Denver and all Colorado are lawless on immigration

Article author: 
William Perry Pendley
Article publisher: 
Washington Examiner
Article date: 
1 July 2019
Article category: 
Colorado News
Article Body: 

After President Trump announced a since-delayed nationwide crackdown on illegal [alien] immigrants, Denver declared it will not work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Yet it isn’t just one city that is lawless: Thanks to a law signed by Gov. Jared Polis, all Colorado law enforcement officers are barred from cooperating with federal officials in removing dangerous illegal immigrants from our country. This violates federal law, puts citizens in danger, and, contrary to the assertion of Democrats, is far from compassionate.

Denver has been a sanctuary city for over 20 years. In 2014, the Department of Homeland Security put Denver in the top 10 jurisdictions that fail to observe "Immigration Detainers" that DHS provides when it learns a “removable alien” is held. The notice "requests" Denver "notify DHS as early as practicable (at least 48 hours if possible) before the alien is released," so they could take custody. But Denver rejected outright 194 notice requests.

Worse, in 2017, Denver stopped sending DHS its daily booking sheets, which violates a federal law that makes it a felony to "conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, [an] alien in any place, including any building."...

Make no mistake, this bill was not about protecting the rights of [legal] immigrants. It protects only criminal [illegal alien] immigrants subject to deportation because of prior criminal convictions in state courts, or a deportation order from an immigration judge....