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People detained by ICE during enforcement operation in Granby Thursday

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 18:45:22-04

GRANBY, Colo. – A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official has confirmed agents were conducting enforcement operations in the Town of Granby Thursday morning.

Ski Hi News reported ICE agents were in the area of US 40 between 7 and 8 a.m. Thursday. It’s unclear how many people were detained.

A spokeswoman with the Granby Police Department told Denver7 they were also at the scene, saying they were providing traffic control “for another agency’s operation,” but would not confirm any arrests as she could not comment on the details of any other agency’s operation.

The ICE official provided the following statement to Denver7 Thursday afternoon:

“ICE deportation officers carry out targeted enforcement operations daily nationwide as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety, and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls. These operations involve existing and established Fugitive Operations Teams.

“During targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter other aliens illegally present in the United States. These aliens are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and, when appropriate, they are arrested by ICE officers.”

A group of immigration advocates that monitors ICE activity throughout the state says two people were detained; one of them was a person ICE was looking for, the other a bystander.

A spokesperson with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office said they’re still learning more about the enforcement operation and would not comment at this point.