Colorado immigrants and advocates anxiously await clarity, impact of new policy

Last Updated by RMPBS News Staff, Cynthia Hessin on

In reaction to the presidential election there is fear over the immediate confrontations faced by individuals, and anxiety over which of the avowals Donald Trump made about immigration during the campaign will be carried through.

In an interview broadcast Sunday the president-elect announced his intention to deport 2-3 million people.

The Gazette talked with community counselors and immigration attorneys about reaction in Colorado, finding alarm among those directly affected - and from experts, cautious weighing of possible effects on the whole state.

According to a Pew Research Center report November 3rd, the state's construction industry employs the highest share of undocumented immigrants, with 15 percent of the workforce here illegally. The agriculture and leisure and hospitality industries also employ double-digit shares of undocumented immigrants.

Besides workers, teenagers or adults brought here as toddlers or young children without documentation are keenly aware of how quickly they can lose the protection of the executive order Preisdent Obama signed four years ago, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

Read the full story at The Gazette.



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