No Sanctuary for Criminals: Neville’s SB-220 Passes Committee

DENVER – Colorado cities that refuse to respect the role of the federal government in regards to federal immigration law will now face pressure from the State of Colorado if Senate Bill 220 passes. Sponsored by Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton), the bill would discourage localities from enacting policies that encourage the harboring of illegal immigrants, alongside prohibiting Colorado cities from banning it’s law enforcement officers from enforcing federal immigration policies.

The bill is clearly targeted towards those individuals that have committed crimes in addition to entering the United States illegally. Standard procedure dictates that if a criminal is picked up by local law enforcement, they will be held until Immigration and Customs Enforcement can pick them up.

“We’re not worried about the family that came to the United States for a better life,” said Senator Neville. “We’re worried about those that are in constant violation of our laws and are a burden to our society.”

Senate Bill 220 passed the Senate State Business, Labor, & Technology Committee this afternoon on a 3 to 2, party-line vote.

“I knew from the beginning that this bill would face strong Democrat opposition – after all, it’s the Democrats who have been enacting these “Sanctuary City” laws in cities across the United States. Regardless, the conversation needs to be had – the debate needs to be held – regarding how we protect American citizens and maintain some rule of law in our nation,” continued Senator Neville.

The bill now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.

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