Constitutional Rights of Denver as a Sanctuary City

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Sean S. Cuff

On February 15, 2018, the president of Denver’s police union spoke before Congress regarding the city’s recent immigration ordinance. Testifying in front of the House Border and Immigration Subcommittee, Nick Rodgers told lawmakers he thought the city’s ordinance was unsafe and made it difficult to arrest immigrant drug dealers. These comments came in response to a recent Denver city ordinance that banned police and city officials from asking about or sharing anyone’s immigration status. In fact, the same day Denver passed its immigration ordinance, it joined thirty-five other cities and counties across the country in filing a legal brief to support Chicago’s lawsuit challenging new federal grant restrictions on “sanctuary cities.”

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