We promised earlier this week to give PeakNation a rundown on where the candidates for governor stand on letting criminals, who are in this country illegally, go free after they are arrested for violent crimes, rather than detaining them and notifying ICE.
Also known as sanctuary cities.
But Denverite actually beat us to the bunch and did all the homework for us.
The issue is at the forefront in Colorado, again, because the Denver Sheriff’s department ignored a detainer that federal immigration officials requested on an illegal immigrant charged with DUI, vehicular homicide and fleeing the scene of the accident.
The suspect was set free after posting $2,500 for a $25,000 bond before Immigration could get to him.
In a nutshell, Republicans oppose sanctuary cities and policies like this while Democrats are wobbling on the issue.
Mike Johnston: He’s wobbling like a weeble and says that only in “rare circumstances” like crimes that threaten public safety should arrest information be shared with the feds. He didn’t say whether those criminals should actually be detained for the feds, just whether they should be reported. And not in cases of minor crimes, he said, like DUI, which also threatens public safety but apparently not enough.
Cary Kennedy: Doesn’t have a clue. She doesn’t want local and state officials to enforce any immigration laws, because illegal aliens need to feel safe so when they report crimes they won’t get deported. That means police would not have to detain violent suspects for ICE.
Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne: Another clueless one. See above position.
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis: At least this candidate actually addresses the key issue. Polis voted against the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” of 2017, and says that cities should only enforce whatever immigration laws they chose. So yes, he’s in favor of violent suspects going free without ICE notification.
Noel Ginsburg: He wants to “codify” Colorado as a sanctuary state but says we shouldn’t encourage people to come here illegally. “Get out of jail” cards for everyone!
Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton: He’s not beating around the bush and is campaigning to end sanctuary cities that threaten the safety of Coloradans. Under his watch, the suspect in last week’s hit-and-run would be in the hands of immigration officials, not running the streets on $2,500 bond.
Stephen Barlock: Does not support sanctuary cities but goes overboard in his enthusiasm, like wanting the National Guard to work with ICE officials.
Attorney General Cynthia Coffman: She doesn’t support sanctuary cities and goes a step further endorsing Attorney General Jeff Session’s lawsuit against California to force the state to comply.
Victor Mitchell: Does not support sanctuary cities and wants funding cut off to cities that harbor criminals.
Doug Robinson: Opposes sanctuary cities and criticized Denver for freeing suspected criminals who have gone on to commit more crimes.