A federal judge has blocked Utah's new immigration law, citing its similarity to Arizona's 2010 law that has also been blocked.
The new law would have given police the ability to check the immigration status of anyone they arrest. It went into effect today, and was blocked by U.S. District Clark Waddoups at a hearing later in the day.
Utah modeled its law after the Arizona immigration law of 2010 (SB1070) that may head to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Utah's law took effect today after civil and immigration rights activists failed to get state officials to agree to delay enforcement.