Commentary on Denver sanctuary city policies

Article subtitle: 
Former ICE Chief Slams Maryland for Sanctuary Legislation
Article author: 
Charlotte Cuthbertson
Article publisher: 
The Epoch Times
Article date: 
1 April 2019
Article category: 
Colorado News
Article Body: 

Tom Homan, the former head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said politicians who enact sanctuary policies on the premise of protecting immigrant [and illegal alien] communities end up doing the complete opposite.

“Because if ICE can get the bad guy in a county jail, it’s done and it’s over,” Homan told The Epoch Times on March 14.

“But when they release a bad guy from the county jail … now, ICE has to go find that guy, which means they’re going to go into the community … where they’re probably going to find others, others that weren’t even on their radar. Number two, when you release a criminal alien back to the street, he’s going to reoffend in the very community in which he lives—the immigrant community.”

A raft of bills being considered in the Maryland legislature would essentially turn the state into a sanctuary for illegal aliens by shielding them from immigration enforcement.

One bill, House Bill 913 (HB 913), goes so far as to prohibit local and state jail officials from cooperating with a detainer lodged by ICE.

A detainer is a request for an illegal alien to be held until an ICE agent can take custody, or for the jail to notify ICE when an illegal alien is to be released from custody....


Detective Nick Rogers said Denver adopted sanctuary policies in October 2017.

“We were informed that if we communicated with ICE, we were subject to discipline, up to and including termination,” Rogers said in a congressional hearing last year. “We were also told that if we violated the ordinance, we were subject to criminal prosecution and would be fined up to $999 and a term of incarceration not to exceed 300 days in jail.”

Rogers said he can now no longer contact the same ICE agents he has worked with for years. ICE agents are now only granted the same access as the general public to city-owned law enforcement facilities. Rogers said he used to have a briefing with the ICE agents in his office to go over tactical plans for drug arrests involving illegal aliens.

“Those ICE agents were welcomed in the front door,” he said. “They don’t even come in the parking lot anymore.”...