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Letter to the editor

Letter: Support state's independence

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The Colorado Freedom Defense Act, HB17-1230 just passed the Colorado House and is moving to the Senate. State Senate President Kevin Grantham should assign this bill to a committee that will give it a fair hearing.

This bill protects Colorado from federal overreach by insuring that our local law enforcement agencies won't use their staff to do the job of federal agencies. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) will remain free to enforce immigration law in Colorado, and local law enforcement will continue detaining dangerous criminals who are unauthorized immigrants. But local agencies will not waste resources pursuing and detaining law-abiding community members just because they may be undocumented.

Our local police should be focusing on keeping us safe from actual criminals, instead of targeting people who pose no threat. Studies consistently show that cities whose police force remains focused on local law enforcement and leaves immigration enforcement to ICE are actually safer, because the immigrant community works with police to report crime. (See NPR's "Why Sanctuary Cities are Safer, Jan 29, 2017). This is why many sheriffs and chiefs of police support a separation between their work and the work of ICE.

Contact Kevin Grantham as well as Republican state senators to show support for this bill and keep Colorado communities safe and welcoming.

Robin Kupernik,

Arvada

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