Colo. House passes Secure Communities bill

DENVER — The Colorado House has given final approval to withholding state funding from municipalities that reject a federal fingerprinting program to catch illegal immigrants.

Most Democrats opposed the Republican proposal in today’s vote. They’re concerned that it would hurt small towns and cities that don’t have the technology to implement the program.

House Bill 1140 would withhold cigarette and severance taxes from municipalities that refuse to participate in the Secure Communities program run by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The program quickly references fingerprints against records from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. Critics say the program could provide an incentive for racial profiling but supporters disagree. They say there won’t be racial profiling because everyone arrested is screened.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.


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