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With all the arguments in the media about immigration reform, voices of real people get lost. In this feature produced by Laurel Henderson and January Jones, we hear perspectives from two local young women in their own words.
Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron, along with several Pitkin County Commissioners and Roaring Fork Valley business leaders held a press conference Thursday calling for congressman Scott Tipton to pass an immigration reform bill that includes a pathway to citizenship. KDNK's Ed Williams reports.
It's been about a year since the Obama Administration introduced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an immigration policy change granting young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children a two year reprieve from deportation.
The program also allows young people to get a work permit and a chance at a driver's license, and in Sunday's edition of the Aspen Daily News, staff writer Nelson Harvey explored how it's affecting the lives of young immigrants in the Roaring Fork Valley. Today he brings KDNK this report.
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.