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Colorado Challenges U.S. Withholding Of Funds Over Immigration

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Scott Franz
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Gov. Jared Polis announces a lawsuit against the Trump adminstration seeking $2.7 million in federal money said to be withheld from Colorado police budgets because of immigration policies.

Gov. Jared Polis says Colorado is challenging a Trump administration decision to deny the state $2.7 million in public safety funds already allocated by Congress.

Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser said Tuesday the state will seek an injunction in federal court to compel the administration to release the funds.

They say the U.S. Justice Department grants were awarded in 2018 but have been withheld because the administration is demanding that local agencies help enforce federal immigration law.

The grants support law enforcement, judicial, corrections, technology and other programs for a variety of state and local agencies and municipalities.

A message seeking comment from the Justice Department wasn't immediately returned.

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