Gov. Ritter Gives Immigrants Brush Off After Signing Secure Communities
Governor Bill Ritter has signed the Secure Communities Initiative, which will join Colorado police databases with federal databases and especially Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Latino activists were given a "brush off" at the Governor’s office today as they sought answers about why the Governor had betrayed them.
Gov. Ritter (D-CO.) anounces he has signed the Secure Communities Initiative to a disappointed crowd.
In an exclusive interview with Immigrants2bfree, Evan Dryer, press secretary for Governor Bill Ritter, said the Governor had performed a “balancing act.” He was choosing between the interests of local and federal police to share confidential information regarding citizens, and the rights of citizens and immigrants to trust in their law enforcement officials. After considering the interests of all parties, Gov. Ritter sided with law enforcement, Dryer said.
“I am very busy. It is all there in the press release.” Dryer grumbled to immigrants2bfree.
Meanwhile, Dryer spent a considerable amount of time with a “friendly” reporter from the Denver Post to whom he fed the story. Dryer indicated the program would be performed in test counties, likely in Denver and its suburb of Arapahoe County. El Paso County, encompassing Colorado Springs, would also join as one of the first communities to sign onto the database.
Unique to Colorado, ICE will be required to provide reports on a quarterly basis regarding certain cases, including those which affect Colorado’s domestic violence laws.
Protesting on Capitol Steps against Secure Communities. Ritter did not keep his promise to tell the activist when he signed the law. It had already been signed as the Activist met at the Capitol.
When asked what mechanisms were built into the law to insure against abuses by law enforcement, Dryer became uncooperative.
“Of course there are safeguards built into the law.” Dryer said.Continued on the next page