Auditors will review state immigration law

State auditors will review whether state and local law enforcement agencies are complying with a 2006 state law requiring them to alert federal agencies when they suspect someone might be an illegal immigrant, according to state Rep. Steve King, R-Grand Junction.

According to an e-mail sent to King by incoming Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, the Legislative Audit Committee accepted King’s request for the audit late last week.

Carroll said state auditors merged his request along with that of three Aurora state lawmakers because they focused on similar concerns.

King had pushed for such an audit earlier this year following a traffic accident in Aurora that left three people dead, including a toddler. The suspect in the case, Francis Hernandez, is suspected of crashing his vehicle into a truck and sending it careening into a Baskin Robbins store.

Hernandez, according to court records, had been arrested more than a dozen times but had gone undetected as an illegal immigrant.

The law that auditors will review, Senate Bill 90 from 2006, forbids local governments from setting up “sanctuary” ordinances or policies that allow illegal immigrants to flout federal immigration laws.

The law also requires that local law enforcement and other local government agencies report suspected illegal immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


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