Colorado’s McInnis applauds Arizona immigration law |

Colorado’s McInnis applauds Arizona immigration law

The Associated Press

DENVER – A Republican running for governor of Colorado says he’d pursue an Arizona-style immigrant crackdown if elected.

Former Rep. Scott McInnis, a Glenwood Springs native, told KHOW-AM radio in Denver that “I’d do something very similar” if elected. He was talking about the Arizona immigration law that aims to tackle illegal immigration.

The law has raised questions about civil liberties.

Republican candidates nationwide are talking about the Arizona law. Also Wednesday, a Republican running for governor of Minnesota called the law “a wonderful first step” on a St. Paul radio station. Republicans in Georgia, Nevada and Texas have also vowed to copy the law.

A spokesman for McInnis told The Denver Post the candidate would support a requirement that immigrants carry documents proving legal presence.

In the McInnis radio interview, the candidate praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, for signing the bill into law. McInnis called criticism of Brewer “unfair.”

“Finally some governor stood up and said, ‘We are stopping the retreat,'” McInnis said.

McInnis, now a Grand Junction resident, is one of two Republicans seeking the GOP nomination. Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter is not running for re-election, and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper is the only Democrat in the race.

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