At first glance, HB 16-1396, passed recently by the Democratic-controlled Colorado House, looked like one of those pointless and petty bills -- like Congress’ designating National Tap Dance Day (May 20).
However, I’ve thought about HB 16-1396 a little more. I now realize it isn’t pointless, it isn’t petty, and it’s not a small matter. It’s as big as we aspire to be.
Procedurally, the bill is only a tiny tweak to Colorado law. It would remove “illegal alien” from all laws, just as California removed the word “alien” from labor laws.
From a logistics point of view, it’s no big deal. Now watch opponents make a big deal out of it. Because, of course, we aren’t talking about logistics.
The bill’s rationale has been expressed often in such phrases as, “Human beings aren’t illegal,” and, “Aliens are from outer space.”