March 9, 2018
For Immediate Release
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Statement from Colorado Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Coffman on U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to take legal action against California’s “sanctuary city” policies

DENVER (March 9) “I applaud U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for standing up to lawlessness in California and taking legal action against three of the state’s so-called ‘sanctuary city’ laws. 
“Sanctuary city policies are disrespectful to law-abiding Americans and all immigrants who followed the law as they came to our country to pursue the American Dream.
“California lawmakers blatantly disregarded federal immigration law when they passed these sanctuary city policies. These laws put our communities at risk and put law enforcement officials in the untenable position of having to turn a blind eye to illegal immigration.
“As governor, I will not allow Colorado to become a sanctuary state. I will push back against harmful sanctuary city policies and instruct our state's law enforcement officials to hold illegal immigrants accountable. Our law enforcement officers swore an oath to protect and defend the public, and they should not be told to stand down to protect those living outside the law.

"Our citizens, as well as anyone who seeks a better life for themselves in the United States, deserve an immigration system that is fair and respects those who follow the law.

“Like them or not, federal immigration laws are the law of the land, and states that don’t enforce them threaten the security of their communities and our nation as a whole.
“You would think that California—the state that saw a young woman named Kate Steinle murdered by a seven-time felon who had already been deported five times—would have the sense to put a stop to this gross dereliction of duty.”
Cynthia Coffman for Governor
1550 Larimer Street, Suite 221
Denver, CO 80202