Any conversation on immigration needs to begin by recognizing two historical truths that are often left out of the discussion.
1) U.S. immigration courts, ICE and Border Patrol agents, and the state and federal governments that have appointed themselves to create the policies, interpret those policies, and enforce what they perceive to be settled law are all operating on stolen land that was obtained through genocide, forced relocation, broken treaties, and crimes against humanity that continue to this day.
2) This system is solely built on race and national origin with only white-land owning men considered to be citizens with the right to vote and hold office when the Constitution was written
Considering these two facts, it should not be surprising that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency which was created in 2003, in the same suite of post-9/11 legislation as the Patriot Act and the Iraq War, have made it their mission to expand their power with absolutely zero accountability while targeting Coloradans throughout the state based on the color of their skin and their national origin . In Colorado we have see the consequences of allowing this massive violation of human rights : young children are being ripped from their parents and kept in detention centers without due process. In a private Aurora ICE Processing Center, Kamyar Samimi died on May 20th, 2019 while in ICE’s custody as officials refused to give him proper medical care.
This is inexcusable, immoral, and we all need to summon the courage to stand-up and ban ICE from Colorado.
Colorado can lead the way in the United States on how we choose to confront this injustice during this pivotal moment in our history. Our state has a dark past of operating and profiting off of Japanese American internment camps during World War II. We need to pass legislation to end private ICE facilities, to ban ICE from detaining and arresting our Colorado community, and if Congress will not create a pathway to citizenship, then we must act as a state to protect those who have the same right to be here as everyone else.