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Park City’s resort economy relies on service workers who work in the hospitality industry. Immigrants, many undocumented, often make up that work force. Recently, national headlines have broadcast government plans to hold raids and round ups in some cities. KPCW brought an immigration lawyer on the Local News Hour to talk about undocumented immigrants and Customs Enforcement efforts.

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News of immigration and customs enforcement raids  spread nationwide last week. The media broadcast warnings in the lead up to the weekend while social media sites displayed photos of immigration vehicles parked in familiar areas around in Park City. The ICE operations were not scheduled to happen in Utah.

Local soccer dad and undocumented immigrant Gerardo Nava, who drew community support when he was brought to court, is now confined at an ICE facility near Las Vegas.

His attorney says right now, he’s in a waiting game to find out what date he is scheduled to appear in a courtroom.

As we’ve reported Nava was charged last year with Identity Fraud and appeared in Third District Court about two weeks ago. Under a plea bargain, he was given a year on probation, but had to be handed over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

As we’ve reported, local youth soccer dad Gerardo Nava came to a plea agreement in Third District Court Monday after being arrested last year on allegations of Identity Fraud.

With a crowd of supporters in attendance, the 35-year-old non-citizen pled to a reduced Misdemeanor Charge.

His attorney said that Nava’s history is not unusual.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office filed Identity Fraud and Forger charges against Nava in September of 2018.

A local soccer coach, and non-citizen, facing charges of Identity Fraud, went to a Third District Court hearing Monday, with an audience of 60 to 70 locals showing up in support.

In the end, the defendant, 35-year-old Gerardo Nava, entered into a plea bargain with prosecutors. He was sentenced to a year on prohibition, as the courtroom audience applauded at the end of the hearing.

He will, however, go onto a proceeding with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

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A 33-year old man was arrested in Summit County Saturday after law enforcement officers discovered him smuggling eight illegal immigrants on I-80.

33-year-old Rolando Gomez-Gomez was arrested and booked into Summit County Jail on Saturday with suspected 3rd degree Felony Human Smuggling and a class A misdemeanor Obstruction of Justice – False Information.

Four suspects were arrested in Summit and Wasatch Counties last week for identity theft and drug dealing offenses, following a multi-agency investigation.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office, in a statement, said their SECURE Strikeforce investigation arrested the suspects for a total of 17 felonies and one Class A Misdemeanor.

The Attorney General’s statement said the suspects are undocumented and have been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (or ICE.)

The statement said that last Wednesday, investigators served two search warrants simultaneously.

Immigration officers arrested four people in the Park City area Friday.   Park City Police Chief Wade Carpenter says the arrests were made by Enforcement Removal Operation officers, who are part of  Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, also known as ICE.   Carpenter said the Park City Police Department had nothing to do with the arrests.  He added that he spoke to the Summit County Sheriff's Office and the Utah Attorney General's office, and those agencies didn't know of the arrests either.