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  • What Coloradans need to know about Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address
    Posted in In the News on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights, Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Foreign Affairs, Healthcare, Immigration, Veterans and the New VA Medical Center

    President Donald Trump will give his first State of the Union address this week, and there are some things that Coloradans should be watching for. The speech will be just after 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, and is expected to cover a variety of topics, from Trump’s first-year successes to immigration and infrastructure. Here’s what you need to know ahead of the address: What is Trump expected to say? The president is expected to spend a good deal of his address Tuesday night focusing... Read more

  • THE 2018 STATE OF THE UNION GUESTS INCLUDE DACA RECIPIENTS, SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVORS AND SAN JUAN MAYOR CARMEN YULIN CRUZ
    Posted in In the News on January 29, 2018 | Preview rr

    The White House announced on Monday that first lady Melania Trump would watch her husband's first State of the Union address on Tuesday night with a special agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement who has arrested more than 100 MS-13 gang members; a blind double amputee who re-enlisted in the military, and a police officer who adopted a baby born to an opiod-addicted mom. In other words, guests who support her husband's agenda. Meanwhile, Democrats—and a few Republicans—are using their plu... Read more

  • Colorado congressman bringing daughter of deported man to Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address
    Posted in In the News on January 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    It has been just over two months since Viviana Andazola Marquez’s father was deported, sending her studies at Yale University and plans to apply to law school spiraling. But on Tuesday night the Denver-area woman and American citizen will have a chance to face the president — and Congress — she feels are responsible. Andazola Marquez is set to attend President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address as a guest of U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, an Arvada Democrat. She is hoping to share her sto... Read more

  • Daughter of two-time deportee will be a special guest at the State of the Union
    Posted in In the News on January 28, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Viviana Andazola Marquez, the daughter of an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, will be the guest of Democratic Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Marquez, who is attending Yale University and wants to become an immigration lawyer, says she’s looking forward to bringing her story to Washington. “What I think that I’d like to say to the rest of the lawmakers, the Democrats and Republicans alike, is that the policies that they are enacting ar... Read more

  • Rep. Perlmutter to take daughter of deported Coloradan to State of the Union
    Posted in In the News on January 27, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter plans to bring a Thornton woman whose father was recently deported with him Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union. His oldest daughter, Viviana Andazola Marquez of Thornton, is expected to attend the State of the Union as Perlmutter’s guest. Andazola Marquez, who is a 21-year-old student at Yale University, penned an article for The New York Times after her father was detained titled, “I accidentally turned my father in to immigration services.” And... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers react to Trump’s reported attempt to fire Mueller
    Posted in In the News on January 26, 2018 | Preview rr

    The Denver Post asked members of Colorado’s congressional delegation Friday for reaction to news reports that President Donald Trump in June sought the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump on Friday called the the reports “fake news.” U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, Republican “I’ve certainly said I oppose any firing — but he didn’t, and that was the right outcome. …. The fact that he tried that — I certainly wouldn’t have suppor... Read more

  • Denver mayor defies Justice Department in investigation of illegal immigrant policy
    Posted in In the News on January 25, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equal Rights, Immigration

    WASHINGTON — Denver’s mayor is pledging to defy Justice Department investigators who Wednesday demanded information about whether the city and county are withholding information on illegal immigrants. The Justice Department announced it was investigating 23 cities and states accused of restricting information about illegal immigrants who immigration officials want to identify and deport. The city and county of Denver are on the list. Cities and states — like Denver — whose police restrict the in... Read more

  • Andazola Marquez to attend the State of the Union
    Posted in In the News on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Viviana Andazola Marquez ’18 — whose father, Melecio Andazola Morales, was recently deported from the United States and barred from re-entry for 20 years despite weeks of student activism — told the News that she has accepted an invitation to attend the State of the Union from U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CO. Multiple Democratic House members plan on inviting guests to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address to represent opposition to his policies and rhetoric. An aide to U.S. Rep. Loi... Read more

  • After Congress ends shutdown, immigration activists turn up the heat on Colorado lawmakers
    Posted in In the News on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON — The federal government is on track to reopen, but that doesn’t mean the political pressure is off U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner of Colorado. Several activist groups took aim at the two lawmakers after they voted to end a three-day government shutdown that many advocates saw as their best chance to force action on immigration reform — particularly for the hundreds of thousands of immigrants sometimes called Dreamers, who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children. “A... Read more

  • Republicans crow, Democrats squabble as game of chicken over shutdown ends, for now
    Posted in In the News on January 23, 2018 | Preview rr

    Enough Senate Democrats blinked Monday and voted with majority Republicans to fund the federal government for three more weeks — bringing an end to a three-day government shutdown — after receiving a commitment to vote on immigration legislation by early February, leading GOP lawmakers to declare grudging victory as divided Democrats endured stinging criticism from immigrant-rights supporters and other elements of the party’s base. Both Colorado’s senators, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican... Read more

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