Man settles immigration lawsuit against Salt Lake County, awarded $75,000

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SALT LAKE CITY – A man who claimed Salt Lake County Jail officials held him illegally to investigate his immigration status has settled a civil rights lawsuit against the county and Sheriff Jim Winder.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah represented Enrique Uroza who said the Salt Lake County Metro Jail and the federal government held him for 46 days after he posted bail back in 2011.

Uroza was a 22-year-old student at Weber State University at that time, according to the ACLU of Utah.

In June 2011, he was accused of forgery and theft.

The ACLU of Utah said the court set bail at $5,000, Uroza was taken into custody and his bond was paid 10 minutes later.

Yet Uroza was not released for over a month.

As part of Monday’s settlement, Salt Lake County has agreed stop using the “SB81 procedure.”

In that procedure, if jail officials suspect the detainee could be an undocumented immigrant, the person in question would not be released for 48 hours.

County officials conceded that procedure was unconstitutional when used against Uroza.

Uroza was awarded $75,000 in damages in the settlement.

Sheriff Winder is expected to respond to the settlement Monday afternoon.


  • Bob

    I’m all for throwing illegals out of the country, but the idea that they can hold you without bond until you prove you’re LEGAL is a wee bit disturbing. I’m grudgingly on the ACLU’s side on this one.

    But I do hope we deported the guy anyway.

      • Bob

        I’m one of at least 4 or 5 Bobs, and the number is growing daily. I WAS Mosquito until you decided you could silence my opinions by using my name. Loser.

        But now…..just another Bob. The beauty of everyone being Bob is that it becomes all about the comments and not the individuals making them, which is how it should be.

        Everyone! BE BOB!!! The haters won’t know what to do.

    • dave

      the purpose of the comment board is to get the opinions of people about the subject. as far as attaching a name to a comment… well some people have really broken opinions about things. some people dont even believe the things they write. its good to know who those people are so filtering through the broken people is a fast proses, so we can move on to the opinions of those who are less likely to be confused about reality.

  • Whack

    This story fails to answer the question of whether he was legal or illegal. If he was an illegal or undocumented citizen in our country, then technically he has no constitutional rights, no? I don’t think it would take a month and a half to verify whether someone is a legal resident alien or a citizen of the United States. I’m quite possibly unaware of some bs law or provision that allows anything other than humanitarian rights for someone who has committed a crime and is in this country illegally. And btw, really classy comments here. If any of you are educated, you did a fantastic job of hiding it.

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