Panel: Immigration issues in Colorado and the Roaring Fork ValleyMarch 4, 2011
As part of KDNK's Spring Renewal Membership Drive, we assembled a panel of experts to discuss immigration issues around the Valley.
Over the past 20 years, the state's Hispanic population has ballooned from 13 percent to nearly 21 percent of total residents, with the trajectory sure to continue. Here in Garfield County, we've seen the Latino population grow ninefold, largely due to immigration. This valley saw a large influx of immigrant labor as the home building and service industries picked up. Tonight we'll be discussing how that affects all residents in the valley, and what can be done to fix the challenges we'll be facing in the future.