ACLU will announce additional counties that will reject ICE requests to detain residents without criminal warrants or legal justification
April 30, 2014
DENVER – Several counties around the state have announced over the last 48 hours that they will stop honoring immigration detainers from federal authorities that request that a person be held in jail for 48 hours or longer after they would otherwise be released.
Yesterday, the ACLU of Colorado sent letters to every sheriff in the state calling into question the legal authority under Colorado state law to detain people at the behest of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Sheriffs from around the state have responded by announcing that they will no longer honor the holds.
This afternoon, at a press conference at the offices of the ACLU of Colorado, we will announce additional counties that have agreed to stop detaining people past their release date, and immigration advocates and community leaders will weigh in on the recent developments, giving perspective on the community impact of these decisions.
Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez
Julie Gonzalez, Colorado Latino Forum
Brendan Greene, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
Alexis Menocal Harrigan, Intercambio Denver
Violeta Chapin, University of Colorado Law School
Mark Silverstein, American Civil Liberties Union
Hans Meyer, Immigration Attorney
ACLU of Colorado
303 E. 17th Ave. Suite 350
Denver, CO 80203
1:00 pm MT
John Krieger, ACLU of Colorado Communications Director
Read the ACLU letter to Colorado Sheriffs here: http://static.aclu-co.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/2014-04-21-Wilson-Silverstein.pdf