If you’re proud of what you’re doing, you’re going to tell the world. You’re not going to slip in some legislation, calling it an internal order. Colorado Governor Jared Polis has shown that he is a bit shadier than he makes himself out to be. Perhaps he’s been taking notes from California’s Governor Newsom.
The Colorado Governor is all about helping immigrants. Rather than allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to do their job and follow federal guidelines regarding immigration, he’d rather offer protection in the form of sanctuary cities.
Governor Polis issued some new policy guidance to state agencies very quietly. He wanted to ensure that personal data is not issued to federal entities with the intention of using it for immigration enforcement. This directive prevents ICE from obtaining such data as Social Security numbers, driver’s licenses, addresses, birthdays, and more, if solely related to federal immigration enforcement.
Why would he provide this guidance so quietly? Perhaps he knew that it would cause an upset.
Colorado hasn’t always been a Democratic state. Further, it’s barely a Democratic state. In the 2016 elections, 43 percent of people chose to vote Republican.
Polis handed down the policy on Wednesday but media wasn’t told about it until Friday. Polis’s office says that the reason for the delay in being told is that it was an internal order as opposed to being an executive order. That seems to be a bit too shady for what most people deem acceptable.
Whether the governor likes it or not, ICE is a regulatory body of the federal government. They’re following federal law when they go after suspected illegal aliens. ICE isn’t just a Republican thing or a Trump thing, either. Obama used ICE, too, which was one of the reasons why he earned the reputation for the many deportations that occurred during the time he was in office.
Polis has a history of not wanting to help ICE. In May of last year, he signed a bill that prohibited state law enforcement from arresting any suspected illegal alien based on an ICE request. The same law prevents law enforcement from providing the personal information of a suspected illegal alien to ICE. State police are also required to read Miranda rights to an illegal alien if an ICE interview is being conducted.
While the Constitution protects immigrants in some ways, it doesn’t protect in other ways. Most of the verbiage applies to all people, not just citizens. However, immigration courts don’t provide a lot of rights. When under oath, most immigrants will admit that they have crossed the borders illegally. It doesn’t leave much room for interpretation.
It seems as though Polis is a bit confused about what an illegal alien is. When they are in the country illegally, they have already committed a crime. By creating the “internal policy” of not assisting with ICE, he has decided that he’s going to harbor a bunch of fugitives—and ensure that the state police harbor them as well.
Polis simply decided that he was going to create an internal policy as opposed to an executive order so that he didn’t have to publicize what he did. When given the choice, he’d rather make up his own rules rather than follow the federal guidelines. Further, he has decided that it would be better not to draw attention to what he did since he doesn’t want to upset his constituents.
The Democratic Governor is also looking to keep things peaceful so that he can stay in office a bit longer. When he won the gubernatorial election, it marked the fourth Democratic governor in a row for Colorado. He hardly won by a landslide, however. 53.4 percent of the population voted for him while 42.8 percent voted for his Republican competitor, Walker Stapleton.
With a shady move like what Polis just pulled off, he may not get so lucky in 2022. While plenty of Democrats want to protect immigrants, the Republicans don’t. Further, when the illegal immigrants start breaking other laws, as is common in sanctuary cities, the Democrats may realize just how dangerous Polis’s actions were.