One year ago, thousands of Coloradans marched in a historic display of resistance. At the ACLU of Colorado we carried that spirit throughout the year, fighting on many fronts for civil liberties. We won’t stop now.
By canceling DACA, Trump has put 800,000 young people at risk of losing their jobs and being deported from the only country they know as home. Passing the bipartisan Dream Act would protect them. We asked four Dreamers why the Dream Act is important to them and their future.
James Fisher spoke at the ACLU of Colorado Bill of Rights Dinner about how he and the ACLU are working together to stop the criminalization of poverty for the thousands of Coloradans who are trapped in debtors’ prisons.
Our membership has quadrupled in the last six months, making it possible to do more than ever to protect civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado. Thank you to all our new members, supporters, and donors, and the ones who’ve been with us for years.
Category Archives: Immigrants’ Rights
ICE’s Modern-day Reign of Terror
As Donald Trump read his State of the Union address, offering DACA recipients as a bargaining chip for his wall, along with stingier limits on legal immigration and funding for a more vicious immigration enforcement regime, a victim of that regime, Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, sat in the for-profit GEO detention facility in Aurora, Colorado, facing imminent deportation. Audemio has a wife and seven children in Vida, Montana, where he has worked as a ranch hand and lived for 20 years. Six of his children,.... | Read More
ACLU of Colorado Statement on Termination of DACA
9/5/17 DENVER — The Trump administration today announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The DACA program has served as a critical lifeline for nearly 800,000 young immigrants, or “Dreamers,” including more than 17,000 here in Colorado, who came to this country as children and know the United States as their only home. The following is a statement from ACLU of Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley reacting to the White House.... | Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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