What would you do if you and your family were strolling through a public festival, enjoying some free time together, when suddenly, you hear someone shouting your name in a crowd? You turn in the direction of the voice and immediately see several Immigration and Customer Enforcement officers making their way toward you. Should you answer them? Should you turn around and walk away?
If you immigrated to Colorado from another country, you may have encountered various challenges along the way. Especially if your arrival here did not include having all your paperwork in order, life in America may prove difficult, at least until you're able to rectify your situation. A man in another state is apparently having trouble doing so.
Coming to the United States was likely not something you decided impulsively. The immigration process is notoriously slow and complex and you may have waited months or years before obtaining approval for your visa or green card. Once here, you may have found a place to live in Colorado, looked for work and perhaps made some special friends.
Colorado readers may be interested to learn that a Sudanese man seeking asylum in the United States was arrested moments after completing an interview with federal immigration officials in California. Experts say the arrest, which took place on Feb. 8, is just the latest in a series of aggressive immigration-related moves by the Trump administration.
After coming to the United States, many individuals may have thought that they left the worst of their worries behind and that they had the opportunity to start a new phase of life. While this idea may ring true for many people, individuals who did not enter the country legally or who have not obtained citizenship may still have the fear of deportation or other removal efforts in the back of their minds.
Colorado residents may have heard that the father of a 5-year-old child who is battling cancer was recently ordered deported as part of an effort to crackdown on undocumented immigrants in the United States. However, he is currently staying at Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix and plans to stay there for as long as it takes to resolve his case. The man had been deported once before in 2006, and he was apprehended again by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2016.
Residents of Colorado are likely well aware of the current debate in the United States over immigration and immigrant rights. The current presidential administration has aimed to take a strong stance on the issue.
Colorado residents may be familiar with the story of a man who was sent back to Mexico after 30 years in the United States. While the man was just recently deported, his immigration status had been in question since the Obama administration. The man had tried to obtain legal status in 2002, but his attorney made errors in following proper protocols, which led to his selection for removal.
Living as an undocumented immigrant in Colorado may make your life stressful at times. If you're like many other immigrants without legal residency papers, you probably do your best to keep your head low, go to work, obey the law and take care of your family as best you can. You probably get nervous in situations that would seem relatively minor to the average citizen, such as if a police officer pulls you over in a traffic stop.
Immigration advocates have called for an end to a process they say is especially egregious toward certain groups of people living in the United States. Perhaps you're already familiar with mandatory immigrant detention, either because it was experienced by you yourself or one of your close family members. Mandatory detention has been legally occurring since 1988. Do you know that at least 70 percent of immigrants currently incarcerated are behind bars due to mandatory detention laws?