Immigration

In the wake of several high-profile decisions on immigration by President Trump, residents packed a room at the Glenwood Springs Library on Tuesday night to hear local leaders debate the issue.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the federal agency in charge of enforcing immigration law. It’s been active in the Roaring Fork Valley over the past several days.

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.   

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is working to reach immigrant populations targeted in extortion scams.

Pitkin County officials are still scratching their heads about why the federal government has threatened one of their funding sources.

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.

Aspen Public Radio

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.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Residents in Glenwood Springs have elected a new city council. And with the new majority, expect changes afoot, especially as the issues on both ends of the valley become more connected.

The Basalt Town Council is expected to vote on a resolution to become a “safe harbor” for immigrants.

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This past week, immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented people across the country. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said this is nothing out of the ordinary.

In a recent executive order, President Donald Trump took aim at “sanctuary cities.” These are places that, supposedly, don’t comply with federal immigration authorities.

Three Aspen residents became U.S. citizens this week after taking the Oath of Allegiance at the federal courthouse in Grand Junction. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts has the story.

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.

Immigrants play an important role in the economy as consumers, taxpayers, workers, and business owners.

Feature speakers: Ronald Brownstein, Grover Norquist, Cristina Jiménez, Deepak Bhargava

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. 

Marci Krivonen

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.

Your Morning News - November 25th, 2014

Nov 25, 2014

New Snowmastodon Research Released

A new volume of research documents in detail the Ice Age fossil find in Snowmass Village. The Denver Museum of Nature and Science announced yesterday the so-called Snowmastodon Project Science Volume is being published in an international journal.

Fourteen papers by 47 authors from the United States and abroad contributed to the work. Snowmastodon Project co-leader Dr. Ian Miller says it represents a new benchmark for understanding climate change in the American West.

Your Evening News - November 24th, 2014

Nov 24, 2014

Immigration Attorneys Concerned about “Notarios”

In the wake of President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration, one law firm in Glenwood Springs is putting out a warning. They’re afraid unauthorized consultants, or notarios, will take advantage of people wanting to apply for temporary legal status.

Even though President Obama announced plans to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program and shield parents of U.S. citizens from being deported. Many of these programs won’t go into place for several weeks.

Roaring Fork Valley "Dreamers" Renew DACA Status

Nov 3, 2014
Marci Krivonen

More than half a million immigrants nationwide took advantage of the policy that protects against deportation and offers a work permit for those who qualify. These young people applied for the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, two years ago. Now they are renewing. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports it’s estimated hundreds of people in the Roaring Fork Valley applied.

I meet Cristina Pena in the Walmart parking lot in Glenwood Springs. The 24-year-old is still wearing her uniform. She just finished her shift as a cashier.

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