Colo. GOP argues for two illegal immigration bills

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Colorado Republican senators are pushing for proposals cracking down on illegal immigration, including one that would give police the authority to arrest crime suspects believed to be in the country illegally.

Two proposals will be heard in a Senate committee Wednesday afternoon to determine whether the measures will continue through the Legislature. Senate Bill 54 would give law enforcement broad authority to arrest suspected illegal immigrants. Senate Bill 129 would require nongovernmental state employers to use the federal E-Verify program to confirm a worker’s legal status.

The two bills are among several that Republicans have proposed this session targeting illegal immigration. A House bill that mimicked Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration was killed Monday at the request of its sponsor.