The 432-bed annex is privately run and has fallen under criticism for disease outbreaks and shrouding information.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Gov. Polis says he won't interfere with the relationship between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities — a stance that is likely to disappoint immigration advocates and some state lawmakers.
A rare tour offered to journalists aimed to demonstrate how ICE was responding to a public health crisis. U.S. Rep Jason Crow and Aurora council members have been demanding such a tour to no avail.
Of 29 jurisdictions, including Denver, only one in Oregon has yet to be cleared to receive the grants from 2017, a Justice Department spokesman told The Associated Press this week.
State lawmakers plan to introduce various pieces of legislation that would disrupt ICE procedures, such as banning sheriffs from holding immigrants at the agency's request.
The company behind the Aurora ICE detention center recently opened an annex that increased overall capacity nearly 40 percent.
Supporters say the percentage of immigrants who can’t afford a lawyer for their cases is an affront to due process rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado successfully sued Sheriff Bill Elder for the practice.
Immigration court backlogs have swelled, from 190,000 to almost 800,000 in 2018 — among those asylum claims jumped to almost 150,000 in 2017.
Denver set aside $385,000 to be divided among four nonprofit groups, including the Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network.