CIRC Statement: Sessions & Community Safety – More Empty Threats

January 24, 2018
(Denver, CO) – Cristian Solano-Córdova, Spokesperson for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) issued the following statement in response to the latest threat from the Justice Department against the Denver City Public Safety Ordinance:

“We are proud of the ordinance the Denver City Council passed last year. The ordinance makes Denver a better place to live and ensures that everyone can participate in the safety of our community.

Our communities and the Denver City Council put much work and research into passing this measure. We are confident and in agreement with the Denver City Attorney’s review of the legislation, which found that is is in compliance with Federal law.

To the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Jeff Sessions’ threat to subpoena seems like an attempt to distract from a looming government shutdown based on the administration’s inability to work with Congress to pass a clean DREAM Act, something 80% of Americans agree with. The threat is a way for this administration to excite its base and try to instill fear in our communities.

If the Trump Administration wants to subpoena our city legislators, they are welcome to waste taxpayer time and money doing so. The Denver ordinance enforces the Constitution and requires that ICE get a judicial warrant, like the rest of our justice system, instead of seeking warrantless arrests. We are within the constitution and within the bounds of federal law in Denver and focussed on keeping our local communities strong and safe. We hope the federal government will do the same. “

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The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state. CIRC achieves this mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education, and advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies. Learn more at coloradoimmigrant.org or on Twitter at @CIRCimmigrant