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KUER 90.1
July 25, 2019

New Deportation Policy Could Put Thousands Of Utah Immigrants At Risk For Speedy Removals
By Rocio Herhandez

Expedited removals are typically seen in states like California, Arizona and Texas, Navarro said. There are an estimated 110,000 undocumented immigrants living in Utah, a 10,000 increase from 2007, according to a June report by the Pew Research Center. But Navarro doesn’t think the new policy will add significant stress to lives of Utah immigrants. “I don’t think it’s possible for them to try to hide any more than they are already hiding or try to avoid committing any more crimes than they already are,” Navarro said. “Anybody who married a citizen within that two-year span or has a green card application pending, I guess those would be the most effective, but other than that it’s not a huge practical difference for most people.” Immigration judges at the West Valley City immigration court have issued 1,382 removal orders this year, more than double the removal order it issued in 2017, according to data from Syracuse University’s TRAC research center.

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