Bill Surrounding Immigration Not Sitting Well With Lawmakers, Governor

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Shaun Boyd
April 22, 2019

DENVER (CBS4) – Some lawmakers say Colorado would become a sanctuary state if a bill, making its way through the legislature, passes. The legislation is so controversial Gov. Jared Polis sent lawmakers a memo threatening to veto it if they didn’t scale it back.

The governor says while police shouldn’t be forced to help Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), they shouldn’t obstruct it either.

“They’re a legitimate law enforcement agency, and they have a critical role in preventing human trafficking and smuggling, and we look forward to continuing to have a strong relationship with ICE and other federal law enforcement agencies,” he said.

He says a bill by Rep. Adrienne Benavidez goes too far. It bars state and local government from using any public funds to assist ICE or entering into any agreements to help ICE. Benavidez says it’s about public safety.

“If people are afraid to contact police, to call 911, serve as a witness, that undermines our security and safety of everyone in the state.”

But, Rep. Dave Williams says the bill would hurt public safety.

“If we’re really concerned about public safety then we need to be encouraging ICE or other immigration authorities to be working with our local law enforcement.”

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