All County offices will be closed Monday, May 27, in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Offices will reopen Tuesday, May 28, for normal business. Join us in honoring those who gave all. 



Help Me With...

Select from list
My Residential Property
My Driver's License or Vehicle Registration
Requesting Assistance
Health Department


Select from list
My Property Valuation
Understanding My Valuation
Paying My Property Tax
Neighborhood Sales
Building Permits
Vehicle Registration - New Stickers
Vehicle Registration - New Vehicle
Drivers License - New or Renew
New Resident Vehicle Registration
Adult Protection
Child Welfare
Child Support
Child Care
Financial Assistance
Medical Assistance
Food Assistance
Register to Vote / Update Voter Registration
Upcoming Election Information
Ballot Drop Box Locations
Voter Service and Polling Centers
Birth/Death Records
Restaurant Inspections
Community Health
Child Care Center Inspections
Septic System Inspections
Emergency Preparedness & Response
Disease Surveillance
Mental and Behavioral Health Education
Community Health and Clinical Services
Women, Infants and Children


× Close


Douglas County files amended lawsuit against state immigration laws – four more Colorado Counties join

Elbert, Garfield, Mesa, Rio Blanco Counties join Douglas and El Paso County in legal action against State of Colorado and Gov. Jared Polis over unconstitutional immigration laws

Posted on May 6, 2024 2024News and Events


Douglas County today filed an amended lawsuit against the State of Colorado and Governor Polis – with El Paso, Elbert, Garfield, Mesa, and Rio Blanco Counties on board – challenging two state laws preventing local governments from cooperating with the federal government on matters of immigration. The now six-county litigation represents the interests of 25 percent of the state’s population.

This marks the eighth step the Board of Douglas County Commissioners has taken to protect public health and safety amidst the national migrant crisis.

The first law in the litigation, passed in 2019 (HB19-1124), prohibits local governments from cooperating with the federal government in immigration enforcement and prohibits the sharing of judicial information with federal officials. The second law in the litigation, passed in 2023 (HB23-1100), prohibits any local government from entering an IGA with the federal government for civil immigration enforcement.

The litigation makes four claims, all based on arguments the resulting laws are unconstitutional:

  1. Both HB19-1124 and HB23-1100 violate the Intergovernmental Relationships Provision of the State Constitution, which prohibits laws that prevent local governments from cooperating/contracting with the federal government
  2. HB19-1124 violates the Separation of Powers Provision of the State Constitution because the legislature is directing judicial employees
  3. Both HB19-1124 and HB23-1100 violate constitutional amendment publication requirements that require the publication of laws being affected by a statute to prevent confusion
  4. HB19-1124 is preempted by federal immigration law in violation of the US Supremacy Clause, which prohibits state laws from violating federal law

Commissioners announced the filing of the original suit with El Paso County on April 15 during a news conference. Watch a recording for details.

The filing of this amended litigation on May 6, 2024 is the eighth action taken since October 2023 to address the local impacts of the national migrant crisis. The other seven actions include:

Your community’s overall well-being is at the forefront of these tough decisions as your Board of Douglas County Commissioners works to address local impacts of the national migrant crisis. Watch a Live Town Hall from March to learn how your community is working together to address homelessness and proactively address this national issue.

Your County. Your News. Get it first.

Be among the first to receive news as it happens. Subscribe to our online news push, and select your specific news focus and delivery preferences. Visit the Live Town Hall page and register for Town Hall notifications to ensure you are contacted to participate in future community conversations about topics important to you. Both services are free, and you can unsubscribe at any time. And don’t forget to follow Douglas County on Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Sign Up Now!