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February 17, 2012

Court Hearing Set for Challenge to Utah Law

"Eight months after Utah's immigration enforcement law was put on hold by a federal judge, attorneys on both sides will have an opportunity on Friday to argue the constitutionality of the measure. The law created by House Bill 497 would have allowed police to check the citizenship of anybody they arrest. It was initially blocked last May by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups, 14 hours after it went into effect," the AP reports.

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Montgomery County, MD, to Join Secure Communities

"Federal immigration officials next week are set to start an illegal immigration enforcement program for Montgomery County and the city of Baltimore," the Washington Post says. "In a notice to officials in Montgomery and Baltimore this week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Secure Communities will be deployed on Wednesday for those two jurisdictions. The notice stressed that jail officials won't have to do anything differently."

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Duo Sentenced in Marriage Fraud

"Two Chicago brothers have been sentenced to federal prison for arranging sham marriages to enable foreign nationals to illegally become U.S. citizens," the AP reported. "Marc Aguja worked at his brother's law office. He was sentenced to 12 months and one day and also must pay a $10,000 fine. The brothers both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud."

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