Immigration Law

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Income Inequality, Immigration Status and COVID-19 Threaten Historic Colorado Town
Posted on 27 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Nathaniel Minor, Colorado Public Radio, July 23, 2020 "Leadville, along with the rest of Colorado’s tourist-reliant mountain communities, was hit hard by the closure of ski resorts and restrictions on travel within the state, which kept recreationists... Read More

Colo. Gov. Polis Seeks to Limit Release of PII to ICE - "Guidance"
Posted on 25 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Executive Guidance, May 20, 2020 "For each request for PII [personal identifying information] by the Federal government or a third party, excluding those requests to systems that under federal or State law cannot be used for administrative or immigration... Read More

Tags: Colorado , ICE , polis

Another Loss for Trump and Barr: Colorado v. DOJ
Posted on 27 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Colorado v. DOJ "This case concerns the ability of Defendant the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) to attach certain immigration-related conditions to federal grant funds provided to state and local law enforcement under the Edward... Read More

"We Just Can't Leave. We Are Stuck."
Posted on 15 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jason Blevins, The Colorado Sun, Apr. 14, 2020 "When Gov. Jared Polis ordered the state’s ski areas to close on March 14, he also launched Ana Panessi into a frantic race to get home. It was a race she did not win. “So many people... Read More

Habeas Petition Filed in Colorado: Codner v. Choate
Posted on 14 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

RMIAN, Arnold & Porter, NIPNLG, Apr. 14, 2020 " Medically-Vulnerable Immigrants Detained by ICE in Aurora, Colorado Seek Immediate Release Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic Detained Individuals File Urgent Petition for Release from Detention Center... Read More

Advocates Ask Colo. Gov. Polis to Address Immigration Detention
Posted on 13 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AILA, American Immigration Council, RMIAN, Apr. 13, 2020 "As your administration works to address the crisis created by the coronavirus in Colorado, we write to urge you to take any and all steps possible to compel an orderly but significant reduction... Read More

Colo. Gov. Polis Signs Bill Prohibiting Civil Courthouse Arrests
Posted on 24 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gov. Polis Signs Bills Into Law, Mar. 23, 2020 SENATE BILL 20-083 - Prohibit Courthouse Civil Arrest Read More

Tags: Colorado , polis

ACLU Report Highlights Death, Abuse and Neglect at Colo. ICE Jail
Posted on 18 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU Colorado, Sept. 18, 2019 "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers operate without meaningful accountability or oversight. One facility in particular — the Aurora Contract Detention Facility (ACDF), operated by... Read More

From Colorado, Labor Trafficking News
Posted on 2 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sarah Tory, High Country News, July 29, 2019 "Phyllis Adkins, 65, had known William and Leonida Sackett for six years before she met the people who would later become their victims. Like the Sacketts, Adkins owned a farm in Rocky Ford, Colorado... Read More

Colo. Lawsuit Targets 287(g) Agreement
Posted on 10 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Grace Carson, Colo. Independent, June 28, 2019 "The ACLU of Colorado has sued Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell, alleging his office is working with federal immigration officers to arrest and detain immigrants in violation of state law. The... Read More

Tags: ACLU , Colorado , 287(g)

Reps Lead Bipartisan Letter to Change Administration Guidance on Immigrants Working in the Cannabis Industry
Posted on 30 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Congressman Joe Neguse, May 29, 2019 "Representatives Joe Neguse (D-CO), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Kelly Armstrong (R-ND) are leading a bipartisan letter urging Attorney General Barr and Acting Secretary McAleenan to retract guidelines issued... Read More

Colo. Gov. Polis Signs Pro-Immigrant Bills
Posted on 29 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law House Bill 1124, Protect Colorado Residents From Federal Government Overreach : " BILL SUMMARY The bill allows a law enforcement officer or employee to cooperate or... Read More

Denver DA Immigration Consequences Policy (April 2019)
Posted on 25 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beth McCann, Denver District Attorney, Apr. 23, 2019 "... Unless ... immigration effects are taken into consideration by deputy district attorneys in appropriate circumstances, some defendants will be exposed to direct consequences that were not... Read More

Denver Mayor Seeks Guidance from DOJ on Citizenship Denials, Marijuana
Posted on 11 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

At least two Colorado LPRs were denied naturalization "solely because of their cannabis industry employment." Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock wrote this letter dated April 3, 2019 to Attorney General Barr asking for "formal guidance from... Read More

Colo. Gov. Polis Signs Two Pro-Immigrant Bills
Posted on 29 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HB19-1042 - Extend Court Jurisdiction For Vulnerable Youth RMIAN : "Governor Polis signed into law Colorado House Bill 19-1042 , Extension of Court Jurisdiction for Vulnerable Youth, creating vital protections and opportunities for immigrant youth... Read More