Colorado GOP legislators to pay in November for SB-1070 “copycat” campaign

Monday, June 25, 2012
CONTACT: Joanne Schwartz, Executive Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: Learning today of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down most of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigrant SB-1070 legislation, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, released the following statement:

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court affirms that immigration policy and enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government—but more importantly that basic constitutional protections still apply in America,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Joanne Schwartz. “What the right wing attempted do in Arizona would have created a dangerous set of laws attacking the freedoms of law-abiding citizens based simply on their skin color. It was bad policy, enacted for the very worst of reasons: xenophobia and prejudice.”

“Here in Colorado, many Republicans in our legislature should be ashamed after repeatedly attempting to import copies of Arizona’s anti-immigrant legislation to our state,” said Schwartz. “Today’s Supreme Court decision sends an important message to Colorado’s Republican legislative leadership and caucus, who introduced numerous SB-1070 copycat bills in the Colorado General Assembly. In November, the voters will hold them accountable for their overreach.”