10/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Colorado Should Toughen Stance On Illegal Immigrants: GOP Lawmaker

Following this month's bust of 14,500 marijuana plants that allegedly were in part being grown by Mexican migrant workers, a Colorado Springs senator is calling on Gov. Bill Ritter and the General Assembly to take aggressive action on illegal immigration in Colorado, though immigrant rights' groups say lawmakers shouldn't blame entire communities for the actions of a few individuals.

Sen. Dave Schultheis, R-Colorado Springs, said on Friday that in lieu of the "growing role illegal immigration plays in expanding international drug cartels in the United States," Ritter and fellow lawmakers should beef up on the Colorado State Patrol's immigration unit. He added in a press release that the state should consider requesting federal stimulus funding to step up law enforcement against illegal immigration.

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