Building trust, dignity, family unity, and equal protection under the constitution!

BACKGROUND – When President Obama announced DAPA and expanded DACA on November 20th 2014, he also released new guidelines for immigration enforcement.  The changes were made because of years of community action against police-ICE collaboration throughout the US. Colorado’s own “show me your papers” law that required police to act as immigration was repealed in 2013 thanks to many brave people sharing their stories through the Colorado Immigrant Right Coalition’s (CIRC) story collection hotline. In 2014 Colorado banned ICE holds in every county of the state because the requests for police to detain people beyond the time of release for ICE to come pick them up have been found to be unconstitutional.

But the new guidelines also created the Priority Enforcement Program – “PEP Comm” – which shares the fingerprints of everyone booked in jail with ICE. Instead of sending an ICE Hold request, ICE now asks for communication from local law enforcement about individuals they are interested in.  Already we are seeing the impact of this new policy, for instance ICE having a regular presence in courtrooms and showing up at probation appointments.  As a result, people are afraid to go to court. President Obama used the catch phrase “Felons Not Families” to justify criminalizing immigrants and expanding deportations.

TU VOZ ES EL PODER, COLORADO TE ESCUCHA is a statewide campaign to collect stories of recent police/ICE collaborations and ICE activities in order to monitor what ICE is doing now, see how new policies are impacting community trust in the police, and gather evidence to support long term policy changes that further limit collaboration between local law enforcement and ICE.



CIRC has created an interactive curriculum to teach communities about their rights when confronted with ICE or police.  The trainings include: What is the difference between ICE and different police forces; brief overview of current deportation practices; ICE showing up at court; ICE/police conducting a home raid; police traffic stop; Paying bond at the local jail; and Getting your loved one released from jail if there is an ICE hold.

If you are interested in a KYR training for your community or becoming a trainer, please contact Sophia Clark at 

If you are trying to locate your loved one in immigration detention, here is the ICE online detainee locator link:

What is the IMPACT Act? The IMPACT Act seeks to:

  • Clarify relationships between immigrant communities and local law enforcement, and obligations between local law enforcement and federal immigration.
  • Affirm Constitutional protections for all who call Colorado home.
  • Protect law enforcement agencies from potential situations of liability.
  • Help ensure equitable treatment in bond and bail.
  • Create a clear line between smart, community policing through local law enforcement agencies and federal immigration enforcement responsibilities while increasing community trust and safety.

Why does IMPACT matter?

  • Many practices used by federal immigration enforcement can create potential liabilities for local law enforcement agencies and potential violations of Constitutional protections.
  • Federal use of local law enforcement agencies to do the work of civil, federal agencies undermines the community trust that local law enforcement agencies depend upon to keep communities safe.
  • Creating a continuity of trust in interactions between local law enforcement agencies, immigrant communities, and federal immigration agencies helps to protect law enforcement agencies, uphold Constitutional protections, and improve community trust.
  • These important protections will help keep Colorado’s families together.