Officials from Utah are reportedly trying to stop the federal government from suing it over its recently passed immigration laws.
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff recently met with personnel from the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the second time and Governor Gary Herbert will also speak to DOJ officials when he visits the nation’s capital in a few weeks, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
The Associated Press reports that one of the measures implemented by the laws would allow illegal immigrants to work in the state if they register and pay a fee, although this reportedly would be a violation of federal law.
Shurtleff said that he met with the DOJ to express to them how his state’s laws were different than those of Arizona and to discuss how they might be able to avoid a lawsuit.
“It was positive,” the attorney general told the news source. “We need a way to try and progress this and we are hoping we can do that without litigation.”
The DOJ has been fighting Arizona in court over its immigration reform laws.