Christian Center of Park City

After information spread through the media a couple weeks ago about possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations targeting 2,000 immigrants in 10 different cities, Christian Center of Park City Program Manager Pete Stoughton noticed something strange with the center’s food pantry operations.


“On a daily basis, we usually see 30 to 60 families a day in our pantry—roughly about 1,200 a month," Stoughton said. "That number sharply decreased just last week.”

Stoughton noted the same thing with a program the center hosts with EATS Park City.

Park City Mayor Issues Statement On Immigration Raids

Jul 23, 2019

Headlines have immigration issues at the forefront in recent weeks whether it’s to highlight horrific conditions in which children are being detained at the border or to alert the nation that ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) will be holding deportation raids in cities around the country.


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.

Local soccer coach and undocumented immigrant Gerardo Nava has been released on bond from a Nevada ICE detention facility.

His attorney says he could be headed home to Park City on Friday and it could be a matter of years before the court decides about any deportation.

As we’ve reported, the 35-year-old Nava was charged last year with Identity Fraud, after about a decade in the U.S.

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.

We discussed the "Dangers of Border Crossings" event that took place May 18th at the Park City Library to discuss the effects of the current political climate, and how it affects the latino community. The exhibit featured art, poetry and other presentations.

Rob Bishop Congress


Congressman Rob Bishop is beginning his 8th term in the US House of Representatives. KPCW had the opportunity to interview the Congressman on a variety of topics.  A discussion about the partial government shutdown is the first in a series of reports on the Representative’s work in Washington. Carolyn Murray has this:

Park City Mayor Andy Beerman has sent a letter to Park City’s Congressional Representatives urging them to challenge the Trump Administrations Zero-Tolerance illegal immigration policy.

Mayor Beerman’s one-page letter was sent to Utah Senator Orrin Hatch and Senator Mike Lee. The letter was also sent to Utah’s 1st Congressional District Representative Rob Bishop.

Enrique Sanchez

With the clock ticking on the DACA program and no new applications being accepted, it'll be up to Congress to figure out the fate of nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the U.S. by their parents as children. In this second of a two-part series, Leslie Thatcher examines the future hopes and dreams of one Park City student - who has always called Park City home. 

Enrique Sanchez

20 year old Enrique Sanchez, a Mexican citizen, has spent most of his life in Park City. He's watching the process unfolding that will determine his fate in the states. In this first of a two-part series, Leslie Thatcher reveals more on just one of the hundreds of thousands of others who are in a similar situation.

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.

Judge Issues Split Ruling On Utah Immigration Law

Jun 18, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A federal judge has issued a split ruling on Utah's controversial immigration law, upholding one key measure but striking down several others.

U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups' ruling Wednesday upheld a key provision requiring authorities to check the immigration status of people arrested for felonies or Class A misdemeanors, such as theft. But he set limits on how it can be implemented.

A number of community organizations interested in reforming the country's immigration policies are meeting tomorrow (TUESDAY) night in Park Cty. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.