The City of Denver Gives a Big Middle Finger to ICE and Immigration Laws

FILE - In this May 25, 2010 file photo, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent walks down the aisle among shackled Mexican immigrants a boarded a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement charter jet for deportation in the air between Chicago, Il. and Harlingen, Texas. A Homeland Security Department internal watchdog says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could have saved millions of dollars on charter flights carrying deported immigrants to their home countries by not leaving seats empty. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Wow, Denver, way to give a middle finger to the federal government and spit on our national sovereignty.

In a unanimous vote of 10-0, and to a standing ovation, the Denver City Council passed a measure that would block law enforcement from asking about an arrested person’s immigration status, or city officials from working with federal immigration officials.



From the Washington Examiner:

Denver will also now ignore Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests, and prevent ICE agents from conducting interviews in jails without a warrant.

“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,” Mayor Michael Hancock said in a statement.

How about standing with law and order?

I know. I’m talking about leftists here, so law and order is relative, in their eyes.

Part of what the ordinance mandates is that while the Denver Sheriff’s Department may have to inform ICE before they release illegal immigrants who have committed crimes, they’ll also alert those immigrants that ICE has been informed.

Kind of like giving them a head start.

ICE responded:

“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,” Denver’s Field Operation Director Jeffrey Lynch said in a statement.

This move by the Denver City Council comes during the same week that one state representative from El Paso County wrote a letter to President Trump, seeking the exact opposite of what they’ve done.

“I ask that you increase ICE raids and enforcements, lock federal funds to Denver, and that the Department of Justice investigate Denver officials for any violation of any applicable immigration, anti-smuggling, or obstruction of justice laws,” state Rep. Dave Williams, a Republican, wrote.


And cut those federal funds, if necessary.

In fact, the Denver City Council understand they could lose federal funds. They’re willing to sue to be allowed to continue to thwart federal law, however.

Which seems kind of entitled and petty, but… liberals.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new guidelines in July, that if jurisdictions do not follow, they could lose Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants. Denver would lose roughly $425,000 annually.

I’m a very big supporter of keeping the federal government as inconsequential as possible, with the bulk of power given to the states. That’s Tenth Amendment 101, folks.

That being said, part of the few powers actually assigned to the federal government is the protection of our borders. I’m going to say that includes setting guidelines for immigration into our nation.

The city of Denver, or the 10 liberals on the city council, to be exact, should not be allowed to violate federal law, when it comes to immigration policy, so how will the people of Denver respond?


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