The proliferation of so-called ‘Sanctuary Cities’ is a direct threat to public safety and rule of law in Colorado. These policies have put new challenges in front of our law enforcement community who have now been told by certain jurisdictions to ignore federal immigration laws. No Sheriff, Police Chief or any of our public safety officer should EVER be fearful of retaliation or litigation simply for upholding their oath office to ensure public safety in Colorado.
A recent decision by the city of Denver to fine and punish city employees that cooperate with federal immigration authorities is an egregious example of our local government holding back the law enforcement community from properly carrying out their duties. As governor, I will work to end Sanctuary Cities and the practice of local governments shielding illegal immigrants from the law. I will explore any avenue to prevent jurisdictions from pursuing these types of dangerous policies and will work to restore a cooperative relationship between local, state and federal law enforcement that ensures Colorado remains a safe and prosperous community.