Immigration

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Democratic Congressman Jared Polis from Colorado’s 2nd  District is now running for governor of Colorado. Polis visited Willits on Friday to answer questions from voters about shooting range management, statewide setbacks for oil and gas operations, education, health care, and more. In this clip, he responds to a question about sanctuary and immigration. You’ll hear the question first.

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The U.S. Commerce Secretary announced in March that at the request of the Justice Department, the 2020 Census will inquire about citizenship. The public now has until Tuesday, August 7th, to comment on this change. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Amanda Gonzalez, executive director for Colorado Common Cause, about why her organization opposes the citizenship question.

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Sandra Lopez has lived in the valley for twenty years but for the last nine months she has had to live in sanctuary to avoid deportation. Sandra and her son, Alex, describe how living in sanctuary has affected their family.

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The Lake Christine Fire has been added to the National Incident Information System, restating the acreage at 5,263 as reported yesterday afternoon by the local map. 214 personnel are fighting the fire.

Roaring Fork Swap's Lake Christine Fire help spreadsheet is available here. Nearly 100 spaces offered to evacuees!

On Friday morning, Garfield County Sheriff's Office announced that thanks to the combined efforts of local first responders and the Type 2 Incident Command Team called in by Eagle County, the immediate danger to the residents of Missouri Heights, living in Garfield County, has lessened significantly. The voluntary evacuation of the Missouri Heights area in Garfield County has been lifted. The mandatory evacuation for Missouri Heights in Eagle County, however, is still in full effect.

Eagle County wrote at 9:30 that residents who have been evacuated need to register for a re-entry tag starting at 10:30am, July 6, at the Basalt High School shelter. Red Cross called KDNK to inform that the Rapid Pass for the Rapid Check in System will only be available at the Basalt High School Evacuation Center and not at Roaring Fork High School. The Rapid Pass will be utilized by evacuees when roads are opened to them.

For urgent information regarding this incident you can call 970-445-4911.

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Over 100 people gathered in Glenwood Springs on Saturday to march in protest of children being separated from their parents at the border. The event was coordinated with marches across the country. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports. Follow the link to read a letter written for the occasion by Sandra Lopez, who has been in sanctuary in Carbondale for over 8 months.

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Glenwood Springs City Council last week heard from a Glenwood Springs High School senior about the need for protecting immigrant residents. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. Click here to hear more about  Monica's resolution.

Penny Pappas's Greek immigrant parents were busy creating a life together and then the unthinkable happened. Join Penny as she talks about how her family struggled to carry on after the death of her mother.

Life as an Undocumented Student

Apr 16, 2018

Roaring Fork High School upperclassman discuss life as undocumented students.

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Sandra Lopez, in sanctuary at the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist parsonage, recently received support from Colorado Representative Bob Rankin. KDNK's news team has this story.

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Last week, Congress failed to negotiate a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program before President Trump’s March 5th deadline. What happens next? KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

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Over 17,000 “dreamers” in Colorado await resolution as the US Senate begins the immigration debate this week. Although Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is central to the discussion, the implications for federal immigration policy are even greater. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

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A large crowd diverged from the Women's March in Carbondale on Saturday, January 20, to gather outside of the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist parsonage where Sandra Lopez, having completed 3 months in sanctuary, gave this speech.

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CRMS alumna and Fulbright scholar Kelsey Freeman returns to the Roaring Fork Valley from Mexico to talk about her experience studying the humanitarian impacts of US immigration policy. Kelsey presents at the CRMS barn tonight, January 9, at 7pm. Tess Freeman, professional photographer and sister to Kelsey, will also present her photos taken during Kelsey's scholarship.

Rep. Scott Tipton

This month's conversation with Congressman Scott Tipton features the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, how the tax bill overhaul would benefit workers earning less than $100,000 per year, and the SECURE American Energy Act.

Sandra Lopez

During Congressman Scott Tipton’s Mobile Office Hours in Glenwood Springs on Wednesday, December 6, Reverend Shawna Foster introduced the case of Sandra Lopez, a local immigrant that has taken sanctuary with Two Rivers Unitarian Church in Carbondale, to Brian Meinhart, Regional Director and Policy Advisor for the Congressman.

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December 8th is the last chance to pass a clean Dream Act in 2017 and Congress has yet to vote on a solution. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with supporters of a rally in Pueblo today, asking for Representative Tipton to sign-on.

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A resident of the Roaring Fork Valley has taken sanctuary in Carbondale and fights to remain with her children by avoiding deportation. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

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Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church in Carbondale has granted sanctuary to a local immigrant rights leader and mother of three. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more. Sandra Lopez, her Attorney Jennifer Smith, Reverand Foster and Pam Williams will speak tonight at Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Parsonage, at 343 Cleveland Place, in Carbondale, at 6:15.

 


Valley Settlement focuses on education for children as well as their parents to improve lives in the Roaring Fork Valley. Raleigh Burleigh reports.

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On September 5th, Colorado Mountain College president and CEO, Dr. Carrie Hauser  released a statement about the college’s stance on DACA. She spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the statement. Click here to listen to the rest of the conversation with Dr. Hauser that aired on Valley Voices, September 14, 2017.

 

Click here to read Dr. Hauser's DACA statement in Spanish. Click here for English.

 

Glenwood Springs High School hosts a DACA Renewal Drive at 1 PM Saturday, September 16, for those whose permit under DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.

While Colorado’s congressional delegation had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many continue to show bipartisan support for the policy. The executive order, signed by President Obama, gave children brought into the United States illegally a chance to stay in the country legally.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced yesterday the termination of DACA, a program created under the Obama administration to grant temporary legal status to immigrants who had come to the United States as minors. Raleigh Burleigh reports on a rally in Glenwood Springs organized by several immigrant advocacy groups.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE arrested 14 undocumented immigrants in Garfield and Eagle counties across 3 days in August. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Post Independent editor and publisher Randy Essex about what the PI had to do to get information about the arrests and subsequent implications.

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The Carbondale Board of Trustees met last night. Among items on the agenda, including the swearing-in of Luis Yllanes, there was ample focus on recent bear activity within and around the town. John Groves, representing Colorado Parks and Wildlife, warned that the activity could worsen and persist into November. The trustees also waived an ordinance to allow Rio Grande weed-eating goats to travel through town and adopted a resolution affirming Carbondale's support for the immigrant community. Click the headline to view the resolution in English and Spanish.

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The Colorado Rapid Response Network confirmed five ICE operations across the state last week, including two in the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more.

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The Carbondale Board of Town Trustees considers a resolution on immigration introduced by local students. The resolution addresses ongoing fear held by immigrants in our community, especially in regards to local law enforcement. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

#CORapidResponse

Earlier today, immigrant rights activists launched the Colorado Rapid Response Network to help immigrants in case of raids and other abuses. Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Carla Castedo, Colorado director for Mi Familia Vota, to learn more about the cross-organizational, statewide initiative.

The 24 hour hotline, staffed with over 100 volunteers trained to track, verify, and confirm ICE raids in immigrant communities, is: 1-844-UNITE-41 (1-844-864-8341).

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Rev. Shawna Foster of Two Rivers Unitarian Church announced this past Sunday at a Mother’s Day Vigil for Immigrant Families that her congregation in partnership with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition will offer sanctuary in the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK News intern Jen Platero reports.

Como parte de su series sobre inmigración y los derechos para inmigrantes, Raleigh Burleigh habla con un señor de El Salvador que ha elegido permanecerse anónimo. 

As part of his series on immigration and immigrant rights, Raleigh Burleigh interviews a man from El Salvador who has chosen to remain anonymous. The translation is voiced by Jessie Monsalve. 

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On today's local newscast Gavin Dahl speaks to One Colorado executive director Daniel Ramos about the LGBTQ advocacy group's legislative agenda and their event, We Are One Colorado, at the Red Brick Art Center in Aspen on Friday evening. Plus, Raleigh Burleigh gets an update from local immigration attorney Erin Richards as part of his ongoing series on immigrant rights in the valley. Garfield County Planning & Zoning Commission delayed a public hearing related to a proposed injection well in Battlement Mesa that was scheduled for last night. As Eric Galatas reports, advocates for public schools are promising to fight new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose lack of relevant experience caused VP Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate to confirm her. And Bente Birkeland reports that the Colorado legislature has determined its transportation priorities.

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