To Create a Path we need you to walk it with us! Your endorsement form invites you to say what action you’ll take in support of the campaign. We hope you’ll join us in inviting your local business association, school district board, city council and elected law enforcement officials, faith leaders and faith communities to endorse this movement to say we can and we must change our laws.
We invite you to endorse “The People’s Resolution: Create a Path Forward on Immigration” We call on the Colorado Legislature, Governor Hickenlooper and the Colorado delegation to respond to four Colorado women speaking for thousands of others. As Endorsers we call on you to use the authority of your office to provide official mercy and advocacy in all four cases and to enact policy changes at the State and Federal level allowing all Colorado residents to participate in the wellbeing of our state and to create a path to status they can start walking down.
We know that Congress can create an immigration system that values the tapestry of our communities, the unity of our families and our humanity and create a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented people in the US. As steps toward this goal, we call on Congress to:
➢ Create a path for all Temporary Protected Status holders to legal permanent residency and beyond
➢ Maintain our commitment to human rights by protecting asylum seekers
➢ Restore paths to legal permanent residency for parents of U.S. citizen children by repealing IIRIRA
➢ Restore paths to citizenship by giving back to judges the discretion to consider personal character by repealing IIRIRA
➢ Create a transparent and timely path, fulfilling our promise to families, by eliminating quotas that mean decades of waiting for millions of parents and their children.
We know our Colorado legislature and Governor can shield Coloradans from the most harmful impacts of our immigration policies and:
➢ Uphold our constitution and require Immigration and Customs Enforcement to show a judicial warrant in Colorado before receiving information about or detaining people
➢ Provide a path for all Coloradans to participate in stronger communities:
➢ Allow for equal access to the justice system, meant to serve all Colorado residents, by creating a bright line between law enforcement and ICE, including between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and probation.
➢ Safeguard Coloradans against IIRIRA’s devastating double jeopardy and deportation impacts through public advocacy and pardons.
Ingrid Encalada Latorre has lived in Colorado more than half her life, arriving at age 17, and is raising two US citizen children - Bryant (9) and Anibal (2). She is a well-known leader across the country. After working to sustain herself and her family with false papers, she was thrown into deportation. She completed all restitution and rehabilitation required of her and expressed deep remorse for the harm caused to the person impacted. Congress tied a judge’s hands to consider her case and so, after years of fighting in the courts, she was ordered deported.
Current law does not include a path for Ingrid to apply for status through her minor children nor through her citizen aunt. It is inhumane to further punish people beyond the penalties imposed by the criminal justice system. A 1996 law (IIRIRA) removed the power of discretion from immigration judges to consider evidence of actual personal character. IIRIRA erased a path to status for mothers like Ingrid. This law is a failed and inhumane experiment, depriving fairness to so many like Ingrid.
Rosa Sabido has lived the vast majority of the last 30 years in southwestern Colorado with her step-father and mother, both US citizens She’s a central fixture of the Valley through her catering business and as a secretary for the Catholic Church. She is the main support for her aging US citizen parents. She complied with the terms of ICE’s Order of Supervision between 2008 and 2017 and received Stays of Removal between 2011 and 2017. Without explanation, ICE denied her 7th application for a Stay. She has been the approved beneficiary of her mother’s immigration petition since 2001.
Rosa’s path to status has been delayed for 17 years. The current family based visa number limits set by Congress have delayed the Rosa’s mother’s approved petition. Rosa has been waiting for the opportunity to become a Lawful Permanent Resident through a family reunification visa. Under current law, Rosa’s wait may continue for more than another ten years.
Sandra Lopez has lived in the United States continuously since 2001 and is a well known member of Roaring Fork Valley Colorado community. She lives here with her husband, raising their three US citizen children Areli (2) and Edwin (13), and her oldest son Alex (19), (attending his first year at Mesa State University studying mechanics). Sandra’s deportation began with a wrongful arrest when one of her young kids dialed 911 and hung up. All charges were immediately dropped. However, because of a state law (since repealed), local sheriffs reported Sandra to ICE.
Current law does not include a path for Sandra to allow her to apply through her minor children and current law means deportation continues against Coloradans, even when charges are dropped or they are found innocent. Current law does not include a path to status for long term residents of Colorado.
Araceli Velasquez arrived here seeking asylum as her life is threatened directly if forced to return to El Salvador. She and her husband Jorge are raising three US citizen children, Jorge Jr (4), Christopher (3) and Kevin (14 months). Her previous lawyers did not sufficiently prepare her asylum defense and ICE denied her stay application in 2017 after granting two previous stays.
Current law does not include a path for Araceli’s husband, who has Temporary Protected Status, to apply for her nor to adjust his own status, and current law does not provide a path for her to apply through her minor children