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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...

GEO Sued for Minimum Wage and Forced Labor Law Violations, and Unjust Enrichment

"Yesterday, Alejandro Menoca, Marcos Brambila, Grisel Xahuentitla, Hugo Hernandez, Lourdes, Argueta, Jesus Gaytan, Olga Alexaklina, Dagaberto Vizguerra, and Demetrio Valerga on their own behalf and others similarly situated filed a complaint informing a federal judge that their guards were breaking...

Colorado Employment Verification Form Mirrors Federal I-9

"Does your business hire employees in Colorado? As part of the hiring process, you are likely aware that employers must complete the federal Form I-9 for new employees and examine documents establishing their identity and authorization to work in the United States. However, you may be less aware...

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC: The Impacts of the 2014 Elections on Colorado’s Energy Industry

By Lori A. Dawkins, Member, and Devin C. Daines, Associate The results and impacts of Colorado’s recent elections were widely regarded as positive by those in the energy industry. By narrowly winning a second term, Governor John Hickenlooper will be able to keep intact his oil and gas task force...

Honored to Be a Lawyer and a Citizen - Nomination of Minoru Yasui for Presidential Medal of Freedom

"December 31, 2014 The Honorable President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20500 Re: Presidential Medal of Freedom—Nomination of Minoru Yasui Dear Mr. President: On behalf of the Colorado Bar Association, I am proud and honored to support...

ICE 'Detains' American Man for Three Days, No Apology

"At the end of January, a 21-year-old Gunnison County man went through what might be described as an Orwellian ordeal that seems to have been a result of racial profiling. Bernardo Medina was picked up and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers on January 27 following...

Colo. Ct. App. on Withdrawal of Plea: People v. Corrales-Castro

"[W]e hold that, when, as here, a defendant shows that his or her guilty plea may have serious legal consequences under federal immigration law notwithstanding its withdrawal pursuant to section 18-1.3-102(2), the defendant may challenge the constitutionality of the plea under Crim. P. 32(d)."...

Au Pair Suit Brings Domestic Worker Abuse Into Spotlight

"As a class action unfolds in Colorado alleging au pairs on the J-1 visa program have had their wages fixed at $4.35 per hour, Law360 takes a closer look at the exploitation of domestic workers by abusive employers who range from middle-class families to high-ranking diplomats. [ Link to Beltran...

Colorado Supreme Court: Hotel Owes Duty To Intoxicated Guest

The Supreme Court of Colorado recently held that a hotel could be held liable for an automobile collision that occurred after a security guard evicted an intoxicated guest. Westin Operator, LLC v. Groh, 2015 CO 25, 2015 Colo. LEXIS 295 (Colo. 2015) . The action landed in that court after the Colorado...

Two New Accredited Reps on Colorado's Western Slope

My friend Marketa Zubkova , originally from the Czech Republic, recently received her BIA accreditation for DHS petition matters. Together with Nicole Bernal Ruíz at the Hispanic Affairs Project , Marketa will continue to provide caring, competent representation to immigrants on Colorado's...

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Employers’ Rights To Fire Employees For Medical Marijuana Use

2015 CO 44; 2015 Colo. LEXIS 520 An employee of DISH Network was discharged after he testified positive for THC during a random drug test. The employee was a quadriplegic confined to a wheelchair and obtained a state-issued license to use medical marijuana to treat painful muscle spasms caused by...

Your Editor On the Road, Moving to Colorado!

Posting to www.bibdaily.com may be light and/or delayed for a few days. I'm moving from Austin, returning to my native Colorado, zip 80540. Please bear with me as I pack and unpack boxes. (Have laptop, tablet and smartphone, will relocate!) - Daniel M. Kowalski

Troutman Sanders: 10th Circuit Upholds Colorado’s Renewable Portfolio Standard

On July 13, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit (“10th Circuit”) upheld the State of Colorado’s renewable portfolio standard (“RPS”) as valid under the dormant commerce clause. In doing so, the 10th Circuit held that the RPS (1) was not a price...

Immigrants Recover $305K In Colo. Wage Theft Settlement - Law360

Law360, Aug. 3, 2015 - "A Colorado federal judge signed off Friday on a $305,000 settlement between a suburban Denver Mexican butcher shop and greengrocer and workers, many of them immigrants, who have accused the store of failing to pay a minimum wage and stiffing workers on overtime. U.S. District...

Colorado H-2A Sheepherders' Lawsuit Alleges Wage Fixing: Llacua v. Western Range Assoc.

"The industry is not shy in viewing shepherds less as employees with legal rights and more as indentured servants who should be subject to even criminal sanction if they refuse to work. One sheep rancher and MPAS member recently introduced a state bill that would have made it a crime for a shepherd...

Colorado's Rural Schools Use International Teachers To Fill The Gaps

"Bethune, Colorado, has a population of about 237. It’s 45 miles from the nearest Walmart -- and that’s in Goodland, Kansas. Hop onto Interstate 70, head west for an hour or so and you can get to Limon, Colorado. It's even farther from the Philippines. And from Puerto Rico. But those...

Dire Scarcity of Workers in Colorado Landscaping Industry

Alicia Wallace, Denver Post, Mar. 13, 2016 - "Golden-based B&D Landscape Inc. already has work booked into July, so owner Bill Goings knows he'll need at least two three-person crews to meet his customers' demands through the busy fall. If he doesn't, his balance sheet could take...

J-1 Visa Au Pair FLSA Wage Suit Advances in Colorado; Collusion Smoking Gun? - Beltran v. Noonan

Beltran v. Noonan, Mar. 31, 2016 - "Plaintiffs’ circumstantial evidence presented sufficient circumstantial evidence of a viable economic theory of collusion ... the Court agrees with [Magistrate] Judge Tafoya’s conclusion that the FLSA applies to Plaintiffs’ claims. ... [T]he...

Change of Venue for Your Editor

April 4, 2016, Colorado Dear Friends and Colleagues, As of this date I am very pleased to announce that I have officially returned to my natal state of Colorado and re-joined the Allott Immigration Law Firm , www.allott.com , where I began my immigration law career 31 years ago. New contact info...

No Remedy for Man Attacked by Police K-9

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that a man detained in a vehicle during a traffic stop had no remedy for personal injuries he sustained when he was attacked by a police dog. Plaintiff was a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle and complied with police orders to place his hands in the air. However...

EOIR to Open Aurora, Colorado Detained Immigration Court on May 31, 2016

EOIR, May 17, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review today announced it will be establishing a full-time presence and opening an immigration court in the Department of Homeland Security contract detention facility in Aurora, Colo., on May 31, 2016."

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Colorado Repeals Employment Verification Requirement | On June 8, 2016, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill (House Bill 16-1114) repealing a state requirement that employers maintain a separate affirmation form and retain copies of documents presented when newly hired employees complete...