Posted inBusiness, Health, News, Politics and Government

Colorado farmworker rights and wages bills signed into law, along with other measures aiding immigrants

By James Anderson, The Associated Press Thousands of immigrant farmworkers in Colorado will soon have state minimum wage, overtime and labor organizing rights under Senate Bill 87, signed into law Friday by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. Polis also signed into law a measure to create a state fund to help indigent immigrants get legal representation […]

Posted inNews, Politics and Government

Colorado bill would give free contraceptives to immigrants

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America A Colorado bill would provide free contraceptives and reproductive care to people living in the U.S. illegally. The legislation, heard by the House Health and Insurance committee Wednesday, aims to create a reproductive health care program within the state health department to provide contraceptives, management of birth […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Colorado needs an immigrant legal defense fund so no one has to go to court alone

Sole breadwinners and primary caretakers whose lives are rooted in Colorado, arrested on their way to work without an official order of deportation. Individuals targeted as criminals because of prior charges, not convictions. Entire families, dehumanized and treated like animals during Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests and while in custody. As a hotline coordinator, these […]

Posted inBook Excerpts, SunLit

“Immigrants, Ornaments and Legacies” recounts the 1950s rise of Christmas bulbs

Jody Pritzl is the author of the book, “Immigrants, Ornaments and Legacies-A Story of American Made Glass Christmas Ornaments.”  A student of the past, Jody subscribed to her first history magazine at age 11.  For the 2019 published Christmas book, Jody spent hours at the Denver public libraries and at the Rakow Research Library in […]

Posted inSun Investigation

Jared Polis is taking big money from private donors to fund key positions in Colorado governor’s office

To deliver on his campaign promises and policy priorities, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is relying on wealthy donors and major advocacy organizations to pay the bill. The Democratic governor is accepting more than $1 million from donors, nonprofits and foundations to pay salaries and costs associated with six top policy positions, according to a review […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Coloradans are proud to support the fight for the rule of law

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a number of historic decisions, including legal protections for gay and transgender workers and the continued authorization of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants temporary legal status to people who arrived in the United States illegally as children. These decisions come despite opposition […]

Posted inCOVID, Crime and Courts, News

All inmates at Aurora immigration detention facility will be tested for coronavirus

By Ben Fox, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Wednesday that it has expanded COVID-19 testing among people held at its detention facilities following criticism of its response to the outbreak. ICE says it now offers voluntary tests for the virus to all people held at detention facilities in Tacoma, […]