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Category Archives: Immigrants’ Rights

4.12.17

ACLU of Colorado Files Lawsuit Demanding Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban

DENVER — ACLU affiliates in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming and Alaska filed a joint Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today demanding government documents from their regional U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) office about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans. Today’s action is part of a total of 13 FOIA lawsuits filed by ACLU affiliates across the country.  Each suit seeks unique and local information regarding how CBP implemented the executive.... | Read More

8.24.16

ACLU Files Suit for Records Illegally Denied by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

8/24/16 DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today challenging a practice by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of withholding documents, without legal justification, that immigration lawyers require to advocate for clients that the agency deems to be “fugitives.” “The Freedom of Information Act lists nine and only nine possible grounds an agency may rely on to withhold documents from disclosure,” said ACLU of Colorado Legal Director.... | Read More

12.9.15

ACLU Comment on Donald Trump’s Call to Ban Muslims From Entering United States

12/8/15 NEW YORK - The American Civil Liberties Union admonished Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his call to bar Muslims from entering the United States. ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero said: "Donald Trump's proposal to bar Muslims from entering our country based solely on their faith is blatantly unlawful and fundamentally un-American. We are a nation of immigrants, many of whom came to this country to escape prejudice and discrimination. We urge all of our political.... | Read More

11.19.15

ACLU of Colorado Applauds Governor Hickenlooper for Protecting Refugees Fleeing Terror in Syria

11/19/15 DENVER– “The ACLU of Colorado applauds Governor Hickenlooper for rejecting fear-driven governing and for protecting refugees fleeing terror and persecution in Syria. “Our freedom erodes when we trade our values for fear.  The U.S. has long been a leader in refugee protection and resettlement and needs to show courageous and bold leadership now. “As the Governor rightly explained earlier this week, the U.S. refugee system is extremely rigorous in security checks and screening. .... | Read More

1.23.15

Lawmakers Choose Politics over People, Vote Again to Defund Driver’s License Law

January 23, 2015 DENVER – Members of the Joint Budget Committee of the Colorado legislature voted today for the second time this week to block funding for implementation of the Colorado Road and Safety Act.  Based on these votes, the Department of Revenue will not be allowed to access thousands of dollars in fees that have been collected through the law, which allows immigrant Coloradans to access driver’s licenses. Statement of ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director Denise Maes: “The.... | Read More

11.21.14

ACLU Comment on President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions Announcement

November 20, 2014 WASHINGTON – Tonight, President Obama will announce a package of executive actions that could temporarily shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Below are preliminary thoughts from ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero: “The ACLU supports the President for taking necessary action to restore some fairness to our broken immigration system, and to place limits on the devastating deportation machine that has torn apart countless families.... | Read More

9.18.14

All Colorado Jails Now Reject Federal Immigration Detainers

September 18, 2014 DENVER – All of Colorado’s county jails have now confirmed to the ACLU of Colorado that they no longer honor detainer requests from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE routinely issues detainer requests, or “ICE holds,” to local jails.  They ask sheriffs to continue holding a person in jail for up to five days past the time when the person would otherwise be released, so that ICE can decide whether to take that person into federal custody for a.... | Read More

7.16.14

Bilingual Website Launches to Help New Colorado Immigrant Drivers

7/16/2014 Denver - Today, the Licencias Para Todos Colorado website will launch. This bilingual website is a one-stop shop for Coloradan immigrants who are now eligible to obtain driver’s licenses, instruction permits and identification cards under a state law passed in 2013.  The website, www.licenciasparatodoscolorado.com, is a collaboration between the ACLU of Colorado, The Meyer Law Office, Licencias Para Todos, ProgressNow Colorado, and the Colorado Latino Forum. The website is available.... | Read More

7.2.14

Majority of Colorado Sheriffs Now Reject Federal Immigration Detainers

July 2, 2014 DENVER –More than half of Colorado’s 64 sheriffs have confirmed to the ACLU of Colorado that they no longer detain people past their release at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The ACLU has advocated to sheriffs since April that they act without legal authority, and face legal liability, if they rely on detainer requests from ICE as a basis to hold prisoners who would otherwise be released. Last week, following a $30k settlement between Arapahoe.... | Read More

6.19.14

Colorado Sheriff to Pay $30K to Woman Held on Immigration Detainer

6/19/14 DENVER – Arapahoe County has agreed to pay $30,000 to Claudia Valdez, a domestic violence victim who called police for help, was arrested herself, and then held in the Arapahoe County Jail at the request of federal immigration authorities for three days after a judge had ordered her release. Valdez called police in July 2012, when a domestic dispute with her husband turned physical.  When law enforcement arrived on the scene, they arrested Valdez and took her to jail.  After her.... | Read More





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