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Colorado crop OK for now, but need for immigration reform ever more pressing

Workers from Mexico on H-2A visas pick peaches at Talbott Mountain Gold orchards in Palisade, Colorado. (Photo courtesy Talbott Mountain Gold)
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 […]

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Colorado immigrant rights groups launch effort to track potential federal raids

Immigrant rights groups this week launched a telephone hotline with the goal of tracking potential federal immigration raids in local communities. The Colorado Rapid Response Network is staffed with more than 100 volunteers trained to track, verify and confirm ICE raids in immigrant communities, according to Mi Familia Vota, a national group that advocates for Latinos […]

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Colorado’s immigrants by the numbers: a cornerstone of the economy

Just in case you didn’t get enough of the immigration debate during Colorado’s 2017 legislative session, New American Economy thought you’d like some fodder for starting your own discussion on the subject in the off season. The business-backed, pro-immigration advocacy group started in 2010 by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and major CEOs — […]

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Front lines of Colorado refugee resettlement uncertain, but optimistic over Trump travel ban

An Iraqi woman celebrating Refugee Day Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Durham, N.C. (Bernard Thomas /The Herald-Sun via AP)

Zainab Nader left Iraq for Denver as a refugee just four months ago. She smiles big, ear-to-ear, with an infectious laugh when she talks about her short time in Colorado and reuniting with her brothers who left Iraq for Denver eight years before her. “I’m happy when I see my brothers,” she said, pushing out […]

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Denver sets high bar for hate crimes, lowers it for panhandling, breaking park curfew …

… urinating in public and other such “quality of life” offenses. Which is to say they diminish quality of life — but not enough, in the eyes of Denver’s City Council, to warrant sending someone packing to his native land over a violation. Denverite’s Erica Meltzer reports the changes represent a sweeping sentencing reform of the city’s […]

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Aguilar and Herod: What Colorado can do to support our immigrant communities

Sen. Irene Aguilar

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 […]

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In Aurora’s schools, there’s no escaping the politics of immigration

Chalkbeat Coloado’s Yesenia Robles captures the no-win frustration of trying to assuage anxiety as well as anger over the immigration tug-of-war in an urban Colorado school district, Aurora Public Schools. Denver’s eastern neighbor is easily one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the state and has one of the highest concentrations of immigrants. And like other […]

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