Update: Jaime Leon Rivas, a nineteen-year-old undocumented immigrant who we wrote about last week (see below), has been released from detention, where he was awaiting deportation. On April 2, a week after his friends and family held a vigil outside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora on the ... More >>
Last summer, we told you about a growing trend of undocumented immigrants going public to stop their deportations. That trend continues -- and yesterday, as a frigid wind blew icy snowflakes into people's hair and jackets, a group gathered in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Denver to pro ... More >>
Some estimates put the number of Colorado's undocumented immigrants in the hundreds of thousands. But for all the debates on how to treat locals lacking papers, there's still a lot we don't know about the everyday lives of the people we won't call citizens. Five Boulder County Latino youths, most un ... More >>
Surrounded by friends and advocates at a sunny park in Aurora today, immigrant Jeanette Vizguerra celebrated a victory: She was released yesterday from the immigration detention center where she'd been held since July 24. But her fight to remain in the U.S. isn't over. Federal authorities have given ... More >>
Today, Clarisa Mesta joined the ranks of undocumented immigrants who have successfully stopped their deportations after speaking publicly about their cases. Before her hearing in Denver's immigration court this afternoon, the mother of three addressed a small crowd gathered on the sidewalk. "My na ... More >>
"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 >>
The backers of Initiative 52, which would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses, have been collecting signatures for months. "It's going slow," says Homero, a volunteer. Thus far, they've gotten 15,000 signatures notarized and have hundreds of volunteers trying to collect 75,000 ... 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 >>
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 >>
Update: Immigration and Customs Enforcement has revised an earlier statement that ICE is screening traffic summonses in Aurora to identify undocumented immigrants who are fugitives, have been previously deported or have been convicted of crimes. The revised statement, sent two hours after the origin ... 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 >>
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.As my wife loves to tell me at awkward moments, size matters. By that standard, the following note from our "Knee-jerk reactions to the debate between Tom Tancredo and 'Ask a Mexican' Gustavo Arellano" post is impressive indeed. Check out the note that prompted it, and the loqua ... More >>
Large photo below.Yvonne Frye, 62, a much-loved professor at the Community College of Denver, was killed last week in a crash for which twenty-year-old Jose Nevarez-Coronado has been charged with vehicular homicide. Nevarez-Coronado was allegedly drunk -- but not in the country illegally, as ... 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 >>
Renowned forensics experts say a Pinal County, Arizona deputy's high-profile tale about getting shot after encountering drug smugglers doesn't add up
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
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
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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The Mexican car of choice is American. Go figure.
Immigration issues deal the media a tough hand.
Lilian Shea discovers that practice makes her life pretty perfect.
From the week of December 9, 2004
When dinosaurs ruled the earth
American tall tale gallops across these pages
Tom Tancredo is on a crusade to save America -- and he's looking for recruits.
A sampling of Project Exile convictions.
For Linda Chavez, the devil was in the details.