"Does the GOP have a death wish?" That's what former congressman, former gubernatorial candidate and longtime rabble-rouser Tom Tancredo asks, in the wake of a number of Republicans signing off last week on the Colorado Compact on Immigration. Tancredo, who left the Rrepublican Party to run for gov ... More >>
Colorado spends about $13 million a year to enforce a 2006 state law that requires local cops to report to federal immigration authorities arrestees who they suspect are undocumented immigrants, according to a report by the Colorado Fiscal Institute. Those reported to the feds spend an average of 22 ... More >>
Ana Vasquez says she tried to explain to the police officers that it was her boyfriend who'd abused her, and not the other way around. She had a broken finger to prove it: In the midst of an argument that turned physical, her boyfriend trapped her fingers between his and twisted his hand, snapping o ... More >>
Weld County is launching a campaign to educate immigrants about the importance of reporting crimes to the police. "We want everyone to report crime, every time," Ken Buck, the Weld County district attorney, said today at a press conference in Greeley. That includes undocumented immigrants and refu ... More >>
After a six-day sit in and hunger strike, young undocumented immigrants Javier Hernandez and Veronica Gomez left their brief home at the Obama For America headquarters at 5:20 p.m. today. As the National Immigrant Youth Alliance pushes plans to spread their call for an executive order from Obama to ... 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 >>
The Colorado Legislature is once again tackling the issue of tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, and yesterday, CU's Board of Regents voted 5-4 to support Colorado ASSET, with Republican Regent Tillie Bishop joining the Democrats. The vote came after much passionate discussion -- ... More >>
Gerardo Noriega.Gerardo Noriega, a 21-year-old Smoky Hill High School graduate, now knows he won't be deported to Mexico in the near future, but his future is still in limbo. As part of the immigration review pilot program currently underway in Denver, Noriega was granted administrative closu ... More >>
Newt Gingrich is taking heat for the comment he made during this week's Republican debate on a possible path to citizenship for some illegal aliens. And that path starts at a foundation based at a horse ranch in Parker and run by Helen Krieble, profiled in our 2006 cover story, "Guest Wishes.""We ne ... More >>
In June, we told you about an immigration raid on Morgan County's Wildcat Dairy that led to the arrests of eleven workers and caused fear among many others. This week, the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition announced that while five of the workers have already been deported, the criminal ch ... More >>
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has renewed its promise to focus on serious criminals for detention and deportation. "A new policy directs ICE officers and attorneys to use appropriate discretion to make sure victims and witnesses to crimes are not put into deportation proceedings, ... More >>
Rights for All PeopleJeanette Vizguerra.Jeanette Vizguerra, who has lived in Colorado for more than fourteen years, is the mother of three citizen children, owns a small business and is very involved in her community. She also lives in this country illegally and faces her final deportation co ... More >>
Daily CameraLast October, Opas Sinprasong -- a Thai national who once owned Siamese Plate, Siamese Plate on the Go and Sumida's in Boulder and Louisville -- pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens and failure to pay taxes. Yesterday he was sentenced: The restaurateur will do time, pay a h ... More >>
Illegal immigrants took over the State Capitol yesterday -- figuratively speaking, at least -- when Senate Bill 54 was introduced by Senator Kent Lambert. It's essentially a copycat of Arizona's controversial (and constitutionally challenged) law, and a major waste of time. Until Arizona pass ... More >>
Dan Maes.John Hickenlooper's inauguration as governor, slated to start shortly, stirs thoughts of those Hick defeated -- not just Tom Tancredo, but also Republican nominee Dan Maes, whose campaign imploded so spectacularly. Since then, Maes has released occasional musings on issues, including ... More >>
www.ice.govColorado is the latest state to join Secure Communities, a federal program that checks fingerprints of people booked into local jails against a national database of illegal immigrants.
The invitation is alarming: "Come find out what nasty things Colorado Governor Ritter is contemplating doing BEHIND closed doors." The nasty thing it's referring to is Secure Communities, a federal program that would check the fingerprints of anyone arrested in Colorado against immigration r ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.The Republican Study Committee of Colorado will hold a summit on illegal immigration at the Capitol today, with an agenda packed with heavyweight speakers and issues (violence, "competitive challenges for businesses") -- but no mention of the man who's kept the discussion of ille ... More >>
Kevin Lundberg.Speaking moments before the start of today's immigration summit at the State Capitol, Senator Kevin Lundberg, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, portrays the session as an attempt to tackle an important issue in a post-election environment that will give him and his fe ... More >>
NaRaYa has replaced Siamese Plate on the GoI was at Lotus of Siam, one of Lori Midson's favorite restaurants in the world (and she's right -- too bad it's in Las Vegas), eating and catching up on my Westword reading, when I found this report by Michael Roberts on a Thai restaurant group much ... More >>
Tom Tancredo.Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Hickenlooper has kept to his vow to keep his campaign positive. Had he decided to go negative on Tom Tancredo, though, he would have found no shortage of material on the American Constitution Party candidate: Google "Tancredo" and "controvers ... More >>
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is focusing on busting criminal aliens -- like the 78 people recently rounded up statewide. And there's more where they came from. ICE has just released statistics for fiscal 2010, which ended September 30. The arrestee total for the Denver area of re ... More >>
It's a felony, sure, but in the absence of real immigration reform, some young, assimilated illegal immigrants see it as their best path to citizenship
Photo by John JohnstonTom Tancredo engages in some gamesmanship.Looking for a fun new board game to while away these lovely spring afternoons? Anti-immigration firebrand Tom Tancredo has the perfect suggestion. As the Colorado Independent first reported, Tancredo fired up his Twitter account ... More >>
Chris Nevitt has something to proclaim.The controversial Arizona immigration bill hasn't stopped any folks from coming into this country illegally yet. After all, it won't take effect until July. But it's certainly led to a bumper crop of proclamations, including denunciations by Denver Publi ... More >>
Photo by John JohnstonTom Tancredo meets Twitter near the Arizona border.It's not all that unusual for former Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo to get fired up about what he sees as the unprotected border between the United States and Mexico. In fact, he did so earlier this ... More >>
I am listening to Tom Tancredo filling in for Peter Boyles on KHOW radio, marveling at how the former congressman is maintaining a one-man monologue that, in the past five minutes, has touched on illegal immigration, healthcare, how Republicans need a speaker as slick as Barack Obama, illegal ... More >>
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