U.S. Representative Jared Polis received sharp criticism today from State Senator Dave Schultheis for his remarks on Arizona’s new immigration enforcement legislation. Polis, co-author of several Congressional bills aimed at providing taxpayer funded benefits for illegal immigrants, is a staunch supporter of amnesty and promotes events such as college scholarship fairs for “undocumented students” on his Facebook account. Schultheis, on the other hand, is a proponent of strong border control and believes both political parties have ignored immigration laws in recent years, resulting in state taxpayers picking up the tab for their emergency room visits, education, and jail stays.
Polis described the new Arizona law as "reminiscent of second class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II," and further stated that Arizona is on its way to becoming "a police state." The law to which he was referring is the recently passed SB 1070, immigration enforcement legislation that allows Arizona's state and local police agencies to enforce federal immigration laws and to ask for proof of residency, such as a valid driver’s license, if they suspect an individual is in the country illegally. In a national poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports, 60% of those polled favor authorizing local police to verify the immigration status of anyone they suspect of being an illegal immigrant.
"Apparently in Congressman Polis’ fantasy world, asking someone for their driver's license is the moral equivalent of state-sponsored genocide. This kind of irresponsible hyperbole is an embarrassment to the citizens of Colorado,” said Schultheis. “H.L. Mencken once defined a demagogue as one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots. Congressman Polis most certainly fits that definition," he concluded..
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