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Other provinces join DougCo’s immigration lawsuit as province says there is ‘no tangible evidence’ of migrants

Douglas County Commissioners and the Sheriff’s Office are suing the state of Colorado and Governor Jared Polis over immigration laws.

The move comes after the province passed an ordinance banning unscheduled bus deliveries.

While we know that more than 40,000 migrants have arrived in Denver over the past year and a half, Douglas County says there is no tangible evidence that migrants are in the community.

It’s leading some residents to question the lawsuit.

“It seemed a little strange to me because I didn’t know there was an immigrant problem in Douglas County,” said Lynne Clements, a Douglas County resident.

“Federal policies at the southern border have resulted in an unrestricted flow of illegal immigrants into our communities,” Douglas County Commissioner George Teal said during the announcement.

On Monday, Douglas and El Paso counties announced a lawsuit against the state, challenging two laws, HB19-1124 and HB23-1100, that limit local cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

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“We see it as the county’s duty to oppose these state laws,” Teal said.

Commissioners say the lawsuit is preventive and aimed at preserving the safety and quality of life in the county.

“In Douglas County, we are not going to cut back on services to our residents by telling kids they can’t come to our recreation centers and not do the things citizens expect us to do on a regular basis to serve those who need it to have. come here through improper channels,” said Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon.

Douglas County has not shared how much the lawsuit will cost taxpayers.

“I just don’t want my tax dollars to be spent on a lawsuit that doesn’t really relate to what I see happening in my county right now,” Clements said.

The county’s action inspired Clements to start donating to the Rose Community Foundation’s Newcomer’s Fund.

“I just found the rhetoric a little bit demeaning, calling many of the migrants, who in my opinion are more refugees and asylum seekers, illegal aliens. Many in the community called them criminals,” Clements said.

Clements fears the lawsuit sends the wrong message about Douglas County and believes the county’s money would be better spent helping neighboring communities deal with the wave of migrants.

“We are the eighth wealthiest county in the United States of America. I believe we have a moral obligation to welcome people who may be from a country that we have no idea is living in Douglas County,” Clements said.

Douglas County says three other Colorado counties are joining the lawsuit, and others have expressed interest.

Governor Polis’ office says it will not comment on pending litigation.