Over the past few months, KDNK has reported on a number of early-morning raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Here's our series about how the immigration system and those early-morning raids are playing out here in the valley.
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President Obama recently enacted a policy that will permit hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants to remain in the country. The policy only applies to foreign nationals under the age of thirty who came to the United States before the age of 16, and that also have been in the U.S. for five years. They must have no criminal record and either be in school, be a high school graduate or serve in the military. But does the policy go far enough and how will it affect undocumented immigrants in the Roaring Fork Valley who fear deportation? KDNK's Jesse Kubla Khan Hoff reports.
The controversial immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities is now in effect in all of Colorado's counties. Proponents say the program is an effective tool to identify and deport criminal aliens, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, critics are crying foul on civil rights grounds.
(Click on the story to hear KDNK's interview with Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario on Secure Communities)
KDNK recently reported on a Valley resident who was waiting to hear the results of a federal review of the pending deportation cases in Colorado. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, some immigrants here are starting to hear if their case was considered.
In January federal immigration officials in Denver finished a review of deportation cases pending in the state to decide who will stay and who will be sent away. But KDNK’s Ed Williams reports, some valley residents are still waiting to hear the results.
This week the Federal Government is starting a six week pilot project in immigration courts in Colorado and Maryland. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, the project could determine national policy on immigration enforcement.
Immigration and gay rights activists won a victory last week at an immigration hearing in Denver. As KDNK's Daniel Costello reports, the judge delayed a decision in a deportation case involving a lesbian couple.
It's been a month since three men were picked up by immigration authorities and Garfield County Sheriff's deputies at the Strawberry Days festival in Glenwood Springs. One has been deported. The other two are brothers -- Cesar and Julio. Cesar has since been released, but Julio is still in jail awaiting a possible deportation. Garfield County has said that both men are gang members -- which the men dispute. Julio leaves behinds his 8-months-pregnant wife, Lorenza. KDNK's Mathew Katz visited Lorenza at their house to hear their side of the story.
Earlier this month, immigration officers and Garfield County sheriff's deputies detained three men at the Strawberry Days festival in Glenwood Springs. The arrests gained widespread condemnation from the Latino community and immigrant-rights groups. As KDNK's Mathew Katz reports, this is just the latest hiccup in the testy relationship between Garfield County and the Valley's immigrant community.
Last week, immigration agents and local law enforcement in Fort Morgan raided a dairy farm and found that nearly ninety percent of its workers were in the country illegally. Eleven men are now being held in the county jail on charges of identity theft. The raid is one of the biggest in the state over the past year, and brings to light the high number of undocumented workers in Colorado's farming industry. To find out more about the implications of the raid, KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Hans Meyer with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.
With a divided Congress, getting anything done in Washington has been difficult. Immigration reform has been one of the most divisive topic among lawmakers. Now, a variety of immigrant-rights groups around the country have all but officially given up on their dreams of comprehensive federal immigration reform over the next few years. Instead, they're pushing to make immigration enforcement less strict. KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Alan Kaplan of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition about one of those new programs.