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.

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

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