The city of Denver, Colorado has come up with what the Washington Post calls a “creative way to fight back” against the Trump administration’s crackdown on sanctuary cities. They also use the term “surprisingly simple” in relaying the news to their readers. But there’s no liberal media bias. No, no, none at all.
So let’s take a look at Denver’s creative, surprisingly simple solution, via the Post:
Denver […] just passed a law aimed at protecting legal immigrants from being deported for committing relatively petty crimes, those carrying maximum sentences of 365 days — the federal government’s tripwire for kicking people out.
The city’s solution? Simply take a bunch of those relatively petty offenses and reduce the maximum penalty to less than 365 days. Just like that, the move takes the crimes (and their perpetrators) off the radar of immigration authorities.
It’s not a novel approach to protecting immigrants, but coming as a direct response to President Trump’s crackdown, it’s particularly timely.
How marvelous. Given the choice between cooperating with federal immigration authorities to make sure criminal aliens are deported and reducing the penalties for crimes against the citizenry, Denver went with the illegals. The voters must be thrilled.
Denver’s Mayor, Democrat Michael Hancock, said the new policy would send a clear message to the Trump administration that the Mile High City would not “bend to a broken immigration system.”
Well, no, it sends the message that Denver Democrats care more about illegal immigrants – i.e. people who should NOT BE IN THIS COUNTRY – than they do about law-abiding American citizens. And in the process of caring so deeply for these illegals, they’re willing to begin decriminalizing all manner of previously-punishable offenses.
What’s more – immigration activists aren’t even satisfied! They want the city to go even further and reduce sentences for higher-level offenses, since after all, there are still some criminal aliens who could wind up getting deported under the current system. The Denver Post reported that advocates want the city to lessen higher-level misdemeanor sentences to 364 days in jail to make sure those offenders don’t wind up on Trump’s radar. This would, according to Julie Gonzales of the Meyer Law Office, keep Denver out of the “business of immigration enforcement.”
Instead, it would put Denver in the business of protecting illegal immigrants at all costs.
Well, the Denver voters will have the last say on the matter when the City Councilmen and the mayor come up for re-election. If they won’t stop the Democrats from turning their city into a haven for criminals, why should the rest of us bother caring?