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Apr 26, 2013 4:23 PM by Eric Ross

Colo. immigrant reporting requirement repealed

DENVER (AP) - A requirement that Colorado law enforcement report to federal authorities immigrants suspected of living illegally in the U.S. is coming off the books.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on Friday signed a bill that repeals the 2006 law. It passed with bipartisan support during a year lawmakers approved some of the strictest immigration enforcement policies the state had ever seen.

Some see the law as a precursor to more controversial policies later adopted in Arizona and Alabama.

The 2006 law required local law enforcement to notify federal immigration officials during arrests when they suspected someone was in the country illegally.

Those who wanted the law repealed argued it made immigrants afraid of police. They also say the law is now duplicative because a federal program checks fingerprints during arrests to check immigration status.

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