Immigration bill makes its way to Colorado
DENVER, Colorado: Controversy developed in the Southwest earlier this year after Arizona lawmakers approved an immigration bill. Efforts to repeal the law at the ballot box failed after proponents of the referendum failed to collect sufficient signatures for the 2010 ballot. However, the issue remains alive. This week, legislators in Colorado revealed their efforts to propose a series of immigration bills, some of which may appear on future statewide ballots for voter approval.
Recently the Republican Study Committee of Colorado held a summit to study illegal immigration statistics and listen to public input on the matter. The meeting was attended by several Republican lawmakers. According to reports, Sen.-elect and current state Rep. Kent Lambert has already started writing his own legislation. Lambert said, "There's two things: No. 1, secure the borders, and No. 2, enforce the current laws that we have." In response to comparisons to Arizona's 2010 bill, Lambert said his proposal will include a series of bills that will cover various aspects of illegal immigration including, E-Verify for state corporations.
Currently the proposal is scheduled to be presented to the legislature during the 2011 session, however if the lawmakers are unable to pass the bill reports indicate that efforts may be made to refer the issue to voters on a statewide ballot.