This week, the Trump administration made good on its promise: DHS posted a report on its website purportedly showing all declined detainers between January 28 and February 3.
According to the report, 206 out of 3,083 detainer requests across the country that week were not honored, and they included jails in four counties in Colorado: Denver, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld.
The declined detainer from Denver County concerned an individual who was allegedly in jail for driving under the influence.
But as Westword noted in the February 2 article, “Does Trump Consider Denver a Sanctuary City Based on ICE Reports?,” the fact that Denver's local law enforcement does not cooperate with ICE detainers suggests that the Trump administration may already consider Denver a “sanctuary jurisdiction” — even if, unlike some cities like San Francisco or Boston, Denver has not gone so far as to issue a proclamation or pass policy declaring itself a sanctuary city.
At the time of that article, when asked about the possibility of DHS publishing weekly reports of declined detainers, Mayor Hancock's spokeswoman Amber Miller said, "Posting the [declined] detainers is, in our view, an act of bullying and trying to push us to act unconstitutionally. We're not going to do that. The mayor has said that from day one of being in office.”
has said it will sue the federal government if it pulls federal funding from Denver on the basis of the city not voluntarily helping federal immigration enforcement.
When asked about the DHS report published this week, Miller says, “Denver does not shield criminals, and we will always honor federal warrants. We're focused on enacting policies and practices that protect people’s safety and their rights, including the rights of immigrants, while allowing federal authorities to focus on immigration enforcement that removes dangerous and violent felons from our streets. We should all focus on creating a system where federal and local governments respect each others' respective roles and work together to eliminate any gaps."
Simon Crittle from the Denver Sheriff Department said that his office is still reviewing the accuracy of the report. “The ICE report is very unclear,” he says.