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Opinion: Do what’s best for all Coloradans by protecting our immigrant community

In 2014, I sat across the kitchen table of a community leader in southwest Denver who sighed, “Angela, se requiere mucho coraje para vivir esta vida.” Angela, it requires a lot of righteous indignation to live this life. At the time I was working as a community organizer alongside parishioners from St. Cajetan’s Catholic Parish […]

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Colorado to consider bill similar to one that prompted DHS to cut off “trusted-traveler” programs for New Yorkers

Colorado’s legislature will soon consider a bill that would limit the personal information state departments, including the Division of Motor Vehicles, can release to other government agencies, like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S Customs and Border Protection.  A similar law in New York prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration […]

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Coloradans can now store their driver’s license on a smartphone. But don’t ditch your plastic ID just yet.

As personal data security becomes an increasingly overwhelming issue for Americans, the state of Colorado said it’s figured out how to make personal identity more secure with digital IDs. On Wednesday, the state officially added driver’s licenses to the myColorado mobile app. The app can be used to register to vote, renew a driver’s license […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government, Transportation

Colorado slated to offer immigrant driver’s licenses at 11 offices after governor signs bill expanding program

Colorado will offer driver’s licenses to immigrants living in the U.S. illegally at as many as 11 locations — up from four — across the state under a bill Gov. Jared Polis signed on Tuesday expanding the long-troubled program. The Colorado Department of Revenue says it will expand the program to its offices in Glenwood […]

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“Whose dog is this?” and other odd questions fielded by Denver’s resourceful 311 agents

Perhaps the civic engineers who dreamed up Denver’s 311 information system imagined that callers would be inspired to seize the machinery of municipal services and glorify the concept of participatory democracy. Turns out, not so much. Apparently the most burning question of all among Denver’s newly-empowered civilians is this: What day is the garbage truck […]

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After years of backlogs, Colorado’s troubled immigrant driver’s license program could see drastic expansion

Colorado lawmakers this year are poised to drastically expand the state’s long-troubled driver’s license program for people living in the U.S. illegally, solving a fundamental problem with the initiative that has plagued its efficacy from day one. Senate Bill 139, introduced on Tuesday, would require that at least 10 state Division of Motor Vehicles offices […]

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Colorado lawmakers under pressure to act as troubled immigrant driver’s license program approaches another large crossroads

Three of Colorado’s four Division of Motor Vehicles offices that distribute driver’s licenses to people living in the U.S. illegally could stop offering the service in February if state lawmakers can’t reach an accord early in the 2019 legislative session. Finding such an agreement — to override a cap that triggers the reduction — is […]