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Denver District Attorney Beth McCann joins challenge to Trump administration’s immigration policies

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann joined 32 other prosecutors and police leaders in challenging the Trump administration’s effort to tie funding for law enforcement to a city’s immigration policies.

McCann signed onto a brief to support the city of Los Angeles in its lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Los Angeles lawsuit argues against a Sessions policy to show preference when awarding grants from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to cities that pledge to assist with federal immigration enforcement.

The brief McCann signed argues that the Sessions policy would harm the trust and respect local law enforcement needs to have with local communities because people who fear deportation would not cooperate with criminal investigations. Local communities need to limit that cooperation in order to maintain those relationships, the brief said.

“When community residents live in constant fear that interactions with local law enforcement officials could result in deportation, there is a fundamental breakdown in trust that threatens public safety and impedes justice system leaders from doing their jobs,” the legal brief said. “Extensive evidence shows that undocumented immigrants — and their lawfully present family and neighbors — fear that turning to the police and cooperating with prosecutors would bring adverse immigration consequences. As a result, immigrant communities are less willing to report crimes and cooperate with criminal investigations and prosecutions. This fundamental breakdown in trust poses a major challenge both to the investigation and prosecution of individual crimes and to the proper allocation of public safety resources.”

Denver already has joined Chicago in a similar lawsuit against Sessions’ policy.

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