The Colorado Immigration Lawsuit Against Federal Government Referendum, also known as Referendum K, was on the November 7, 2006 ballot in Colorado as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was approved. The measure mandated that the Attorney General of Colorado initiate or join other states in a lawsuit against the United States attorney general to demand the enforcement of all existing federal immigration laws by the federal government.
| Colorado Referendum K (2006)|
| Yes|| 830,628|| 55.72%|
Election results via: Colorado State Legislative Council, Ballot History
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|| Shall the Colorado state attorney general initiate or join other states in a lawsuit against the United States attorney general to demand the enforcement of all existing federal immigration laws by the federal government?
Defend Colorado Now was the group supporting this measure. Supporters argued that a lawsuit makes it explicitly clear that states want the federal government to take action to enforce federal immigration laws. An independent research group estimated that last year Colorado spent $225 million on
K-12 education, emergency medical care, and incarceration of illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants also benefit
from other state services provided to all residents of the state regardless of immigration status, such as public
health assistance and child welfare services. The lawsuit required by Referendum K is, supporters said, an important step in reducing costs incurred by the state in dealing with illegal immigrants.
Opponents argued that requiring the state attorney general to sue the federal government for enforcement of immigration laws
could waste state tax dollars and the attorney general's time. The federal government has exclusive authority to
determine which immigrants may enter the U.S. and to remove those who are here illegally. Other states' attempts
to make the federal government enforce immigration laws indicate that Colorado's effort will likely fail, they added.
Donors to the campaign for the measure:
- Defend Colorado Now: $179,133
- Total: $179,133
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Colorado State Legislative Council, "Ballot History," accessed February 26, 2014
- ↑ Secretary of State elections office, "2006 Amendments and Referenda," accessed January 7, 2014
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 2006 Colorado Blue Book, "Analysis of the 2006 Ballot Proposals," accessed February 26, 2014
- ↑ Follow the Money, "Donors for Referendum K," accessed February 26, 2014