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Utah’s Republican AG Disowns Hate Group Behind Arizona And Alabama Immigration Laws

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R) says he doesn’t want help from the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), the anti-immigrant group whose attorneys include the architect of Alabama and Arizona’s tough immigration laws, Kris Kobach. IRLI filed a fried of the court brief supporting Shurtleff in defending Utah’s somewhat more moderate immigration law last week. But the Republican AG has said Friday, “We do not need the amicus support of IRLI,” adding that their help could even be “harmful.” “It should be clear that they do not represent the state nor any public official,” Shurtleff said. He said he’s afraid the IRLI’s help “plays into the false notion that our law is as bad as every other state’s law.” The Southern Poverty Law Center lists IRLI as a “nativist hate group.”

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