The West Slope branch of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) held a regional meeting this past Saturday 2/23/19 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Montrose. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss current legislative initiatives in Colorado that would benefit immigrants and their families living here.
Led by Nelly Garcia, CIRC’s West Slope Regional Organizer, attendees talked about Virginia’s Law and I-Drive.
What are the origins of Virginia’s Law?
After her arrest, Virginia was detained for two weeks on immigration charges, which were enabled by communication between the local police department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She was held without access to medical attention. Fortunately for Virginia, as a victim of domestic violence she gained legal status through the Violence Against Women Act, which protected her from a past deportation order.
Unforunately, several months after the first incident she was again attacked by her husband, who entered her home. Scarred by her previous interaction with the police, she chose not to report the incident, and suffered the abuse of her husband.
What would Virginia’s Law accomplish?
- Arrests of undocumented persons.
- The presence of undocumented persons at court dates, probation appointments, hospitals or schools.
- Release dates of undocumented persons from local custody.
What is I-Drive?
Where can I get an I-Drive license?
- Glenwood Springs
Find out more about how to apply for an I-Drive driver’s license here! Make sure to read this page carefully!
CIRC West Slope Regional Meeting Attendees
Saturday’s meeting had a great turnout, represented by these organizations:
- Hispanic Affairs Project (HAP)
- Montrose Immigrant Alliance (MIA)
- Western Colorado Alliance (WCA)
- Delta League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
- Organizing for Action (OFA)
- D3 (District 3) Indivisible
- Riverside Task Force (RTF)
Keep an eye on our noticias page for information about upcoming events!