Immigrant arrests up 40 percent under Trump — but most have no criminal record. Funeral speakers praised Jon Huntsman Sr. for his dedication to family, charity, business and Elvis. Interior Secretary Zinke visits Salt Lake City amid public lands protests.
Happy Monday. When President Donald Trump took office he pledged that his administration would crack down on immigrants involved in gangs, drugs and violence. But while Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have had 40 percent more arrests over the past year, it’s primarily because they’ve been detaining individuals with no criminal record. “If you apply that logic to local police forces, you’re saying that every robber and rapist is the same as a jaywalker,” said a former immigration policy adviser in the Obama administration. [WaPost]
Topping the news: At a Saturday funeral service, Jon Huntsman Sr.’s children and Mormon prophets remembered the Utah philanthropist for his faith, service and love of Elvis. [Trib] [ABC4] [KUTV] [Fox13]
-> U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Salt Lake City on Friday and announced a new wildlife initiative to improve migration corridors. Meanwhile, about 150 people protested outside, focusing on the Trump administration’s reductions to national monuments in Utah. [Trib] [DNews] [ABC4]
-> Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, warned state lawmakers to be cautious of entrapment schemes after an unknown woman approached a senator at a hotel and told him that she was his date for the night. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KSL]
-> According to records, taxpayers paid for the hotel room where state Rep. Jon Stanard allegedly had a tryst with a prostitute. [Trib]
Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Karen Kwan.
In other news: The Legislature passed a bill that would legalize medical marijuana but voted against another bill that would set up the infrastructure to actually allow patients to buy it. [Trib] [DNews]
-> The Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division reported more than 1,800 charges of workplace discrimination in 2017 in addition to 519 counts of employers who allegedly retaliated against employees because of complaints. [Trib]
-> After its first choice was too close to an ancient American Indian burial ground, San Juan County School District is considering a new location to build a desperately needed elementary school in Bluff. [Trib]
-> Lawmakers are considering cutting the Utah NetSmartz program, which teaches internet safety to kids. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley depicts the relationship between President Donald Trump and the Statue of Liberty. [Trib]
-> Paul Rolly details the irony of Karl Rove lecturing Utahns on dirty and divisive politics. [Trib]
-> Frank Pignanelli and LaVarr Webb discuss Mitt Romney’s anticipated run for U.S. Senate and the ups and downs of Utah’s latest legislative session. [DNews]
Nationally: White House chief of staff John Kelly is under fire for his handling of allegations that former staff secretary Rob Porter abused his ex-wives. [Politico]
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— Courtney Tanner and Eric Baker