Denver, Aurora police will not change nonenforcement policy on immigration

DENVER — Police in Denver and Aurora will not be changing their nonenforcement policies on immigration, both departments said Tuesday.

Officials from both departments issued statements on immigration enforcement after President-elect Donald Trump said he wants to deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants who have criminal records.

“Since the election, many questions have been raised about Aurora Police Department’s current non-enforcement policy on immigration. Specifically, people are asking if we intend to change our policy,” Chief Nick Metz said in a statement posted on Facebook. “The simple answer is: No.

“Officers will not enforce, investigate, or detain individuals based on their immigration status. Our policy is not based on politics or personal philosophy. It is based on public safety. It is our goal to ensure that all individuals within Aurora feel safe in reporting emergencies and working closely with the APD to ensure our city remains a safe place for all.”

The Denver Police Department also issued a statement saying it would not change its policies on immigration enforcement.

“Immigration enforcement is handled at the federal level – not by local law enforcement. The Denver Police Department has not participated in those enforcement efforts in the past and will not be involved in the future,” officials said.