Immigrant rights leaders are applauding Denver for nearing a final agreement on an ordinance that would protect immigrants from a federal crackdown. City leaders this week announced plans to prohibit city employees from releasing immigration information, an exchange of data that can lead to deportation or other federal enforcement activities. Estimates place the city’s undocumented […]
Despite concerns earlier this year that the new Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies would lead to labor shortages across Colorado’s agricultural sector, growers and their advocates are breathing a sigh of relief as the harvest approaches, confident they’ll have the hands to pick and package what could be a bumper crop.
But even though one component of the country’s sprawling immigration system appears to be working as it has been this summer, industry experts and a newly formed state coalition of business and civic leaders say that doesn’t mean the entire system is any less broken.
Vowing to fight President Donald Trump’s “disastrous agenda,” Democrat Joe Neguse, the son of Eritrean immigrants and a former CU regent, declared Tuesday he’s running for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor.
Democrat Joe Neguse, executive director of the state Department of Regulatory Agencies and a former CU regent, is “near certain” to run for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by fellow Democrat Jared Polis, who announced Sunday morning he’s running for governor, according to a top Democratic strategist close to Neguse.
Chalkbeat Colorado’s Yesenia Robles reports that at a board meeting Tuesday, Wildman, “offered a lengthy, emotional response that emphasized the importance of following rules and included an assurance that she wants students to feel safe.”
Yet, Robles also notes Wildman seemed to stop short of an apology; some members of the public who were on hand expressed disappointment.
What were Wildman’s offending words? During last month’s debate of a board resolution expressing support for immigrant students and their families — amid the Trump administration’s attempts at an immigration crackdown — Wildman expressed concerns about providing what she seemed to think is special dispensation for immigrant households. As Robles reported at the time:
… Wildman said Aurora already has enough policies creating safe schools by prohibiting discrimination. She said the resolution was about one group of students, and not really for all students.
“I guess I feel that we are setting aside, or creating additional rules and policies in some ways where people broke the rules,” Wildman said.
She added that some immigrants have made some areas of the country unsafe and said in one instance her nieces traveling to southern California were told to turn around because it would not be safe for them.
Wildman actually had wound up voting for the resolution, but her qualified support — and her observations about immigrants as rule breakers earned her few friends that night. And then there was that tangent about parts of the country she felt were rendered unsafe by immigrants. At least one education-advocacy group called on her to resign.
Wildman’s follow-up this week, from Robles’s latest account:
“I’m a rule follower,” Wildman said Tuesday. “I obey the rules and the laws. This morning I noticed how many rules I followed as I went to the gym. We have rules for a reason.”
Wildman, a former teacher, said her goal “is that all students feel safe and included. … When I go back to the meeting in question, I wanted people to recognize that we have policies in place. In no way did I ever say immigrants are not welcome.”
That didn’t do much for at least one district resident in attendance:
After listening to Wildman’s response, (Kristen) Pough said she didn’t believe there was an apology.
“I just didn’t feel that was a sincere response,” Pough said. “I just saw her say, ‘I’m a great citizen because I do x, y and z,’ and not really apologizing.”
Measures brought before the Colorado General Assembly in this legislative session have shown that the contentious national debate on immigration has been jolting our state’s politics as well. As the federal government has shifted its policies to penalize so-called sanctuary cities and aggressively deport immigrants, we’ve seen conflicting bills introduced here on whether our state and cities should cooperate with the government to enforce immigration laws.
Democrats on Thursday advanced a bill aimed at preventing the federal government from rounding up minority groups in the wake of a Trump presidency. Reps. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, and Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, sponsors of the bill, used images of the Star of David placed on Jews, as well as Japanese Americans forced into concentration camps during World […]
The “day without immigrants” protest saw lackluster participation in Colorado, but it still served to shine a light on heart-wrenching stories as the Trump administration continues its crackdown. The act of banding together to strike on Thursday was a sign of solidarity. The immigrant community has come under attack as the Trump administration seeks to […]