AURORA | City lawmakers will consider two immigration-related ordinances on Monday, as well as whether lawmakers – or voters – will decide the fate of the city’s long-standing ban on certain pit bull races.
A majority of councilors lifted bans on American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers earlier this month. You will cast the first votes on the proposal on Monday evening.
The plan met with fierce opposition from Mayor Mike Coffman and council members Francoise Bergan, Marsha Berzins and Dave Gruber. You said voters should decide whether to lift the ban. At their behest, the legislature will also vote on Monday to put the issue on the November 2021 vote.
Denver voters voted last month to lift the city’s “racial ban”.
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Legislators will also consider two immigration-related ordinances that were originally up for discussion on December 7th and have been postponed due to time constraints.
The first ordinance would create a legal protection fund for immigrants and officially exclude Aurora Police from working with federal immigration services. Sponsor Council members Crystal Murillo and Allison Coombs the double measures.
If approved by the full council, the Legal Defense Fund would create a pot of both public and private sector cash that qualified individuals could use to pay attorneys to represent them in deportation proceedings, post-conviction, hearings, and work permit applications. including legal action.
Courts are not required to provide lawyers to immigrants. But those facing trial with an attorney are more than 10 times more likely to get a positive outcome in their case, according to figures from the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
The second immigration-focused proposal on Monday evening would officially prohibit all Aurora employees, including police and prison guards, from using city funds or facilities to work with federal immigration services on enforcement efforts. For years, Aurora police officers have emphasized that the local police force are not immigration officers and do not verify immigration status during routine interactions.
The newly proposed measure would strengthen these permanent measures.
Legislators will also vote on Monday to finalize a “social justice” plan that will allow the delivery of marijuana within city limits.