Arizona-style immigration bill to die in Colo.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado lawmaker sponsoring an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigration says he's backing off the effort because he worries it would cost taxpayers if it is challenged in court.

Republican Rep. Randy Baumgardner told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he plans to ask fellow lawmakers to effectively kill the bill.

The measure would have allowed police to arrest illegal immigrants without warrant if law enforcement had probable cause to believe they were in the country illegally. It also would have required immigrants to always carry their documents and made it illegal for undocumented immigrants to work in Colorado.

Baumgardner said some aspects of the bill “could be construed as unconstitutional,” leading to legal challenges. He said he doesn't know whether he'll bring the proposal back another year.

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  • by Kris Location: GJ on Mar 1, 2011 at 01:29 PM
    I work in human services and I am more than ready to pay for legal costs to stop the finacial drain illegals are putting on our society. Tey come here and they expect us to pay for everything and they have no responsibility to pay their far share! Let's help the ones that WANT to be here legally, and get RID of the others!
  • by GJ voter Location: GJ on Feb 14, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    Lets deport our politicians to Mexico along with all the illegal aliens they are protecting.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 04:16 PM
    I think Anonymous should invest in spell check! How are you going to preach about the Constitution and not even spell it right!
  • by Ralph Location: GJ on Feb 10, 2011 at 02:37 PM
    Just another "lawmaker" who reniged on his promises to do what the people want them to do to end the problem. Looks like the real problem is the "lawmakers" who don't have what it takes to do what they say they will do. Anything, to get your vote, we need some real good "recall" laws, from the top down.
  • by Jeff Location: Grand Junction on Feb 10, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    So why don't we just let the entire world immigrate here. Heck, no rules, no responsibility no accountability! Sounds like another lawmaker afraid to go forward with the bill that was designed to help resolve problems not ignore them!
  • by Anonymous Location: G Jct on Feb 9, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    good does that mean we US citizen don't have to comply with the law & pay for our drivers license & auto ins. do not need to show ID we can go apply for free medical etc. since we have no ID... lets gets fake id"s & apply for credit cards then the hell with everyone we won't pay...get mortgage homes, stick as many as fit in there tear the house down then skip out on forclousere..who rent..I would suggest they try fixing the Constitotin if that is the problem..because we are sick & tired of being swung around from our throat while they all enjoy & laugh at us!!!!!!!!
  • by Dave Location: So. Co. on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:34 PM
    I am in favor of the bill.
  • by pat Location: mesa county on Feb 9, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    da, what does it cost other wise for free food stamps,rent,medical the list of costs goes on and on and on i would gladly pay if its challenged in court.
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