Bill repealing illegal immigrant reporting law gets preliminary approval in Colorado House

DENVER - The Colorado House gave preliminary approval to a bill repealing an illegal immigrant reporting law Friday.

House Bill 1258 seeks to repeal a 2006 law that requires that local law enforcement to report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities.

Sponsors say the Colorado immigration reporting bill isn't needed anymore because a federal immigration review process has been implemented. Law enforcement groups support repealing the law, saying the state requirement is unwieldy and makes immigrant communities afraid of law enforcement.

Some Republicans spoke against the repeal. They said federal immigration law could change at any time, so the Colorado backup is needed. They accused ruling Democrats of sending a message that law enforcement doesn't need to help enforce immigration law.

One more vote is required before the repeal heads to the Senate.

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Read the full text of House Bill 1258: http://bit.ly/11pFyYE

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