On Immigration, Hickenlooper Tiptoes Into Waters, as DPS Dives In

April 30 2010, 11:27 AM

Earlier this week, we noted that Republicans Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, both running for governor, really like Arizona's new, albeit controversial, immigration law. Since then, both candidates, but especially McInnis, have made the most of press attention from saying Colorado could do well with a measure like Arizona's that directs police to check the immigration status of anyone they reasonably suspect is in the United States illegally (via CBS4). But what about Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Democrat running for governor? Though he's been quoted as saying he'd veto such a measure if it came to his desk, he hasn't said much else---and hasn't really sought out the spotlight on the issue, either, notes Westword, which gave Hick ample opportunity to air his views. "It's doubtful Hickenlooper and his team will be able to avoid elaborating about this subject over the long term. November is a long way off, but it's hard to imagine a scenario in which immigration won't be a major campaign issue---one that can either hurt Hickenlooper or help him," media critic Michael Roberts writes. As for the current governor, Bill Ritter, he'd veto such a bill, too, The Associated Press reports, with Ritter, a lawyer, adding that he believes the Arizona law is unconstitutional. Meanwhile, Tom Boasberg, the superintendent of Denver Public Schools, is taking one of the stronger stances in Colorado against the measure. He's banned employees from traveling to the state, fearing they'll be the victims of discrimination, according to 7 News. "We fear that this new law will encourage racial profiling and subject individuals to arbitrary stops and harassment based on their ethnic or racial status," he says. "This violates our basic values of human dignity, of nondiscrimination and equal protection under the law."

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