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Rep. Dave Williams heads to the White House to talk immigration

Author: Joey Bunch - March 6, 2018 - Updated: March 7, 2018

Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, holds his newborn son Logan Fox Williams while his wife, Emily, looks on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, during the opening day of the 2017 Colorado State Legislature at the State Capitol in Denver. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

State Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs, is scheduled to be at the White House Thursday to talk immigration with President Trump’s Domestic Policy Council.

Williams has been a proponent of ending so-called sanctuary cities in Colorado, sponsoring unsuccessful legislation last year to allow public officials to be arrested if local policies on undocumented immigrants permit a crime of violence.

Williams was allowed to bring guests, so he chose Republican Reps. Steve Humphrey of Severance, Tim Leonard of Evergreen and Kevin Van Winkle of Highlands Ranch, according the state House Republican Press Office.

The members are paying their own way, because Amendment 41 passed by Colorado voters in 2006 blocks such gifts.

Last August Williams wrote to Trump urging him to intercede in the city of Denver’s plan not to cooperate with federal immigration efforts.

“It’s an honor to be leading a grassroots delegation from Colorado to discuss how we can stop sanctuary cities, restore law and order and prevent gangs like MS-13 from bringing violence and drugs across our borders,” Williams said in a statement.

The El Salvadoran-based street gang often mentioned by Trump as a reason for tougher immigration enforcement has members in Colorado. Last November Colorado yielded two arrests as part of a nationwide sweep of MS-13 members.

“This invitation shows that the Trump administration wants to get input from specific states dealing with irresponsible immigration policies, and is serious about partnering with local leaders to tackle the growing concerns about illegal immigration in our country,” Williams said.

The four House Republicans follow their leader, House Minority Leader Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, who met with President Trump at the White House two weeks ago to talk about allowing school staff to carry guns on campus. Neville is a survivor of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999. The night before his meeting at the White House, a state bill to allow teachers to carry guns was voted down in a House committee.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.