DENVER (CBS4)– A bill that would designate Colorado the first Sanctuary State in the country moves ahead in the state Capitol on Monday.

The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat representing Thornton and unincorporated Adams County, says it’s a push back against what he called “federal over reach” when it comes to immigrant enforcement.

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Rep. Joe Salazar (credit: CBS)

The Sanctuary State bill moves ahead with a committee meeting on Monday afternoon.

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Salazar also says the bill is about state’s rights.

“What we’re saying is we’re not going to allow the federal government to commandeer, co-opted or otherwise take control of our state and local resources for immigration enforcement,” said Salazar.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (credit: CBS)

An opposing bill would have allowed victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary cities failed at the state Capitol.

The Sanctuary State bill is almost certain to fail as well. The measure has no Republican support.

Comments (4)
  1. Why are we not allowed to vote on this issue? As a Denver resident, I object to having Denver as a sanctuary city….I would like an answer

    1. I totally agree with you. As a resident of Colorado I want to have a choice in the matter.

      1. I agree with both of you. It’s like Denver wants to disobey the law…a law that is clearly there for a good reason.

  2. We cooperate with the DEA to enforce federal marijuana laws. We cooperate with the Secret Service to enforce currency counterfeiting laws. We cooperate with the federal customs people. I see no reason to single out immigration law for lack of cooperation.

    I would really like to see Colorado refusing to cooperate with the EPA.

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