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It’ll be official today: Denver won’t play ball with the feds on immigration

Author: Dan Njegomir - August 31, 2017 - Updated: August 31, 2017

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As ColoradoPolitics.com’s Joey Bunch noted Tuesday, the Denver City Council made official this week its already-well-established resistance to the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown. The council action makes it a matter of black-letter law that Denver isn’t cooperating with feds.

Sure, it has been the practice of of the city all along not to work too closely with federal law enforcement when Denver police take immigrants into custody. But Monday night, the council adopted an ordinance codifying the city’s procedures — which is essentially a don’t-ask-don’t-tell approach regarding the immigration status of anyone locked up in Denver.

And today, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will sign that new policy into law along with a “complementary” he will issue on the subject. The mayor’s office issued a press release announcing the event:

…Hancock will sign Council Bill 0940, the Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act, into law, memorializing existing city policies and practices to reduce fear within the immigrant community and clarify for everyone that Denver is not engaging in immigration enforcement.

The mayor will also issue a complementary Executive Order to firmly establish Denver as a safe and welcoming city for all by promoting public safety through community trust; fostering respect and trust between community members and all city officials; ensuring all community members the rights and liberties that are guaranteed to them; and offering everyone the opportunity to enjoy Denver’s economic, cultural, political, and social life and providing the ability to succeed and thrive freely without fear.

And here’s more on the Thursday afternoon event:

WHO:                   Mayor Hancock

City Council members Robin Kniech and Paul López

Denver City Attorney’s Office

Community Coalition members

 

WHAT:                 Ordinance and Executive Order signing ceremony

 

WHEN:                 Today at 2:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:               Parr-Widener Community Room, 3rd Floor, City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St.

 

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is a blogger and opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.