Guest Commentary: Public Education and Illegal Immigrants

By William Perry Pendley, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation At the State Capitol last month, Dr. Jim Polsfut, chair of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, testified in support of Senate Bill 126, which proposes to give in-state college tuition to students...

Herd Mentality

"Colorado is one of the biggest sheep and lamb producers in the nation. But is it doing enough to prevent the abuse of its immigrant workers?" - Rachel Cernansky, 5280 Magazine, April 2012 .

Colorado Sheriff Turns Undoucumented Domestic Violence Victims Over to ICE

"An undocumented immigrant detained by immigration authorities after being arrested in a domestic-violence incident — in which she was the victim — is speaking out because she doesn't want others to go through the same ordeal. Virginia Mancinas Urtusuastegui, 35, of Glenwood...

Feds Kowtow to States, Unlock SAVE Database to Address Imaginary Problem

"The Department of Homeland Security agreed Monday to let Colorado and other states access a DHS database to verify the citizenship of some registered voters — news that was hailed as a win for Secretary of State Scott Gessler and other Republican election officials but had their critics on...

A Bust: Colorado Noncitizen Voter Fraud 'Witch Hunt'

"About 88 percent of the approximately 1,400 suspected noncitizens run through a federal database by the Colorado secretary of state's office were determined to be U.S. citizens — and are eligible to vote." - Denver Post, Aug. 30, 2012 .

Colorado's 'Show Me Your Papers' Law Costs $13 Million Per Year: Study

Extended coverage by Nancy Lofholm, Denver Post , and Melanie Asmar, Westword . Here's a link to the report . As more states think about imitating Arizona, and as we gear up for possible CIR, state and federal legislators need to take a hard look at the costs of interior enforcement.

Ten Years In The Making, Colorado Tuition Bill Becomes Law

"Governor Hickenlooper signed the Colorado ASSET bill into law Monday, surrounded by students and civic and government leaders. The signing ceremony marked the end of a ten year journey through the Colorado legislature. The bill allows those living in the country illegally to attend college with...

Visa Pinch Cramps Colorado Economy

"Among the issues raised by Colorado business leaders: The shortage of farm workers caused growers to lose thousands of dollars when squash and peppers went unpicked last fall. Unanswered ads for ranch hands meant calves died because no one was available to deliver them. A dearth of bilingual ski...

Habeas 'When...Released' Victory in Colorado: Nieto Baquera v. Longshore

"The statute, read as a whole, gives immigration officials the power to detain and release aliens, except for a limited class of criminals who shall be mandatorily detained “when . . . released.” The “when . . . released” phrase is a direction to the authorities that certain...

Northern Colorado immigrants still without homes after the flood

"When more than 300 immigrants lost their trailer homes and apartments in the northern Colorado floods last month, there was heightened concern for their welfare because most don't qualify for government aid. Nearly a month later, immigrants flooded out of their homes in Evans, Milliken and...

Roofing Company Pays $230K For H-2B, FLSA Violations

"The U.S. Department of Labor obtained a consent judgment from the U.S. District Court of Colorado that ordered Superior Roofing Inc. to pay $143,000 in back wages to 343 workers for unpaid minimum wage and overtime due under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, the court entered an injunction...

Undocumented and Unafraid in Boulder, Colorado

"He owns a small business. He is president of the Boulder, Colo. Latino Chamber of Commerce. And now, he is the newly appointed member of the Boulder City Council Human Relations Commission. What makes Jose Beteta’s milestones all the more significant is that the 34-year-old Costa Rican is...

Colorado Sheriffs Drop ICE Holds / Detainers

"Several Colorado sheriffs will no longer honor requests from federal immigration authorities to continue to detain someone once they are eligible to be released on the charges for which they were initially arrested. ... Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said in an email shared with The Associated...

Denver Joins Growing List of Colorado Counties Rejecting ICE Holds

"Denver will no longer hold inmates for federal immigration authorities solely on the basis of immigration status, Sheriff Gary Wilson said Wednesday. The move to refuse federal immigration holds follows federal court rulings in other states that a county sheriff's department is potentially...

More Counties in Washington and Colorado Drop ICE Detainers

"At least four counties in Washington state and four in Colorado have joined a growing number of jurisdictions in Oregon that stopped holding undocumented immigrants in jail for the sole purpose of deportation." - Andrea Castillo, The Oregonian, May 1, 2014 .

Trafficker Sentenced to 10+ Years in Prison; Must Pay $3.8M in Restitution

"Kizzy Kalu of Highlands Ranch, accused of bring nurses to the United States under false pretenses and then collecting much of their pay, was sentenced to serve 130 months in federal prison after being found guilty of visa fraud, human trafficking, mail fraud, and money laundering. Kalu will pay...

Colorado to Issue IDs, Driver Licenses to Immigrants Regardless of Status

"Colorado will begin issuing driver's licenses and identification cards to immigrants Friday regardless of their legal status, underscoring a sea change in a state that less than a decade ago passed strict immigration enforcement laws. Now, thousands of immigrants are waiting to get cards they...

New Colorado Affirmation of Legal Status Form Must be Used Starting October 1, 2014

John Fay writes : "Do you hire employees in Colorado (either now or in the foreseeable future)? Are you concerned about random government audits, especially those that can lead to costly penalties? If so, then take note that the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has released a new...

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries to seek refugee status from inside their countries...