Colorado sheri≠s say they’re per­plexed by new Trump im­mi­gra­tion sham­ing list

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Noelle Phillips

An Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment list pub­lished for the first time this week left Colorado’s sher­iffs scratch­ing their heads over how and why the fed­eral gov­ern­ment is choos­ing to pub­licly shame lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies that it says are not co­op­er­at­ing.

The list, promised by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion as part of its pledge to crack down on im­mi­grants liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally, names lo­cal jails and ju­ris­dic­tions that ICE says have not co­op­er­ated with de­tainer re­quests.

How­ever, sher­iffs are ar­gu­ing the list does not make sense and is not in­for­ma­tive about what ac­tu­ally hap­pens when their jails re­lease some­one ICE wants to de­port.

For ex­am­ple, County Sher­iffs of Colorado, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that rep­re­sents the state’s sher­iffs, is listed as a ju­ris­dic­tion that has a pol­icy lim­it­ing co­op­er­a­tion with ICE. But the or­ga­ni­za­tion doesn’t set pol­icy for in­di­vid­ual de­part­ments, said Larimer County Sher­iff Justin Smith, who also serves as the group’s pres­i­dent.

“On our end, it feels like in­tim­i­da­tion,” said. “I don’t think any of us be­lieves that be­cause we won’t vi­o­late the Fourth Amend­ment or vi­o­late case law that we’re pro­vid­ing sanc­tu­ary.”

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has said he in­tends to with­hold fed­eral fund­ing from so-called sanc­tu­ary cities. But Smith said he doesn’t see how the list could serve as legal ev­i­dence of a county pro­vid­ing sanc­tu­ary.

“I would be shocked to see them push it based on this list,” he said.

ICE plans to re­lease its “De­clined De­tainer Out­come Re­port,” weekly. Four ju­ris­dic­tions in Colorado made the first re­port for de­clin­ing 11 de­tain­ers be­tween Jan. 28 and Feb. 3. Boul­der County Jail ac­counted for six of those de­tain­ers.

Boul­der County Sher­iff Joe Pelle told The Daily Cam­era it is not his job to en­force fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion laws and he doesn’t want the job, ei­ther. In­stead, he would pre­fer to build trust­ing re­la­tion­ships with im­mi­grant com­mu­ni­ties.

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