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Democrats advance historic slate of legislation to aid Colorado’s unauthorized immigrants, roll back restrictions

Senate Bill 199 would repeal language barring immigrants in the U.S. illegally from accessing state and local public benefits. It’s among several bills that would affect Colorado immigrants.

Politics and Government

Colorado, U.S. Department of Justice end Trump-era legal battle over immigration and policing

Colorado is one of several states that will have its funding reinstated after the Biden administration repealed a policy that requires states cooperate with federal immigration enforcement in order to receive funds

Crime and Courts

Nicolais: Neil Gorsuch has become the most influential member of the Supreme Court

The justice from Colorado delivers another ruling sure to disappoint former President Trump and Republicans who confirmed him

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Why we need immigration reform, and why Biden’s policies are a good start

The belief that people are somehow different for moving across arbitrary borders is a phantasm that I don’t know how we’ve managed to perpetuate.

Opinion Columns

Pritchett: The U.S.-Mexico border is in crisis, even if you can’t see it directly

If you haven’t felt a place, it’s less likely you’ll want to protect it.

Opinion Columns

Colorado judge declines to drop charges against Danish man blamed for Spring Creek fire

Jesper Joergensen had overstayed his visa by the time a trash fire near his campsite exploded into the Spring Creek wildfire that burned homes near Fort Garland.

Crime and Courts

Big idea: It may soon be illegal for Colorado to voluntarily share immigrants’ personal information with ICE

Immigrant communities have long feared their personal data will be used against them. Democrats want to prohibit sharing without a court order.

Politics and Government

Trump pardons Steve Bannon, but not the Colorado man also charged in border wall scam

Timothy Shea, a Castle Rock entrepreneur, is accused of allowing Bannon and others involved in the "We Build The Wall" campaign to use donations for personal gain.

News

To ensure noncitizens are included in vaccine drive, Colorado won’t check IDs

State health department is already using the honor system to vaccinate people age 70 and older and warns 459 health providers if they demand ID, they could lose access to vaccine.

Health

The 25 most-read Colorado Sun guest opinion pieces of 2020

Our contributors weigh in on issues facing Colorado; here are the essays that drew the most readers

Opinion Columns

On Edge: With family missing in Ethiopia’s civil war, Denver woman says her “mind is the hardest place to be”

The anxieties of 2020 in the U.S. amplified in November, when Millete Birhanemaskel's family members went missing when their home region was bombed by the Ethiopian government.

Health

Eight months into coronavirus, an immigrant community in Colorado finds hardship and hope

The coronavirus has killed people in immigrant communities and communities of color at much higher rates than the general public, and left many out of work

Coronavirus

Contact tracing in Colorado immigrant communities is most effective with voices from within

Long-standing health care disparities, job insecurity, immigration status, language barriers and a profound distrust of government all complicate the already tricky task

Colorado lawmakers’ coronavirus aid plans include distributing $22.5 million in taxpayer money through nonprofits

Democrats claim that sending the money through non-governmental organizations will ensure it is distributed quickly. Republicans worry about plans to send aid to people living in the U.S. illegally.

Politics and Government

Supreme Court seems skeptical of Trump’s plan to exclude noncitizens from the census

No president has tried to do what Trump outlined in a memo in July: remove millions of noncitizens from the once-a-decade head count of the U.S. population.

Politics and Government

“We’ll never do as much as he did”: Immigrant meatpacker in Greeley who died from coronavirus left legacy of compassion

Saul Sanchez spent decades working alongside other immigrants and refugees at a JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley that would become a coronavirus hotspot

Coronavirus

Colorado, two other states pass amendments clarifying that “only citizens” can vote

A Florida-based organization called Citizen Voters, Inc., funded a majority of the state campaigns for these amendments — including $1.4 million towards Colorado's efforts

Politics and Government

Opinion: Congress must pass Dream and Promise Act to protect immigrants

Opinion Columns

Denver lands CARNE y ARENA, a powerful immersive, virtual reality experience about refugees

Filmmaker Alejandro Iñárritu collected the stories of refugees and guards, using VR goggles to share the very real anguish and terror of surreptitious crossings of the southern border

Culture

Opinion: DACA is good for business, good for our community and good for our country

Opinion Columns
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