Colorado may repeal requirement for police to report suspected illegal immigrants

Repeal bill gets its first hearing Monday

DENVER - A divisive 2006 law requiring Colorado police to report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities could be coming off the books.

A Colorado House committee voted 9-2 Monday to scrap the law altogether amid complaints the law isn't needed in an era of increased federal immigration enforcement. Law enforcement officials testified the requirement is redundant.

The law requires law enforcement to report to federal authorities when they detain someone suspected of being in the country illegally. Supporters argued that federal immigration policies passed since 2006 make the measure unnecessary.

Lawmakers supporting the repeal also say the law hurts police trying to establish trust in immigrant communities.

Click here to read the full text of House Bill 1258.

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