Farduus Ahmed, a Somalian refugee, listens to a panel discussion concerning immigrant policies, rights and mental health on Thursday Dec. 01, 2016 at Aurora Central High School.
Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

“We are not here to enforce immigration,” Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz told the audience of his department’s stance. “We are not here to detain people for immigration reasons. We are not here to question or investigate an individual’s suspected immigration status. That’s not our role and we’re not going to do that.”

Jose Martinez, Aurora's interim chief public defender, on Friday Nov. 18, 2016 at Aurora Municipal Court.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel

This change, which jeopardizes case integrity and actual fair-trial justice, is for no good reason. It doesn’t save the city any money. It doesn’t improve defenses. And it arguably will create a huge legal expense as civil rights organizations line up to sue, and then individual defendants win expensive appeals, in the unlikely case this change is actually enacted