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Say hello to the War on Illegal Immigrants. It may just replace both the war on sex offenders and the War on Drugs .

Colorado lawmakers are planning an all-out attack on illegal immigration, with three of them in Arizona to see how they can copy the state’s measure that denies undocumented immigrants access to state-supported health care and welfare services.

The Colorado lawmakers pledge a robust effort next legislative session to curtail the presence of undocumented immigrants, including proposals to prevent them from purchasing property, to deputize state patrol officers as immigration agents and to require food-service workers to provide photo identification and fingerprints.

A child born in the United States is an American citizen and entitled to an equal chance to succeed in life. What is the rationale for denying pre-natal benefits to that child’s mother? It shouldn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that an expectant mother who receives adequate medical care while pregnant will produce a healthier baby.

Cops on the beat should not be allowed to enforce immigration laws. What woman is going to call 9/11 when her or her children’s lives are threatened in a domestic violence dispute if she fears deportation? Immigration offenses like overstaying one’s visa are civil infractions, not criminal violations. Their enforcement should be left to the immigration authorities.

Stupid is as stupid does, and Colorado’s efforts to mimic Arizona in its wrong-headed immigration law should be defeated.

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