The Utah House approved a bill today to allow local law enforcement officers to also perform as immigration agents under certain circumstances.
Lawmakers approved the measure in a 43-30 vote after a 20-minute debate on the House floor. HB105 now heads to the Senate.
Bill Sponsor Rep. Glenn Donnelson told lawmakers an agreement between state police agencies and federal immigration officials is needed before Utah becomes a "magnet state for illegal immigration."
The bill, Donnelson said, has "strong support" from law enforcement officers around the state, even though he couldn't name any group that supported HB105.
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