MEDIA ADVISORY – PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY AT 11:00 AM

Teller County, CO, On April 7, 2020, Teller County District Court Judge Scott Sells dismissed the ACLU’s lawsuit against Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell challenging the Sheriff’s formal cooperation with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through a 287(g) Agreement.

The ACLU of Colorado filed the lawsuit on June 27, 2019 on behalf of six Teller County residents and taxpayers who argued that Sheriff Mikesell is diverting their tax money to participate in the 287(g) program with ICE.

On August 2, 2019, Sheriff Mikesell filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on the basis that the plaintiffs lack standing to bring this lawsuit; federal law preempts state law in the field of immigration; and because he has authority under state and federal law to enter into the 287(g) agreement with ICE. Judge Sells ruled that the plaintiffs do not have taxpayer standing to bring this lawsuit and have not suffered an injury in fact to a legally protected interest. Because the Judge dismissed the case on this issue, he did not address the other issues.

As part of the 287(g) Agreement with ICE, deputies from the Teller County Jail have received specialized training from ICE in order to perform federal law enforcement activities under the direction of ICE supervisory officers. The agreement is a Jail Enforcement Officer model, so it only operates to identify and process aliens in the Teller County jail who are subject to removal from the United States pursuant to ICE’s civil immigration priorities.

This is the second case where Sheriff Mikesell has prevailed against the ACLU. In August 2018, Teller County District Court Judge Linda Billings Vela denied the ACLU’s motion to enjoin Sheriff Mikesell from cooperating with ICE to detain persons for whom an ICE detainer request and warrant for arrest of alien had been issued. That case was later dismissed by agreement of the parties.

Sheriff Mikesell reacted to the dismissal with this statement: “This court ruling allows the sheriff to continue to protect the citizens of Teller County and sustain the way of life this community wants; the freedom to live without fear of those illegal criminal organizations that have prayed upon them in the recent past.”


TELLER COUNTY OFFICIALS UNVEIL NEWLY DESIGNED MEDICAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

Teller County, CO, On April 8, 2020, Officials from Teller County will unveil and demonstrate a newly designed piece of medical equipment. It was invented by employees of the Teller County Public Works Department, working alongside a local EMS director. The device is designed to protect health care workers during the procedure to place an intubation tube inside a patient’s airway. Although simple in design, the invention should significantly reduce the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus to our medical professionals at a time when more and more patients will be needing intubation.

There will be a demonstration of the device on a simulated patient and more details released regarding the launch of this new safety device in Colorado health facilities after the first press conference.


PRESS CONFERENCE DETAILS

Where: Northeast Teller Fire Department (NETCO) 1010 Evergreen Heights Dr., Woodland Park, CO 80863

When: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 11:00 am rain or shine.

Who: Sheriff Mikesell, Teller County Officials, EMS/Fire/Medical Personnel, Teller County Emergency Management Director Don Angell

### If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Commander Greg Couch - PIO at 719472-4347 or email at couchg@co.teller.co.us.

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