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December 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

Guardian Quotes Morgan on Immigration Law in Utah

Dr. Charlie Morgan, Assistant Professor of Sociology, was quoted in a Guardian article on “Immigration Provisions Rolled Back in Utah.”

Charlie Morgan

Dr. Charlie Morgan

Some of the key provisions of the immigration law that the state of Utah put in place in 2011 giving police powers to arrest people on suspicion of being in the country illegally were rolled back according to a civil liberties group. Under the settlement, law enforcement officers will no longer be allowed to stop people primarily to check their legal status, detain them, or take them to federal immigration authorities. Jennifer Chang Newell, an official of ACLU, said that this settlement will deter other states from doing stopping people on suspicion of being in the country illegally….

Charlie Morgan, a professor at Ohio University, carried out a study that showed that 6 to 9 percent of inmates in Utah’s state jails were illegal immigrants. The report indicated that the Utah spends at least $53 million every year handling activities related to crimes committed by illegal immigrants. Some residents fear that rolling back some of the provisions giving law enforcement the power to inquire into the immigration status of detainees in Utah is likely to cause a spike in crimes committed by undocumented immigrants.

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