If nothing else, the Trump administration has forced cities to stand up and declare once and for all whose side they are on – the side of American citizens who want to see the law enforced, or the side of illegal immigrants who violated that law to come to this country? And in this war of culture, economics, and law, the city of Denver, CO just picked out its uniform; they’re siding with the illegals.
The Denver City Council unanimously passed the Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act on Monday, which bans city officials from inquiring as to the immigration status of any individuals arrested by local police. The ordinance also outlines how city officials will comply with detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Long story short, they won’t. Nor will ICE officials be allowed to conduct jail interviews in Denver without a court warrant.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was unapologetically supportive of the new ordinance, joining mayors like New York’s Bill de Blasio and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel in defiance of Trump’s mission to find and deport illegal immigrant criminals.
“Denver is sending a clear and resolute message to our community that we stand with the immigrant and refugee communities and are committed to remaining a city that is safe and welcoming for all,” Hancock said. “Local government’s ability to protect and serve all of our people is enhanced when community members feel safe coming forward as either a victim of or a witness to a crime, regardless of their legal status.”
Hancock said that the city council’s ordinance was only one of many measures Denver was taking to make itself a safe refuge for those who actually don’t belong in the U.S.
“Along with this new ordinance, I look forward to signing a complementary executive order that will establish a legal defense fund; create a working group to track developments and policy around immigration; protect victims of crime regardless of their immigration status; assist children and families who become separated by the country’s broken immigration system; and continue coordinating actions for immigrants and refugees,” he said.
Denver’s ICE outpost quickly fired off a response to the mayor’s statement, accusing the city of harboring criminals for no better reason than to pander to liberals and Hispanic voters.
“By passing this irresponsible ordinance, the City of Denver’s leadership has codified a dangerous policy that deliberately obstructs our country’s lawful immigration system, protects serious criminal alien offenders, and undermines public safety,” ICE official Jeffrey Lynch said in a statement. “Our goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners. While we will continue our efforts to work with Denver’s city government in support of public safety, it is disappointing that they have taken such an extreme step in the wrong direction.”
Ultimately, the voters in these cities will decide if their representatives are working for them…or for people who should be deported back to their home countries.