An effort to ensure Colorado police and sheriffs aren’t carrying out federal immigration law has drawn Polis’ concerns
The Colorado Sun
When immigrant advocates began working this year on legislation to prevent state and local law enforcement in Colorado from assisting federal immigration enforcement agents, their intent was sweeping.
They sought to halt Colorado police and sheriffs from sharing any information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and wanted to bar state or local government from spending any public money to accomplish the agency’s goals.
But even after stripping the most far-reaching provisions from House Bill 1124, which has raised questions about whether it would make Colorado a sanctuary state, Gov. Jared Polis has maintained concerns about their efforts. And with less than two weeks left in the legislative session, which ends May 3, it’s unclear if there will be time to push the measure through, even as more changes are made to appease Polis.
“The governor has been engaging the sponsors and has articulated his concerns on the draft,” Laurie Cipriano, a Polis’ spokeswoman, said in a written statement. “He will continue to review the language as the bill changes.”
The governor’s office did not respond to a request for clarification on what those concerns are, however during his campaign Polis pledged that he would not make Colorado into a sanctuary state. Furthermore, in a policy memo Polis’ office drafted about the bill in its original form, Polis’ advisers indicated that without changes the governor would be encouraged by staffers to veto the measure.
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