Mar 22, 2013 4:25 PM by Juice Godfrey
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado requirement that local law enforcement report suspected illegal immigrants to federal authorities is closer to coming off the books. The Democratic House gave preliminary approval Friday to repealing the 2006 law.
Sponsors say the Colorado immigration reporting bill isn't needed anymore because a federal immigration review process has been implemented. Law enforcement groups support the repeal, 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.