The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Association of Youth United in Action gathered in front of the Garfield County jail Wednesday to protest what they say are unjustly harsh immigration laws in Colorado. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, Latina domestic violence victims present at the protest said they had been victimized by law enforcement after reporting abuse to police.
Thursday night, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Association of Youth United in Action held a public forum on ICE in public schools. KDNK’s Ed Williams was at the forum and filed this report.
A federal program meant to more closely link immigration enforcement officials and local police has come under scrutiny after a judge released thousands of internal documents that detail intentionally confusing and misleading language used by Immigration and Customs enforcement. KDNK's Mathew Katz has more.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a legal complaint against Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, for detaining two Denver-area US citizens on what it calls inappropriate grounds. The case is meant to draw attention to the issue of U.S. citizens being detained by immigration enforcement. To find out more, KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Mark Silverstein, ACLU's Legal Director for Colorado.
Last month, federal immigration authorities working with local law enforcement rounded up 30 residents in Garfield and Eagle counties. Authorities say they are illegal immigrants and, moreover, gang members. Now they await hearings in detention centers around the state and likely deportation. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason reports on the collaboration of a lone local gang unit and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In July, federal immigration authorities working together with local law enforcement swept up 30 residents in Garfield and Eagle counties. Authorities say they are illegal immigrants and, moreover, gang members. But evidence of local gang activity is sketchy, and authorities here haven't linked those arrested to specific crimes. Instead, they used information from Immigration and Customs Enforcement on immigration status to target residents they believe might be involved with gangs.
Garfield County Sheriff Deputy James Miller, who heads the Threat Assessment Group, or TAG, says it's a simple way to clean up the streets. The technique was imported here from the mean streets of L.A. In an interview with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason, Deputy Miller said an informational meeting on gangs in Glenwood Springs tonight is in partly a response to interest stirred up by the arrests.
Last month, immigration enforcement officials tried to deport a Marco Guevara, a Carbondale man who up until recently thought he was a U.S. citizen and had a U.S. passport. They eventually let him go, but promised to investigate whether or not he was allowed to be in this country. Now, the State Department has revoked his passport, claiming he was never a citizen. KDNK's Mathew Katz reports.
Last week, we reported that immigration enforcement agents had raided the house of Marco Guevara, a U.S. citizen here in Carbondale. The agents were hoping to deport him, but left after he showed them his U.S. passport. The agency is still investigating the incident, and have said they might come back.
Marco's originally from Ecuador, but got US citizenship through his father in 2003. He's had run-ins with the law and spent some time in jail for cocaine posession, but says he's been clean and has gotten a job since he got out.
These kinds of raids have a huge effect on the people they target -- and their families. As part of our series on the fallout from these kinds of raids, KDNK's Mathew Katz took at look at how the aftermath of the raid has affected Marco and his family.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has yet to issue a press release on the raid on Marco's house, but has said that their agents acted "appropriately and professionally." Carbondale police chief Gene Schilling responded to the incident by saying, quote, ‘If you don't do anything wrong, you don't have any worries.'
Earlier this month, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, raided the Carbondale house of Marco Guevara, hoping to deport him. The only thing is...Marco is a citizen.
But these sorts of raids happen more often than you'd think to hundreds of citizens and legal immigrants. Sometimes, they're even deported. To find out why, KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Cecillia Wang, an attorney with the ACLU's Immigrant Rights Project.