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.READ MORE: Amid Drought In Western Colorado, More Wild Horses To Be Rounded Up
The Sanctuary State bill moves ahead with a committee meeting on Monday afternoon.
Salazar also says the bill is about state’s rights.READ MORE: Kyle Vinson, Man Injured In Violent Aurora Police Arrest, Doesn't Understand Why He Was 'Brutalized'
“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.
An opposing bill would have allowed victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants to sue sanctuary cities failed at the state Capitol.MORE NEWS: Denver Records 30 Consecutive Days With Bad Air, On Pace For Record Season
The Sanctuary State bill is almost certain to fail as well. The measure has no Republican support.