DENVER – Amid a string of recent high-profile detainments by federal immigration agents in the Denver area, a host of immigrants’ rights organizations are pushing Denver officials to expand the city's pro-immigrant policies.
Hernandez, a 44-year-old Mexican native, has had several applications for stays of removal denied in the past several years after he was scheduled for deportation in 2010, despite criminal charges in his case eventually being dropped.
The immigrants’ rights groups presented a policy aimed at expanding rights for undocumented immigrants in Denver to the mayor and city council.
"They have made public statements that we are a safe and welcoming city that’s really not enough for us," said Corrine Rivera Fowler, an organizer.
The top three demands include no ICE holds, no ICE notifications and a request to honor sensitive areas like a courthouse or school.
ICE enforcement in the Denver area has been the subject of much attention in recent months, as President Donald Trump’s administration refocuses its efforts on detaining and deporting people living in the U.S. illegally.
“Orange is the New Black” actress Diane Guerrero attended the event to discuss growing up without her deported parents.