City council members Paul Lopez and Robin Kniech. A city council committee meeting on sentencing reform as it relates to undocumented immigrants, May 11, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Denver City Council members Paul Lopez and Robin Kniech want to enshrine the city’s practices and policies around immigration and law enforcement in an ordinance that would also end the practice of notifying immigration authorities when non-citizens are due to be released from jail.
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“The problem is that people are afraid to call the police,” Lopez said as he introduced the proposal at a Safety, Housing, Education and Homelessness Committee Wednesday.
Kniech said the proposal is about public safety, not “political pronouncements,” but it’s almost certain to further cement Denver’s reputation as a city at odds with the
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