9:46 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Immigration

The Utah Foundation's Utah Priorities Project is looking at the top issues identified by voters in this campaign.
Utah Foundation

The non-partisan Utah Foundation surveys voters every election cycle to find out what issues concern them most.  It's called the Utah Priorities Project, and KUER is presenting a series of programs examining these issues with the help of Foundation researchers.

Talk to the candidates and they'll have a list of issues that they say their constituents respond to.  But Utah Foundation President Steve Kroes says the Utah Priorities Project lets voters set their own agenda.

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KUER Local News
12:02 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

KUER News Pod: Wednesday August 29, 2012

Republican Congressional candidate Mia Love speaks at the Republican National Convention, her opponent Congressman Jim Matheson makes a speech of his own in Salt Lake, and Immigrant advocacy groups are holding deferred action status workshops around the state.

Business & Labor
9:43 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Amid Excitement and Uncertainty, Immigrants Apply for Deferred Action Status

Attorney Mark Alvarez leads an information session on deferred action status at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.
Andrea Smardon

A federal rule change went into effect this month allowing immigrants who arrived in the US as children to stay in the country and work legally for two years.   Immigrant advocacy groups are holding workshops all over the state to help people through the application process.

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10:13 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Utah’s Immigration Law Still in Limbo After Supreme Court Decision

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff at the Capitol Monday.
Dan Bammes

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on Arizona’s immigration law, but the implementation of Utah’s similar “show me your papers” legislation - HB 497 -  is still awaiting a federal court decision.  The law gives police officers authority to check suspects’ immigration status, but immigrant advocates say the US District Court in Utah needs to consider racial profiling arguments that were not heard by the Supreme Court.

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Business & Labor
5:00 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Policy Change Keeps Dream Alive for Young Immigrants

Jorge Ibanez waits with daughter Emma to hear President Barack Obama announce his immigration policy change at the Centro Civico Mexicano.
Andrea Smardon

Utah immigrants responded with tears today after the announcement from President Barack Obama that undocumented youth would not be deported and would be given work authorizations. 

Brian Gutierrez works with the Salt Lake Dream team for the passage of the DREAM Act - proposed federal legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who arrived as children. While Obama’s executive order does not provide citizenship, Gutierrez says it’s a victory for immigrants.

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