Colorado county sues state government over sanctuary immigration policies: ‘Quality of life comes first’

A Colorado county is suing the state over its immigration protection policies, according to a new filing.

Douglas County filed a lawsuit Monday morning against Gov. Jared Polis and Centennial State in connection with Colorado House Bills 19-1124 and 23-1100. The state currently seeks the right to defer to the federal government on immigration matters, but the bill would prohibit that.

Specifically, the bill would prohibit Colorado police from arresting and detaining illegal immigrants based on their immigration status. It would also prevent state judges from exchanging information with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Under the bill, local governments in Colorado would also be prohibited from entering into agreements with the federal government on immigration enforcement matters.

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Douglas County officials sued the state of Colorado on Monday over immigration policies. (Douglas County, Colorado, via Youtube)

At a press conference on Monday, Douglas County Board of County Commissioners Chairman George Thiel said the law “violates several provisions of the Colorado Constitution.”

“It is our intent to bring this case specifically to address the illegal immigration crisis that currently exists in this country,” Thiel added. “Federal policies along our southern border have led to an endless flow of illegal immigrants into our communities.”

He added that the board believes that filing lawsuits is part of the citizen’s duty.

“We believe it is the county’s duty to resist state laws that prohibit us from cooperating with federal authorities to protect the safety of Douglas County and our communities,” he continued. “That is the purpose of this lawsuit, and we believe we will prevail.”

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Colorado flag in sunlight

Colorado state flag on Monday, July 24, 2023 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA. (Chet Strange/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

County Commissioner Abe Leydon added, “We are aware of it.”[d] “The plight of those seeking refuge and asylum here,” he said in support of the lawsuit.

“Douglas County is a place where quality of life is paramount, and we want to prioritize the rights of people who are here legally,” he explained.

“We heard months ago that 40,000 Venezuelan immigrants were being bused from Texas to the city of Denver, Denver County and Douglas County at a cost of approximately $120 million. . “We have no intention of reducing services to our residents.”

Other similar lawsuits have been filed in the past five years. In 2018, the Huntington Beach City Council voted 6-1 to sue the state of California over immigration laws signed by former Gov. Jerry Brown. An Orange County court ruled in the city’s favor.

Immigrants filling out paperwork in Denver

Volunteer lawyers work with Venezuelan immigrants to help them begin the work permit process at a local hotel in Denver, Colorado, on February 5, 2024. (Helen H. Richardson/Media News Group/Denver Post via Getty Images)


Fox News reached out to Governor Polis for a statement, but he declined to comment.