That is the question plaguing the department that has allowed two undocumented immigrants to go free on the streets in recent weeks.
The first illegal alien, Ivan Zamarripa-Castaneda was being held on charges of vehicular homicide, but bonded out of jail early in the morning on March 10, 2018.
Unfortunately, the Denver Police Department did not contact Immigration and Customs Enforcement to notify them that the suspect would be posting bond until AFTER he was released.
ICE specifically requested they be contacted BEFORE Zamarripa-Castaneda posted bond.
The Denver Sheriff called for an internal investigation into why ICE was not contacted in a more timely manner, but the investigation is unlikely to reveal anything.
He has since turned himself in to ICE, possibly in an attempt to avoid his charges for vehicular homicide.
The second illegal immigrant wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez, escaped deputies Monday, March 19, 2018 at Denver Health Medical Center by jumping a fence and making a run for it.
SWAT later went door to door in nearby neighborhoods with their weapons drawn in an attempt to find the suspect, but he remains at large and is considered dangerous.
It is unacceptable that our local police are allowing dangerous criminal suspects to go free on our streets, intentionally or otherwise.
Our police departments have a duty to protect citizens, and the city of Denver, Colorado is making it extremely difficult for officers to do their jobs due to terrible sanctuary policies.
The argument is our police departments should not be doing the jobs of ICE agents.
While it is true our police officers should not do another agency’s job, a simple phone call to let ICE agents know a potentially dangerous illegal immigrant is about to post bond in no way constitutes “doing the job of ICE.”
What the Denver Police Department would have been doing by contacting ICE is protecting the people of Colorado, which is exactly their job.