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  • Perlmutter, Bennet file ‘private bill’ in support of immigration detainee in Denver
    Posted in In the News on November 14, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    DENVER -- Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Sen. Michael Bennet introduced a bill in support of an undocumented immigrant in Denver who is in the custody of immigration officials. Family and friends hosted a rally in October after Melecio Andazola Morales was detained. He thought he was about to be granted U.S. residency when he went to an interview with an immigration agent last month, but instead was arrested. The legislation introduced Tuesday is known as a "private bill." It's not clear what imp... Read more

  • Glenwood’s Marissa Molina lobbies in DC for Dream Act
    Posted in In the News on October 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Marissa Molina needs Congress to act. The former Miss Strawberry Days grew up in Glenwood Springs after moving from Mexico at age 9. Following high school, she graduated summa cum laude from Fort Lewis College in Durango. Now 25, Molina was one of nine educators covered by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who was honored by the White House in 2015 as a "Champion of Change." But her DACA registration expires next summer, meaning Molina will no longer be able to work legally in the United St... Read more

  • Perlmutter Signs Petition to Bring DREAM Act to the House Floor
    Posted in Press Releases on September 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter joined with House Democratic colleagues in signing a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a permanent solution to allow young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in the United States legally. If the petition is signed by a majority of Members, the House would be forced to take a vote on this legislation. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that nearly nine in 10 Americans suppor... Read more

  • DACA students rally to renew eligibility, ‘mourn loss of dream’
    Posted in In the News on September 25, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    When she was 2 years old, Claudia Hurtado and her sister were taken across the border with people she didn’t know. Separately, her parents crossed from Mexico to Texas, and there, met the people with their children, before coming to Denver to give them “a better future,” said Hurtado, who’s now able to work and and live without fear of deportation because of the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program. DACA started under President Barack Obama in 2012 when the federal government decided t... Read more

  • 4 Things You Need to Know About DACA in Colorado
    Posted in In the News on September 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    On Tuesday morning, Ana Rodriguez, a social worker and community organizer with the Colorado People’s Alliance, was working with students at Emily Griffith High School in downtown Denver when she heard that the Trump administration had officially decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Rodriguez, 27, immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of 4, grew up in Houston, and has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Houston. She is also... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement on Trump Administration's Decision to End DACA
    Posted in Press Releases on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “The Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA is disgraceful. We are a nation of immigrants and a nation of opportunity but the administration has pulled the rug out from under these folks leaving them with the fear of being separated from their family and the only life they’ve ever known. “... Read more

  • As Trump re-thinks DACA, here’s how some in Colorado’s delegation are trying to protect the Dream
    Posted in In the News on August 30, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    As with many aspects of following Donald Trump’s plans and decisions, when it comes to official U.S. policy toward young immigrants brought here illegally by their parents, whiplash is expected. It was only June when the president’s administration said it would keep a program that protects roughly 800,000 young immigrants, known as Dreamers, from deportation. But now news comes that Trump could unwind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which could affect about 30,000 im... Read more

  • ICE reprieves for Vizguerra and Hernandez Garcia ring hollow
    Posted in In the News on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    President Donald Trump’s claim that his administration would focus its massive deportation efforts on removing criminals isn’t proving all that reliable. The decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials early this month to rein in a little-used congressional privilege exposes the hardliner ideology behind statistics that show many of those being trucked out of the county aren’t bad actors. ICE’s policy change also complicates celebration of the agency’s sensible agreement to stop de... Read more

  • Changes in ICE protocol limit Congress’ ability to aid immigrants
    Posted in In the News on May 18, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Two high profile immigrants who took sanctuary in Denver churches were each granted a two-year stay of removal last week by immigration officials. Arturo Hernandez Garcia and Jeanette Vizguerra were given the temporary postponement of deportation on May 11 after receiving support in the form of personal legislative bills sponsored by U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and U.S. Reps. Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter. But in a letter released just before the stays were announced, Immigrations and Customs En... Read more

  • Private Bills For The Relief Of Undocumented Immigrants Are Now A Trump Admin Target
    Posted in In the News on May 15, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    When two Colorado undocumented immigrants received temporary reprieves to stay in the United States until 2019, they marched and sang and cheered in the streets. Their lawyers thanked members of Congress. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet and Reps. Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis introduced private bills for Jeanette Vizguerra and Arturo Hernandez Garcia, two immigrants who had taken sanctuary in Colorado churches to avoid deportation. This rare legislative maneuver was only used a couple of dozen ti... Read more

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