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Colorado GOP wants immigration law like Arizona’s

Colorado Republican lawmakers who want to copy Arizona’s divisive immigration law sent a delegation to Phoenix Tuesday to get pointers on how to proceed.

Colorado is the latest state to send a delegation of lawmakers to Arizona to talk about adopting a law similar to the one that’s being challenged by the federal government and has been denounced by immigrant advocates.

Tennessee and Utah are the other states who have sent lawmakers to Arizona this summer, and Utah has already publicized text of their proposed legislation.

Rep. Kent Lambert said Colorado’s economy is suffering because of illegal immigration, even if the state doesn’t face the same challenges as Arizona and other states along the border.

“We have sort of the backfield problems with employment, jobs, and unemployment and picking up the costs of health care and things like that which seem to fall upon the state of Colorado,” said Lambert, one of 11 members of Colorado’s Republican Study Committee who are meeting with Arizona legislators this week.

Republicans said one of the topics they want to discuss is how Arizona is defending its bill in court.

A federal judge last month delayed the most contentious provisions of Arizona’s law a day before it went into effect, including a section that would require officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws if they have “reasonable suspicion” that the person is in the country illegally.

But the judge allowed other provisions, including a section that bars local governments from limiting enforcement of federal immigration laws. Those jurisdictions are commonly known as “sanctuary cities.”

Last week, Utah Republican Rep. Stephen Sandstrom unveiled a proposed immigration law that would, among other things, require law enforcement to question the immigration status of those pulled over for traffic stops or detained for other crimes. Sandstrom will hold a public hearing on the proposal Wednesday. The Utah Legislature will not be in session until January.

Colorado Republicans would face an uphill battle in passing a law similar Arizona’s because they don’t have a majority in either chamber. The November elections could change that but history has shown that Republicans don’t need to be in charge to pass tough immigration laws in Colorado. Some of the strictest immigration laws Colorado has in its books passed in 2006, during a special session with Democrats in the majority.

One of those laws resembles what Utah is proposing. It requires law enforcement to report to immigration officials anyone they arrest who they suspect to be in the country illegally. However, it is up to Immigration and Customs and Enforcement to determine what to do with suspects reported to them.

Sen. Ted Harvey, who sponsored that Colorado law in 2006, said he doesn’t believe the law has been implemented aggressively. He said Republicans next year are “definitely going to push immigration reform that takes seriously the impact that illegal immigration has on the state budget.”

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  1. Join the immigration war

    November is coming fast and that will be the time when the American electorate will define who stays in office and who leads the way to the jobless line. This will be the time to reevaluate your concerns on issues which the Liberal press and Obama administration is going to cost you money in the form of more taxes? They are not informing you that this processing, will cost billions of dollars–we don’t have? One of the most expensive issues to come–if passed would certainly be an Amnesty. The misnomer of a path to citizenship will be a very expensive commodity in legitimizing the 18 and up million illegal aliens. The administration is not telling us the truth, this procedure to legitimize all these criminals (under the rule of law) cannot be addressed by just the feds. It means that this large minority of people must have their paperwork, processed by immigration lawyers for copious financial gain.

    $113 Billion is the dollar estimate for supporting illegal household annually according to FAIR. You can add another $60 billion in remittances departing American each year, for illegal labor subsidizing families abroad. One should remember–this is just at the federal level and doesn’t encompass the state, county and city money siphoned off by foreigners who are squatting here. The birthright citizenship syndrome is another expensive payout for the American taxpayer, which should be amended–as soon as possible. All this money should be fed into our 13 trillion US deficit, which we partially owe Communist China, which they are using in building a giant war machine. What we need to start the self-deportation of illegal households, is a rigid SAVE, REAL ACT, which will make E-Verify permanent. Those elected officials who approved driver’s licenses for foreign nationals should also be dumped, recalled or relieved of the duties–after they have ignored their oath of office to protect us.

    We as Americans must stop this travesty and throw in the political dumping ground, all pro-amnesty lawmakers. In both parties a list are long and begins Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) as he nearly disposed of E-Verify and dismantling the-ONE–of the two border fences. Then we have speaker Nancy Pelosi who follows lamely, along with all the pro-illegal immigration political advocates, who want to force through AMNESTY. Patriotic Americans–not just Democrats, not just temperate Liberals, and moderate Republicans, Conservatives, Independents, the Tea Party or any other voter must be ready to test their party leaders? We should all be standing beside the authors of Arizona’s law, against Sanctuary City policies and the fact that the border fence is still very porous. The $600.000.000 dollars is pennies, compared with the money spent on nation building.in other lands. The $600 million funding, it would be better spent on auditing businesses on a gigantic scale to purge businesses of illegal workers and putting those owners in prison. Learn who has the interest of the US taxpayer, by gauging our Senators and Representative immigration records at NUMBERSUSA.

  2. Colorado Republican lawmakers who want to copy Arizona’s divisive immigration law sent a delegation to Phoenix Tuesday to get pointers on how to proceed.
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    Divisive?? Maybe for the illegal aliens and the employers who are desperate for cheap wages, but it shore isn’t divisive for the American People. Even with every illegal aliens in the U.S. hunting polls to respond to, a rather large majority of Americans call that Arizona Law… ABOUT TIME!!!

    Keep in mind, the Catholic Church, the Government of Mexico, and the folks at this web site all want the illegal aliens in place.
    Corporate Board of Advisors for La Raza
    http://www.theamericanresistance.com/race_industry/laraza_info.html

    Contributors to The National Council of The Race
    http://www.theamericanresistance.com/race_industry/laraza_contributors.html

    It is WAY past time for that law.

  3. This is the Lord’s law concerning Immigration:

    Numbers 15:16 One law and one rule shall be for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you.”

    Matthew 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’

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