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Marianne GoodlandMarianne GoodlandDecember 30, 20175min762
President Donald Trump Friday morning sent a message to Congressional Democrats: don’t even think about asking for federal authorization of DACA unless you’re also willing to pay for the border wall and a host of other immigration changes. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was initially authorized by a 2012 executive order from then-President […]

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Adam McCoyAdam McCoySeptember 29, 20173min655

Denver hasn’t been shy about its resistance to the White House’s bellicose stance on immigration — i.e. a travel ban; President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, and the promise to end a program, unless Congress acts, that provides protections for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

In late August, the Denver City Council and Mayor Michael Hancock agreed on a new policy which prohibits city employees from cooperating with federal immigration authorities and provides other protections for undocumented immigrants in Denver, Colorado Public Radio reports.

During a signing of the policy, Hancock urged the president to “leave our DACA children alone,” Westword reports, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started under President Barack Obama. It shielded children brought to the U.S. illegally from deportation for two years and allowed them to legally work. Hancock also noted the 17,000 Coloradans protected under DACA.

Though the future of DACA is uncertain, over the fall, Denver will reach out to immigrants with a series of clinics to help DACA recipients and undocumented immigrants.

The clinics will educate interested parties on renewing their DACA status, answer legal questions and provide legal services and offer information on immigration and citizenship.

The city said the clinics are sponsored by local immigrant advocacy organizations including the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Colorado Latino Forum, and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. Prominent Denver law firms will provide council at the meetings on citizenship and immigration. No registration is required and all of the meetings will be held at a local Denver Public Library.

Find a full list of meetings here and here.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 9, 20165min312

President Barack Obama signed legislation on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, authored by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), to require the federal government to measure the impact of the outdoor recreation on the economy. The bipartisan Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2015, introduced in October 2015 by Gardner and Shaheen, will let policy makers and business leaders know how many jobs are created and the amount of consumer spending driven by the outdoor recreation economy.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 29, 20165min327

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved final passage of legislation, authored by U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), on Monday, Nov. 28, to require the federal government to measure the impact of the outdoor recreation on the economy. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature. The Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2015, introduced by Gardner and Shaheen in October 2015, is bipartisan legislation that will help inform policymakers and business leaders on the jobs created - and consumer spending driven by - the outdoor recreation economy.