Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate's mission is to provide academic and extracurricular support to motivated middle and high school students who would be the first generation in their families to graduate from college. The recent and overwhelming immigration concerns impact many Pre Collegiate participants. David Smith, Executive Director, Jim Light, current Mentor and member of Pre Collegiate's advisory board, and Aranza Lopez, Basalt High School Senior and Pre Collegiate participant speak on the impact Roaring Fork Pre Collegiate has on these students.
This week on Audio Canvas, Sarah Thornton discusses a panel she will lead called Sisters on Top: Art-world professionals talk about Islam, Immigration and Ingenuity. The panel features Diana Al-Hadid, Hume Bhabha, and Leila Heller.
Pitkin County Sheriff, Joe DiSalvo, was recently contacted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. He learned the county is on a list with five others in Colorado who allegedly are going to lose federal funding.
On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions narrowed the definition of “sanctuary jurisdictions.” They are now places that “willfully refuse to comply” with federal immigration law. Pitkin County is one of them.
The Attorney General’s Office announced Thursday that it has opened an investigation into the practice of scammers booking all of the available appointments at the Department of Motor Vehicles that taxpaying immigrants need to get a state ID.
In the 1980's, an increasing number of immigrants - predominantly from Mexico and Central America - became a vital part of the Roaring Fork Valley. Some of these new immigrants struggled to learn English and in some cases, cultural divides developed.
Elizabeth Ferrill is the new artistic director of painting, drawing, and printmaking at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. She discusses her goals in her new position, as well as her personal work and inspiration. Ferrill recently did a study of fences along the U.S. / Mexico border.
Many immigrants in the Roaring Fork Valley are impacted by a court battle being waged at the federal level. A ruling from a Texas judge this week forced the Obama administration to halt executive actions on immigration. They would have provided legal protection and work permits.