Aurora Police made the right choice when it decided not to ask someone’s immigration status when they are the victim of or report a crime. But this sense of security was shattered when Aurora City Council voted to say that we are still not a sanctuary city. The two messages are at odds with each other, and we need a Council that is both consistent with existing policies and that protects the many Aurorans this decision affects.
At a September Ward IV candidate forum, I was the only At-Large candidate who publicly declared support for sanctuary cities. I did not hedge; I did not hesitate; and I did not avoid the question.
We often hear that immigrants, particularly those who are undocumented, pose a threat to our safety. The data, however, tells a different story – having more foreign-born residents correlates with lower violent and property crime rates. This holds true in the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood area, as well.
We cannot allow our policies to be driven by fear and hate, and we must have the courage to stand up for all Aurorans and Americans. I recommend reading the following article, as well as reaching out to Colorado People’s Alliance if you have additional questions about the benefits of supporting immigration.