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Rep. Polis Statement on Colorado Counties Ending Compliance with ICE Detainer Requests

Published: Apr 30, 2014 By: Press release

WASHINGTON, DC —Representative Jared Polis (CO-02) today made the following statement in response to announcements from numerous Colorado counties that they will no longer submit to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests:


“As the House Republicans continue to block the passage of comprehensive immigration reform, individual states and counties across the country are being pressed into making tough decisions on how to balance enforcement of the law with the protection of civil liberties and the unjust separation of families. In Colorado, we are now seeing counties come to the realization that immigration detainers are simply requests.


“Recent federal litigation has found that submitting to ICE detainer requests by holding individuals well past their release date represents a clear violation of the 4th Amendment, thereby subjecting counties to significant civil liability. Discontinuing the practice of submitting to these requests is the only way that individual counties will be able to shield themselves from a rash of lawsuits by those held on detainers.


“Across Colorado thousands of families have been torn apart when a mom or a dad gets pulled over in a traffic stop and local law enforcement holds him or her for ICE. I hope that as DHS Secretary Johnson conducts his review of deportation policies, he will address the need to enhance due process protections, save federal dollars, and prevent the unjust separation of American families that so often occurs under existing federal detainer policies.”


“I would like to thank Sheriff Joe Pelle for his courage and leadership in making the right decision for the people of Boulder County. I would also like to thank Violeta Chapin of the CU Law School for all of her work in making detainer reform in Boulder a reality.”


Congressman Jared Polis

2nd District, Colorado | 1433 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515 |polis.house.gov

Media Release: April 30, 2014        Contact: Scott Overland, (202) 225-2161

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