February 14, 2020

COLORADO: Bill to prevent arrests on courthouse grounds advances; sets up state conflict with federal immigration law.

Senate Bill 20-083 by Sen. Julie Gonzales, D-Denver and Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver purports to immunize anyone “present at a courthouse or on its environs from civil arrest,” and gives judges the authority to issue a “writ of protection” that would, among other scenarios, prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests of illegal aliens.

The bill also creates a cause of action in civil court for false imprisonment that allows damages and authorizes any person so arrested or detained to “seek a writ of habeas corpus” that requires the arresting official to appear before a judge to justify the arrest.

The state Attorney General is authorized to “bring a civil action on behalf of the people of the state” as well.

If they were working on our behalf, they wouldn’t be pushing this bill.

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