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Public Safety Enforcement Priority Act Passes

August 2, 2017

Public Safety Enforcement Priority Act Overwhelmingly Passes First Test

Faith leaders, advocates for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and immigrant

rights champions call on Denver City Council to support council ordinance


August 2nd, 2017 – (Denver, CO) On a 5-1 vote, Denver City Council's Safety, Housing,

Education & Homelessness Committee voted to pass the Public Safety Enforcement Priority Act.

The ordinance is now headed to the full city council for a first reading vote on August 21, 2017.

Council members Paul López, Robin Kniech, Stacie Gilmore, Paul Kashmann, and Wayne New

voted in support of the ordinance, while Councilman Kevin Flynn opposed.

“The people who are directly impacted by this policy have demonstrated that this policy

matters to make Denver a safer city,” said Denver At-Large Councilwoman Robin Kniech, one of

the ordinance’s sponsors.


The vote happened less than 24 hours after Mayor Hancock’s staff informed the Denver Post of

a potential executive order aimed at protecting the immigrant community. While the Mayor’s

support is welcomed by many, Kniech and Lopez’s policy creates two critical protections absent

from the Mayor’s current draft: 1) all Denver city employees would be prohibited from

communication and collaboration with ICE, and 2) the Denver Sheriff Department would no

longer send notification information to ICE about the time and place of an individual’s release

from the Denver county jail without a warrant.


“Mayor Hancock, thank you for your renewed interest in the well-being and safety of our

immigrant community. Help us make Denver stronger and safer by working with us to pass this

ordinance that has been crafted with leadership and input from community members,” said

Corrine Rivera-Fowler of Padres y Jóvenes Unidos.


Responding to Councilman Flynn’s concerns that this proposal would create false hope,

Salvador Hernandez of Mi Familia Vota responded, “False hopes is telling Denverites that we

are safe and welcoming, while allowing Denver employees to continue communicating with ICE.

In the last fiscal year, at least 279 undocumented Denver residents were deported as a direct

result of Denver Sheriff Department’s compliance with ICE requests. This policy will defend

Denver residents from ICE’s federal overreach.”