Sixteen-year-old Nicole Castaneda had one request of the supporters who gathered in front of the Denver immigration court before her hearing: to sing John Lennon's "Imagine" because, as an advocate explained, Nicole wanted them to "imagine a world where kids could just be kids, without fear of depor ... More >>
Alfredo Carrillo, Norma Barron and more than 150 other immigrants will attempt to cross the California-Mexico border today as part of #BringThemHome, an effort being led by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. The purpose? To reunite family members who've been separated by deportation and other im ... More >>
On Valentine's Day eve, while last-minute lovers were raiding grocery stores for cheap chocolates, plastic-wrapped flowers and prefab love notes, Jordan Garcia raced east on 14th Avenue toward the GEO Aurora ICE Processing Center. "I want to get there before Wade Castle leaves for the day. He's the ... More >>
Editor's note: Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- a federal holiday. The Westword office is closed, but we'll be posting occasional updates on westword.com today. The country's largest parade in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. -- the Marade -- will kick off this morning by the MLK memorial in C ... More >>
What would the immigration reform bill passed by the U.S. Senate yesterday mean for undocumented immigrants who are already in deportation proceedings -- such as those featured in our cover story, "Out of the Shadows"? According to the office of Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, who is one of the "G ... More >>
It's time for the 2012 edition of Westword's Denver Web Awards, our annual celebration of Denver's greatest digital minds. Back at the end of September, we put out a call for you, dear readers, to nominate your favorite online projects and voices, and a team of Westword staffers and contributors has ... More >>
Secretary of State Scott Gessler has a Republican agenda and is trying to prevent Latinos and new citizens from voting on election day. At least that's the charge from a group of left-leaning advocacy organizations working to get Hispanic voters to the polls in Colorado. Gessler's office, however, i ... More >>
Initiative 52, which would have allowed undocumented immigrants with an individual tax identification number, last year's tax return and a form of government-issued ID from their country of origin to obtain driver's licenses, will not be on November's ballot. Supporters fell short of collecting the ... More >>
Jose Luis Vazquez Campos has lost his battle to stay in the United States -- for now, at least. Despite a rally and petition stop Campos's deportation, the father of two young boys was unable to process the paperwork to request that his case be closed. Last week, Campos said goodbye to his wife and ... More >>
Jose Luis Vazquez Campos doesn't have much time. An undocumented immigrant, Campos must prove to federal immigration authorities that he's in Mexico on July 18, which means he'll have to board a bus in Denver on Sunday to get there. Yesterday, the American Friends Service Committee held a rally to a ... More >>
Today, the United States Supreme Court rejected three of four core provisions in Arizona's controversial immigration law -- but allowed the most hotly contested to remain. It is still legal for state police to stop, interview and detain people they have "reasonable suspicion" to believe entered the ... More >>
Initiative 52 would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, as long as they provide an individual tax identification number, last year's tax return and a form of government-issued ID from their country of origin. Today, backers of the initiative held a press conference at the Capi ... More >>
Today is the last in a seven-day "surge" being conducted in Aurora by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Their supposed target? Deportable aliens who have been arrested, or those issued court summonses who are fugitives or who have been previously deported or convicted of crimes. It's the summonse ... More >>
In light of the recent creation of Liberate Denver, an occupation offshoot focused on safer spaces and better internal relationships, Occupy Denver proper has had a few decisions to make. Last night, this meant a vote to officially recognize the roles of the female and LGBTQ members inside the movem ... More >>
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), which brings people of various faiths together to work for social justice, peace and humanitarian service, has been holding vigils at the GEO detention center in Aurora each month since May 2009. So supporters were understandably discouraged when Immig ... More >>
Big pics below.For over two years, monthly vigils have been staged at Aurora's GEO detention center, a privately owned facility that critics charge with profiting from the United States' immigration policies via the systematic trampling of detainees' rights. And Jennifer Piper, interfaith o ... More >>
Our post about an immigration raid in Morgan Count -- one decried by a local activist -- continues to generate passionate posts. Here's one from a reader upset that more people weren't taken into custody.
Full-sized photos below.While most of us relaxed and had fun on Labor Day, approximately sixty people affiliated with organizations such as the American Friends Service Committee and Comite en Defensa del Pueblo protested immigration policy at Aurora's GEO Detention Center, as they've done si ... More >>
Look how close they are!Today, National Public Radio reported that Arizona's new immigration law -- parts of which are on hold -- is having the effect of causing some illegal immigrants to leave, which no doubt cheers local politicians backing it. But reporter Jeff Brady says at least a dozen ... More >>
An "illegal" message.Most locals celebrated the 4th of July weekend with picnics and fireworks. But approximately fifty locals marked the holiday yesterday with a vigil at Aurora's GEO detention center. There, they decried current immigration policy in Colorado and elsewhere, with a focus on ... More >>
A photo of an ICE bust in progress, from the organization's 2008 annual report.Since May, an interfaith group has staged a vigil the first Monday of each month at the Aurora Contract Detention Facility, 11901 East 30th Avenue -- and they'll be there again tonight at 6 p.m. Among the many rea ... More >>
A dance production sheds light on the Iraq war.
Talk show fallout.
Why is the city putting the brakes on the Derailer Bike Collective?
After a local scandal made them stand down, Army recruiters work to put more boots on the ground.
Manual labor is tough. Not getting paid for it is tougher.
What's in a name?
In 1492, Columbus started a controversy that isn't through.
Traveling out of DIA continues to be a frisky business.
The DPD has a binge-and-purge problem.
From the week of August 29, 2002
There's nothing intelligent about the way the DPD kept its spy files.
Their mission is to help the homeless, but now the Catholic Workers are trying to keep a roof over their own heads.
Twenty-eight years after a nuclear bomb rocked Colorado, its shock waves still reverberate on the Western Slope.