Beauprez favors Arizona-style action on immigration, if feds don’t respond to his demands, lawsuit

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Bob Beauprez.

Bob Beauprez.

In wide-ranging thoughts on immigration policy delivered over the weekend on a Denver radio station, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said states should enforce federal immigration law themselves, in the absence of federal action, "as Jan Brewer tried to do in Arizona."

The Arizona law, backed by Brewer, allowing police to detain anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant, was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. It's widely believed that the law would have led to harassment and discrimination of legal and undocumented immigrants.

Beauprez said that before he'd take immigration matters in his own hands if elected governor, he'd join with other governors and sue the federal government to "secure our borders."

Beauprez made the comments on KOA 850-AM, a Denver radio station, Saturday in response to a question from guest radio host Doug Kellet, who asked Beauprez about the young undocumented immigrants captured recently along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"I was with a group of people the day before yesterday, and several of them were from our southern cities, Pueblo specifically," said Beauprez on air. "And they said, if buses show up, they will be in the streets to block them. I think you are going to see what happened in California start happening everywhere."

Beauprez also said: "It’s going to affect all the states out here, and the President is trying to gloss over it and tell us all the wonderful things we’re doing as a nation to accept all these people. He doesn’t tell us the impact on the people who are already here and are going to pay the bill."

Kellet didn't ask Beauprez if he'd participate in the street protests himself.

On another radio show Sunday, Beauprez outlined an immigration system he'd back.

"We need to secure the border," Beauprez told KVOR guest hosts Ed Jones and Jimmy Bensberg Saturday. "We need a modern, 21st century legal immigration system, where folks that want here can apply for it. They can get an answer in short order. We can get the kind of help we need and enforce the rule of law. So employers have a system, that they can live within the rules. And people know that if somebody is here illegally, they’re going to be found and sent home."

The hosts didn't ask Beauprez if he's favor sending all undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. back to their countries of origin.

Partial transcript of Beauprez's comments on KOA July 5

Kellet: I want to talk to you about immigration, because on this July 4th weekend we have a serious problem on our southwest border, and it certainly could affect Colorado.

Beauprez: It sure can. It’s going to affect all the states out here, and the President is trying to gloss over it and tell us all the wonderful things we’re doing as a nation to accept all these people. He doesn’t tell us the impact on the people who are already here and are going to pay the bill.

Kellet: Well, I keep on wondering what’s going to happen here, sir…

Beauprez: I was with a group of people the day before yesterday, and several of them were from our southern cities, Pueblo specifically, and they said, if buses show up, they will be in the streets to block them. I think you are going to see what happened in California start happening everywhere. Governors on behalf of their states are going to have to be very vocal, very strong, and push back on DC…. You have to face the reality that this is going to be another straw on the back that will fiscally impact states in a big way. It will culturally impact states in a big way. When you don’t enforce the rule of law, and this is the bottom line, Doug, chaos breaks out. And this is an example of chaos breaking out…Governors ought to be telling the federal government, do your job, secure our borders, stop this kind of action, send these people back home… They are not political refugees. This is just wrong. Governors ought to be, first of all, demanding it, and then secondly, if the federal government doesn’t do it, then sue them and get an injunction against the federal government and force them to do their job in court. This is a responsibility of the federal government. And if they won’t do it, states ought to be allowed to do it, as Jan Brewer tried to do in Arizona.

22 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Republican 36 says:

    Here we go again!

    Mr. Beauprez tried to lay the immigration issue on Bill Ritter's door step in 2006 but he had then, and still has today, one really big problem. As an elected member of the United States House of Representatives, Mr. Beauprez did absolutely nothing to increase the budget to secure the borders and in fact wouldn't support those increases. He's trying to have it "Both Ways." The United States Constitution gives the federal government exclusive authority over immigration. Thanks to President Obama, illegal immigration is at an all time low and deportations are at an all time high so what is the crisis Mr. Beauprez is referring to. As a congressman, at a time when President Bush was in office and illegal immigrants were flooding across the border by the hundreds of thousands each year, Mr. Beauprez did nothing. There is no reason to think he will do something about this issue if he is elected governor.

    Second does he really think the states have the funding to take on this issue. Where does he think Colorado is going to get the money to enforce immigration laws? Which state programs is he going to cut to find the funding.

    This is another instance where Mr. Beauprez is spouting platitudes and talking points but doesn't have the slighest idea what the facts are.

  2. CaninesCanines says:

    Imminent civil wars, immigration blocades, and Obamacare financial havoc: Beauprez has become the Crystal Ball Contender.

  3. The Angry Trucker says:

    Beauprez continues to pander to the right-base as a calculated move believing that the many Unaffiliated voters are really center-right Republicans.  A critical error on his part, and he cant actually come up with a logical vision for Colorado other than spouting out the right-wing/red meat talking points. This is a sign of a losing campaign.  He needs to get rid of that staff that are all "yes men" and get some people that can actually have an honest debate, and tell Mr. Beauprez when he is off the rails! 

    He is going to crash and burn…. and I'm an R myself.

    • langelomisteriosolangelomisterioso says:

      BWB will have enormous problems finding staff personnel who are not "yes"men since he's Reublican and the whole party consists of nothing but yes men except where any presidential initiative is involved. I do agree these are signs of a losing campaign.The first thing they lost was their way. I'd accuse BWB and Republicans of losing their soul but I'm not entirely convinced they had one to lose.

      • The Angry Trucker says:

        I was fully convinced I had a soul until you said that!  I have been a R since I was able to vote (a long time ago!) but am pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, etc.  I guess I just believe that what people want to do with their own lives, in their own homes is no ones damn business especially the governments.  The R's use to be smart (or at least not bat-s**t crazy), but those days are long gone.

        • DavieDavie says:

          What I find most disturbing, Trucker, is that the media treats all the bat-s**t-crazy statements by today's so-called Republican pundits and politicians as normal, everyday reasoned opinions worthy of equal standing with anything put forth by experts in the respective fields.

          Anyone else catch the Denver Post's implied "While Rome Burns" subtitle to the Obama Economic Speech headline this morning"? Instead of a secret decoder ring, it appears the GOP gave the Post their own dog whistle.

          • The Angry Trucker says:

            I agree. The Post isn't doing anyone favors.  They clearly don't want to just "report the news" without spewing the wacko talking points of the extreme right.  Rather dissapointing really.  The average R has been hijacked by the extreme right, and is villified if they don't believe in the purity of their causes. It's mind blowing how they don't understand why they are losing, and have for the past 10 years. BTW, did you see the Beauprez email over the weekend? Subject line "Unalienable Rights"?  Didnt realize he was afraid of being abducted by UFO's!

             

            • DavieDavie says:

              Although Unalienable sounds wrong, it looks like BWB got that by cribbing from his typical sources on the right.  "Unalienable" actually is used in the Declaration of Independence. 

              But it's not as simple as that: http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/unalienable.htm

              The question is often asked, "Is the word in the Declaration of Independence unalienable or is it inalienable?"

              The final version of the Declaration uses the word "unalienable." Some earlier drafts used the word "inalienable," which is the term our modern dictionaries prefer. The two words mean precisely the same thing.

              Grammar was never my strong suit, but I try to go with what sounds right, and inalienable definitely is the choice here.

               

  4. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    The Republicans bleat incessantly about being "pro-life'. The children trudging here from Central America are fleeing the narco-wars (which we helped create) for their lives and the Repubs want to send them back. Pro-life, my ass! This is what Dems ought to be browbeating them with from now to November. Pro-life or anti-refugee…Rock or  hard spot?

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