Immigration

Aleida Ramirez is proud of her old driver's license. It's faded and battered, held together by tape in two places, and it expired two years ago.

But Ramirez wouldn't think of throwing it out.

"Because it's my treasure," Ramirez says. "I mean, this is the only proof that I've been living in this state. This is the only proof that I have that I've been working hard, that I want to be here."

Colorado's new Republican Senate has majority flexed their muscles at the state capitol, using their power on the Joint Budget Committee to defund a 2013 law allowing people in the country illegally to obtain a state driver's license. They also struck down a bill to harmonize Colorado's civil unions law with a gay marriage ban that was deemed unconstitutional by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. On top of that, a commission looking at pay equity between men and women was struck down.

With split legislative control and Democrats in charge of the House, how will this impact both parties politically?

The executive actions that President Obama announced Thursday are wide-reaching and complicated. Even the top-line numbers — such as how many people will be affected — are tough to pin down, because they are based on estimates of a population that Obama himself has said is living the shadows.

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After four years in office Governor John Hickenlooper is facing the toughest campaign of his political career. A recent poll from The Denver Post shows his race against Republican former Congressman Bob Beauprez statistically tied. What's more, Beauprez is also making gains on Hickenlooper in the Denver metro area and in rural Colorado.

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Former Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez is facing a close race against Governor John Hickenlooper in his gubernatorial bid. Back in 2006, he made several missteps in his campaign for governor, but in this 2014 run he's run a much tighter ship.

Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The number of Central American children and families being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border has dropped dramatically in recent months, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. There has been a 60 percent decline in apprehensions of minors since the record numbers making the illegal trek earlier this summer.

A lot of factors may be contributing to the dramatic drop, including heavy rains along the migrant route and media campaigns in home countries dispelling rumors that kids can stay in the U.S.

In southwest Denver, a wave of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador has settled in the neighborhoods around the intersection of Federal Boulevard and Alameda Avenue.

Billboards are in Spanish. Chile stands, taquerias and Asian noodle houses line the streets.

In a small office plaza across from a carniceria, a group of Latino activists are staging a press conference to roll out their Immigration Voter Accountability Project.

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A program in Colorado's Delta County is helping immigrant women learn English, but they're not just sitting in a classroom studying grammar.

These women come from countries as close as Mexico and as far away as Myanmar (also known as Burma). And they're learning English on a farm where they also pick up tips on healthy eating and gardening on the Western Slope.

A Trip to the Farm

Since October more than 57,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries have been detained at the U.S.-Mexican border.

Recent numbers from the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement said more than 30,000 of these children have been release to sponsors, typically a parent or relative, in the United States.

The report showed 221 kids have been released to sponsors in Colorado between Jan. 1 and July 7.

Headlines

  • Hickenlooper visits Craig & Rifle, Calls for Compromise on Greater Sage Grouse
  • DMEA Expects Hydroelectric Upgrades to Increase Efficiency, Save Money
  • Business Leaders Across State Call for Quick Immigration Reform
  • Looking at the Challenges of Sourcing Food Locally with Joel Salatin

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Jul 9, 2013
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Headlines:

  • Aurora Shooter James Holmes’ Parents Will Be Allowed to Watch Trial
  • Colorado Health Exchange Opens October First
  • Ouray City Councilor Gary Hansen Dies Succumbs to Cancer
  • Grand Junction Apartments Evacuated After Homemade Explosives Found
  • Pressure Is On for Colorado Republicans to Back Immigration Bill
  • iSeeChange Report: Ditch Lining and Wildlife

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013

Headlines:

  • Prescribed burn on the Uncompahgre Plateau today and tomorrow
  • First legal hemp crop in Colorado planted
  • Innovative program in Carbondale helps immigrants join the melting pot
  • Anti-gas development film is free tonight at the Paradise
  • Tours of the valley from on high
  • What $50,000 can do for Thompson Divide

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, April 12, 2013

Apr 12, 2013

Headlines:

  • “Non-citizen” driver’s license bill passes Senate committee
  • Whooping cough breaks out in Garfield County
  • Can medical marijuana users buy guns? Some say no.
  • The strange tale of the U.S. government and helium
  • Western Slope Skies: The moon and its phases

A new survey shows that politicians in both parties may be missing the mark when it comes to courting the state’s crucial Hispanic voting bloc – which grew by 41 percent over the last decade. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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