Colorado is dropping a law that requires police to alert federal authorities about immigrants suspected of living illegally in the United States.
On Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, signed a bill that repeals the 2006 law. It passed with bipartisan support during a year lawmakers approved some of the strictest immigration enforcement policies the state had ever seen.
Some see the law as a precursor to more controversial policies later adopted in Arizona and Alabama.
The 2006 law required local law enforcement to notify federal immigration officials during arrests when they suspected someone was in the country illegally.
Colorado’s law, known as SB-90, required police to report people they arrested and they suspected to be undocumented to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The bill passed 20-15 after a short debate. The passage of the bill marks a shift in a state that seven years ago passed strict enforcement laws.