In de­fense of coun­cil mem­bers’ pro­posal on im­mi­grant holds

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Paul Yum­bla, Naomi W. Nishi,

“City ICE plan goes too far,” July 26 ed­i­to­rial.

As a Den­ver res­i­dent, I have been ap­palled and scared since the elec­tion. I’m ap­palled at the level of hate com­ing from the fed­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion that I now see in this city I love so much. I feel scared of the poli­cies that threaten to tear apart thou­sands more fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing my own.

As a DACA re­cip­i­ent, I have been able to work do­ing what I love, con­tribut­ing to our econ­omy. I am anx­iously await­ing the fate of DACA. Mean­while, at the lo­cal level, our city’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Im­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment has me equally stressed.

Al­low­ing ICE to en­ter schools, churches and court­houses and al­low­ing ICE to pick up peo­ple in jail — when we know re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and a just and fair crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem will al­ways be more ef­fec­tive — has to end. The pro­posed city or­di­nance will do just this, and with it will come a truly safe and wel­com­ing city for all.

Den­ver The writer is a Den­ver teacher and a fel­low with Padres & Jóvenes Unidos.

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I was frus­trated to read your re­sponse to Den­ver City Coun­cil mem­bers Robin Kniech and Paul Lopez’s bill. To sug­gest that this bill is sim­ply a knee-jerk re­ac­tion to Don­ald Trump is of­fen­sive and misses the big­ger is­sue. The pro­posed bill is not in vi­o­la­tion of any fed­eral laws and re­peat­edly states that city of­fi­cials must com­ply with fed­eral law. Se­condly, we’ve seen what hap­pens when cities or states sup­port anti-im­mi­grant leg­is­la­tion in Ari­zona and Texas. Fam­i­lies are torn apart, more tax dol­lars are spent, any­one un­doc­u­mented stops re­port­ing crimes even when they’re the vic­tims, and Latino peo­ple are even more the tar­gets of racism. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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