Immigration Advocates Join Denver MLK Celebration
La Raza Youth Leadership Program
Immigrant’s rights groups marched in solidarity with the 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Marade, in Denver, CO. Monday. While organizations have participated in the event for years, a special effort to get out the immigrant base was made this year. Organizers say "Marade" is a fun way to marry the words march and parade, and for all communities in Colorado to come together.
Denver acting Mayor, Guillermo Bill V. Vidal makes his first proclamation
Last year was one of the toughest periods in a generation for undocumented immigrants. After the state of Arizona passed SB 1070, the toughest anti-immigrant law in the history of the United States, voices against immigrants have been rising to a shrill pitch throughout the nation.
The Dream Act, which would have allowed children of undocumented students to go to college or serve in the US military was killed in the conservative United States Senate during the lame duck session. The Dream Act would have allowed students to apply as permanent residents after a 10 year wait so long as they paid out-of-state tuition, did not use public health care, passed background checks and paid substantial fines which would have added billions to the US treasury.
Denver MLK celebration draws thousands in Denver's Civic Center Park
Despite Judge Susan Bolton ruling major portions of Arizona SB 1070 unconstitutional, Arizona continues to spend millions of dollars defending the legislation, while cutting vital organ transpants to citizens. Various states are attempting passage of copy-cat laws, despite knowing the states will incur endless and expensive litigation. Florida may be near to passing an SB 1070 style law. A conservative legislature continues discussions in Colorado. Meanwhile, ICE boasted a record number of deportations during 2010.
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