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Time to end Sanctuary Cities

February 19, 2017

Sanctuary City policies call for city employees - including police officers - not to report illegal aliens to the federal authorities. Many sanctuary cities, in contrast to the wishes of most Americans, also offer public services and benefits to illegal aliens that impose great fiscal and social costs on the taxpayers. Sanctuary cities are illegal, made so by federal legislation enacted in 1996.

Sanctuary city policies are a bad idea and are in fact downright lethal. People die from illegal alien crime in sanctuary cities - for example, Kate Steinle was murdered by an illegal alien in cold blood in the sanctuary city of San Francisco. See: After the Steinle Murder, the Recklessness of Sanctuary Cities Becomes Painfully Glaring, National Review Thursday, July 9, 2015.

80 percent of American voters disapprove of localities not notifying federal immigration officials when they come in contact with an illegal alien: Poll: Americans overwhelmingly oppose sanctuary cities for illegal aliens, The Hill, February 22, 2017.

Here is more information on sanctuary cities:

Colorado legislation on sanctuary cities

Good news: HB17-1134, the Colorado Politician Accountability Act, will create a civil remedy against the state or a jurisdiction of the state and against its elected officials for creating sanctuary city policies. The bill makes it a crime to render assistance to an illegal alien that can be brought against an elected official for creating a sanctuary jurisdiction.

The bill is being heard on February 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm by the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee. Public testimony is encouraged. Here is the legislative calendar for the week. For more information, see the Colorado Legislature webiste.