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Denver Officials Want ICE Agents to Back Off Arresting Illegal Immigrants at ‘Sensitive Locations’

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock — along with 18 officials from the Colorado city, local school system, and surrounding county — sent a letter to the field director of ICE in nearby Centennial on Thursday, demanding that the federal immigration enforcement agency not conduct operations at “sensitive” areas, such as schools and courtrooms.

The CBS affiliate in Denver detailed the circumstances surrounding the letter on Thursday. The mayor, who considers Denver an unofficial “sanctuary city,” cited an “ICE enforcement action at a residence directly adjacent” to Colorado High School Charter on March 14, 2017. The school is apparently “located in a Denver neighborhood that serves a large immigrant population.”

Mayor Hancock, along with the signatories of the letter, emphasized, “We believe this enforcement action, particularly because it was scheduled to occur during the morning drop-off period, may have violated both the letter and the spirit of your sensitive location policy.”

They added, “We strongly urge ICE to refrain from future enforcement actions near schools in Denver that do not comport with the sensitive locations policy.”

The CBS story quoted from Misty Archibeque, the parent of a student at the high school, who criticized the ICE operation: “I don’t think they should be doing it around kids and near schools.”

The letter also pointed out how “video taken during the incident shows ICE agents wearing black uniforms with the word ‘POLICE’ in large white block letters. The word ‘ICE’ was much smaller and below the word ‘POLICE.'” The officials claimed that “these types of uniforms lead to confusion and fear within our community as many mistakenly assume that our local police are involved in immigration enforcement actions.”

Mayor Hancock then underlined that “our local police rely on information and cooperation from our immigrant community to protect the entire city. Identifying yourselves as ‘police’ confuses and erodes the trust between our local police and the immigrant community endangering the community at large.”

An ICE spokesperson quoted by the CBS affiliate responded to the controversy by stating that their agents “avoid schools… unless they have approval from a supervisor or under exigent circumstances.”

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