The Department of Justice just proved how totally not xenophobic they are by threatening the city of Denver, Colorado, over their sanctuary city policies. Because, of course, they did.
A letter demanding the city turn over documents regarding their policies, which was addressed to police chief Robert White, reads:
Documents Requested: All documents reflecting any orders, directives, instructions, or guidance to your law enforcement employees (including, but not limited to, police officers, correctional officers, and contract employees), whether formal or informal, that were distributed, produced, and/or in effect during the relevant timeframe, regarding whether and how these employees may, or may not, communicate with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and/or Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or their agents, whether directly or indirectly.
Councilman Paul Lopez said that the city will comply with the request, but only when “we see judicial warrant just like every other enforcement agency has to acquire per the Constitution.”
As part of Trump’s ramped up anti-immigration efforts, 23 jurisdictions received similar letters on Wednesday, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and the states of Illinois, Oregon, and California.
Breaking: @TheJusticeDept sends a letter to Denver demanding documents and threatening subpeana over belief Denver is a sanctuary city. Denver one of 23 cities across US targeted today. Here is the letter: #kdvr #kwgn pic.twitter.com/5HVt8eC1OE
— Joe St. George (@JoeStGeorge) January 24, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly insisted that “sanctuary city” policies are to blame for crime and gang violence.
“We have seen too many examples of the threat to public safety represented by jurisdictions that actively thwart the federal government’s immigration enforcement – enough is enough,” Sessions said on Wednesday.
Supporters of sanctuary cities call bullshit on Sessions’ unfounded claims. They argue that the policies actually help to promote trust between police and the immigrant communities they are supposed to serve and protect, which allows police to focus on the real problems facing America today.