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Immigrant Reporting Repeal Awaits Hickenlooper’s Signature

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Gov. John Hickenlooper (credit: CBS)

Gov. John Hickenlooper (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Legislature has agreed to repeal a requirement that local law enforcement report people suspected of violating immigration law to federal authorities.

The repeal of the 2006 immigration law awaits the governor’s signature after a final 21-13 vote Monday in the Senate.

Supporters say the Colorado immigration reporting law isn’t needed anymore because a federal immigration review process has been implemented. Law enforcement groups support the repeal, saying the state requirement is unwieldy and makes immigrant communities afraid of officers.

The immigration reporting requirement has been spottily enforced. Republicans in the Senate tried unsuccessfully to amend the bill to preserve a section of the law that requires local cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

LIINK: House Bill 1258

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