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Illegal Immigration

Denver Officially Refuses Immigration Enforcement

Written by Joe Scudder

While the city refuses immigration enforcement, it worries about Federal grant money.

After watching the video below about how the Denver City Council refuses immigration enforcement on the part of its police and others, I’m curious about how voter registration is done in Colorado. Among all the rhetoric about how illegal immigrants should be welcome in Denver and should be able to live their lives without any fear of law enforcement, it hard not to question this. I wonder how the people in that City Council feel about illegal immigrants voting in their city.

Fox 2 reports, “Denver City Council passes controversial immigration protections.

The Denver City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday limiting how the city works with federal immigration officials.

The Denver Public Safety Enforcement Priorities Act passed, 10-0, and bans city officials from asking an arrested individual’s immigration status.

The city also will ignore U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests and ban ICE from conducting in-person jail interviews without a warrant.

Exceptions include necessary peacekeeping or following a warrant from a federal judge.


Mayor Michael Hancock said state Rep. Dave Williams from El Paso County is just trying to make headlines and the new ordinance complies with federal law.

“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.

Read the full Fox 2 story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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