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Hickenlooper signs executive action barring Colorado resources from being used to separate immigrant families

Jesse Paul
The Denver Post

ENGLEWOOD, CO - APRIL 13: Governor John Hickenlooper listens during a press conference as the Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety and the Director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control answer questions from the media after the the GovernorÕs annual wildfire briefing at the Aero Colorado Hangar, Centennial Airport in Englewood CO. April 13, 2018 Englewood, CO (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday took executive action barring any state resources from being used toward the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrants illegally crossing the bordering to the U.S. from their children — a decision that's unlikely to have widespread impacts, but which sends a strong rebuke to the White House.

"To see the images and hear from religious leaders, psychological professionals and academics — political individuals from all backgrounds — unanimously to condemn this kind of activity is rare," Hickenlooper said at a news conference. "That you see that broad a consensus with that same passion and sense of urgency (is rare). "

The term-limited Democrat and potential 2020 presidential candidate added: "We wanted to make sure that we added our sense of urgency with that."

Roughly 2,000 children were separated from their parents under the Trump administration's policy in a six-week span between May and April.

It wasn't immediately clear Monday if any of Colorado's state resources have been assisting — or were slated to assist with —  the separation of immigrant families.

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