday a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens took place at the Utah Capitol building.

Erik Neumann

With anticipation of a possible new travel ban from the Trump Administration, refugee resettlement agencies in Utah are bracing for the worst.  

Whittney Evans

Community leaders on both sides of the aisle came together Tuesday morning to stress the positive impact immigrants have on Utah’s economy. The press conference came hours after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security laid out policies the Trump administration is implementing to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants.

Raids Could Mark A Shift In Immigration Policy

Feb 15, 2017
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Over the past week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE, has carried out a series of raids around the country resulting in hundreds of arrests of non-legal immigrants. None of the operations occurred in Utah, but some say the actions are a sign of how the Trump Administration will implement immigration policy.

Erik Neumann

As President-Elect Donald Trump takes office later this month, many are wondering how his administration might change immigration policy, specifically the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA. It protects children who came to the U.S. illegally before they were 16-years-old. 

Chaffetz Renews Immigration Reform Bills for 2017

Jan 11, 2017
Whittney Evans

Republican Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz introduced two immigration reform bills in the U.S. House this week. 

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A Brigham Young University professor is making a case for how mass deportations increased foreclosure rates during the housing market crash. And he warns of a similar outcome if President Elect Donald Trump makes good on promises to deport millions of illegal immigrants.

Six years ago, a group of community leaders came together to create a document called the Utah Compact, aimed at guiding the contentious debate over immigration reform.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

On Wednesday, more than 130 immigrants became U-S citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Utah State Capitol. Some of them told KUER that it changes the way they feel about the July 4th holiday.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Utah Republican leaders are applauding a Supreme Court split decision which stops President Obama’s executive actions on immigration from going into effect. Meanwhile, thousands of Utah immigrants continue to live in fear of deportation.

Provo City Hosts Refugee Information Night

May 17, 2016
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In response to an increasing desire to help refugees, Provo City is hosting an information night.

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On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether President Obama's 2014 executive actions on immigration are constitutional. Utah business leaders are disappointed that this issue is still not resolved. 

82 Arrested in Utah ICE Operation

Feb 5, 2016
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A Utah ICE operation ending Friday has resulted in the arrest of 82 foreign nationals.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

Immigrant advocates held a demonstration at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Monday. Sightings of federal immigration officials sparked fears that the raids occurring in other parts of the country were coming to Utah.

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Salt Lake City announced Friday that it’s one of 84 communities filing a brief to the US Supreme Court in support of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. This puts Salt Lake in direct opposition to the state of Utah, which joined Texas in the lawsuit to halt the president’s actions.

Brian Grimmett / KUER

After Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, a growing number of governors across the US are opposing efforts to resettle Syrian refugees in their states, but Utah Governor Gary Herbert is taking a more measured approach.

Brian Grimmett

Utah Congresswoman Mia Love spoke to some of the United State’s newest citizens at a naturalization ceremony in South Jordan on Monday. The event helps demonstrate how Love’s feelings about immigration reform sometimes conflict with those in her own party.

Andrea Smardon / KUER

For the first time in its 86-year history, the League of United Latin American Citizens is holding its annual convention in Salt Lake City. The civil rights advocacy organization is expecting 20,000 attendees from Utah and around the country this week.

Twenty-one individuals from 12 countries became naturalized citizens of the United States of America Friday morning at the Freedom Festival in Orem.

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation released a report this week on high-skilled immigrant visas. It comes at a time when the demand for H1-B visas is at a record high, and when Utah’s senior Senator Orrin Hatch has reintroduced a proposal that could more than double the number of these visas available.

While a federal judge has halted President Obama’s immigration actions, Utah immigrant advocates are preparing the community for the day when those actions may move forward again. They’re also writing letters to the Utah Attorney General.

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The president’s executive action temporarily shields certain undocumented immigrants from deportation. The lawsuit filed by more than a dozen states claims that President Obama exceeded his Constitutional

authority by acting without Congressional approval.

Attorney General Reyes said in a statement that, “This lawsuit is not about immigration policy. Whether you agree or disagree with some, all or none of the president’s proposal is not the point. The process is what is being challenged.”

The state of Utah has agreed to scrap key provisions of its controversial immigration enforcement law passed in 2011. The state Attorney General and the American Civil Liberties Union announced the settlement yesterday. Both sides agreed to accept the stipulations of a judge’s split ruling on the law made in June. Under the ruling, police will not be allowed to stop or detain an individual just to verify immigration status. It also eliminates a provision of the law that would have made it a state crime to harbor a person in the country illegally.

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