AG Candidate Sponsors Bill to Protect Coloradans from Federal Overreach

Mar 16th, 2017 | By | Category: Featured

AG Candidate Sponsors Bill to Protect Coloradans from Federal Overreach By Nick Land Joe SalazarDenver, Co—State Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) wants to prevent the state of Colorado from aiding the Federal government in creating a registry of citizens based on their religion or ethnicity. Introduced in January as a response to President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration executive order, the “Ralph Carr Freedom Defense Act” would prohibit both the state of Colorado and any local government from providing the federal government with demographic information, or aiding them in establishing a registry or identifier for Colorado citizens. Salazar, who announced his candidacy for State Attorney General last Friday, told ABC7 “I’m going to take [Trump} for his words and his actions,” adding, “we are going to prepare Colorado to defend against it.” The title of the bill refers to Colorado governor Ralph Carr, who famously and publicly opposed the internment of Japanese-American citizens during World War II. He was defeated in the 1942 election as a result, but today is commemorated for his defense of civil liberties. The bill was introduced today in a press conference, and will be debated in the House Judiciary Committee. Representative Dave Williams (R-Colo) introduced a bill that would have made officials criminally liable for crimes committed by immigrants but it was quickly killed in committeeby House Democrats.

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