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Utah settles immigration lawsuit over ‘show me your papers’ law

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Nov 25, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-26 00:44:17-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Attorney General's Office and the ACLU have settled a lawsuit over a strict immigration law passed by the state legislature.

The settlement, announced on Tuesday, strikes key provisions of Utah's law -- including prohibiting police officers from primarily stopping and asking someone's immigration status.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes' office filed the settlement in federal court on Tuesday, asking a judge to approve it.

Read the proposed settlement here:

"After three long years, it's finally clear in Utah that treating people differently based on the way they look or whether they have an accent is just plain wrong," Archie Archuleta, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, said in a statement Tuesday. "Today is a great day for Utahns, no matter where they were born."

In 2011, the Utah State Legislature passed HB 497, which critics dubbed the "show me your papers" law. The Utah Coalition of La Raza and other Latino rights groups sued over it, claiming it violated the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure.