Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Frazier Urges Ritter to Adopt Secure Communities Program

Says law enforcement needs the tools necessary to tackle illegal immigration

Wheat Ridge, CO – Ryan Frazier, Aurora City Councilman and candidate for the 7th Congressional District, today sent a letter urging Democratic Governor Bill Ritter to adopt the Secure Communities program that would provide Colorado law enforcement the tools necessary to better identify illegal immigrants within our jails. The federal program, adopted by other states across the country, allows law enforcement to match fingerprints of individuals booked into jail with a database maintained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in order to determine the immigration status of the suspected criminal. Frazier is a strong advocate of piloting the program in Colorado.
“Secure Communities gives law enforcement better access to national databases,” Frazier said. “If implemented, Colorado’s cities will be safer, and our jails will be more efficient.”

Three of the largest counties in Colorado – Denver, Arapahoe, and El Paso – are prepared to pilot the Secure Communities program. Sheriffs and safety managers in these counties have expressed their interest in using the program in order to make their jails more efficient at a negligible cost, and to keep repeat illegal immigrant criminals off the streets. Secure Communities requires that every suspected criminal brought to jail will be subjected to the same fingerprint scan and background check, regardless of race or ethnic background.

“Governor Ritter needs to give our communities the ability work with the federal government to tackle illegal immigration,” Frazier concluded. “As a city councilman, I’m advocating for these types of common sense solutions that Colorado desperately needs.”

A copy of the letter is below:

August 2, 2010

Governor Ritter,

It has come to my attention that you have not made a final decision on whether to support implementing the Secure Communities program in Colorado. I urge you to support this pilot program in order to give our police departments and jails the tools necessary to tackle the problem of illegal immigration that has had negative effects on our state, and our nation.

Secure Communities is a federal program, adopted nationwide, that gives our jails access to a U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement database. The program is used to match fingerprints of suspected criminals brought to jail in Colorado with a national database of known illegal immigrants or those who have had previous contact with immigration officials. As sheriffs and safety managers across Colorado have already suggested, this program will make our communities safer, allow law enforcement to better implement immigration laws, and make our jails more efficient. It is in Colorado’s best interest to work with the federal government in order to successfully enforce our immigration laws with the Secure Communities program.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to your favorable response.


Ryan L. Frazier