Denver waits for an answer from DHS
CITY AUTHORITIES REQUESTED TO STOP ARRESTS IN COURTS AND SCHOOLS
Newsroom/El Comercio de Colorado
The government of the City of Denver are still waiting for an answer from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding immigration-related arrests that take place in courts and near schools. “We haven’t received a formal answer to our letter. We have testimonial evidence from undocumented citizens who have skipped court dates or have missed school due to fear from being arrested by DHS officials,” said Jenna Espinoza, spokesperson for the City of Denver.
On the mentioned letter, Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver, and Tom Boasberg, Superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS), condemned the fact that ICE agents have made arrests at local courts and near a local school. Per the letter, this strategy “confuses and erodes the trust between our police force and the immigrant community, endangering the community in general.”
The letter to ICE was a “simple request” so that people can “continue with their everyday lives.” “What the city is requesting is that ICE respects the courts and the schools, and for them not to prevent individuals from fulfilling their everyday commitments,” explained Espinoza. The spokeswoman also emphasized that Denver wants to cooperate with ICE to “find and deport dangerous criminals.”