Mi Familia Vota: Aurora City Council Acted Out of Fear, But Our Community Continues to Push for Due Process Rights For All



May 16, 2017



Salvador Hernandez | salvadorh@mifamiliavota.org | 702.353.8979

Mi Familia Vota: Aurora City Council Acted Out of Fear, But Our Community Continues to Push for Due Process Rights For All

DENVER — After dozens testified against a resolution by the Aurora City Council that stated the city was not a sanctuary city, it passed with a 6-4 vote yesterday night. Advocates are disappointed at the lack of foresight exhibited by the city in not acknowledging the unintended consequences the resolution will have by deterring people from interacting with the Aurora Police Department (APD) and jeopardizing the trust the APD continually works to maintain.

“We want to make sure our neighbors and friends, immigrants and citizens alike, feel welcome in the community they help make vibrant,” said Carla Castedo, Colorado state director with Mi Familia Vota. “This type of resolution points out that the city council is more concerned with what a few anti-immigrant folks think as opposed to showing true leadership by asserting that it will disentangle ICE collaboration in our local jurisdiction.”

Salvador Hernandez, Civic Engagement Coordinator with Mi Familia Vota, also added, “It is integral for the immigrant community of Aurora to be able to trust their local police department and this anti-sanctuary resolution will damage the trust that exists between the community and law enforcement officers.”

Mi Familia Vota (MFV) will continue to ensure Aurora is a welcoming city. Although MFV provided the Aurora City Council a sample resolution that reflected welcoming language used by other cities, they chose instead to focus on language driven by fear.

These votes came weeks after a California judge issued an injunction on the provision that would allow President Trump to withhold money from sanctuary cities. Although community members thought this would compel the Aurora City Council to act on behalf of the best interest of their constituents, it did not.

“If the Aurora City Council acts out of fear, what kind of message does this send to the community?” concluded Castedo. “We are not spending time on resolutions that clearly state we are following the law, which begs the question of the true intent of this resolution. Fortunately, we’re resilient in Aurora. We will persevere in pushing for inclusive policies and ensure our community continues to be part of our democratic system. We deserve respect and accountability from those who represent us.”