To honor immigrant community members, the Hispanic Affairs Project will observe International Migrants Day on December 18th. The City of Grand Junction (Text of the Proclamation), Montrose, Gunnison, and the town of Crested Butte and Mountain of Crested Butte are making an official International Migrants Day proclamation along these weeks to recognize the social and economic contribution of the migrant families whose are part of our communities. This comes at a critical moment when immigrants are feeling not longer welcome and the debate on immigration is based in race and money.

“I am very proud to be a farmworker. Most people from the U.S. don’t like this job because the pay is low and we spend many hours a day doing hard physical labor; however, I am happy to do this, because I am able to provide food for my family and my community. I don’t understand why the president is canceling the TPS when most of the cardholders are contributing to this country in many ways. We don’t know what will happen to us next year” said Felix Rodas, HAP member who came to USA 19 years ago from Honduras and is working with the Temporary Protection Status (TPS– Fact Sheet) for Haiti and Central American’s residents. Felix has one son with DACA, another protection program recently terminated.

Tom Acker, HAP Board President stated that “In this time of incomparable suffering of millions of migrants as a result of conditions of war and famine, combined with callous indifference on the part of many world leaders, it is the responsibility of those of us that consider this situation unacceptable, to respond with a clear voice declaring that we will not permit distinctions to be made about who has rights and who does not. We strongly object to singling out groups based upon their national origin or their migratory status, especially young people brought to our country as children under the control of their parents. We therefore urge the support of local, state and federal authorities to legislate laws which will protect the innocent and allow them to participate in our communities without fear of deportation or persecution”.

International Migrants Day is an international day observed on 18 December that was created by the General Assembly of United Nations on December 4, 2000. In 2017, President Trump pulled the United States out of the United Nation’s global compact for migration. In the most recent humanitarian crisis around the globe, including southern board, U.N are taking action but the U.S. is not longer involved: N.Y.T. Report

Read the Editorial of The Crested Butte News: Thankful…It calls for fairness and justice.

Monday, November 19th at 7:00pm – Crested Butte City Hall.

Tuesday November 20th at 6:00pm- Town of the Mount Crested Butte

Tuesday, December 4th at 6:00pm- City of Montrose

Wednesday, December 5th at 6:00pm – City of Grand Junction: IMD Proclamation City of GJ 12.4.18

Letter to the Editor from Sandy Dorr Grand Junction: Thank you Letter Grand Junction 12.12.18

Tuesday, December 11th at 5:30pm – City of Gunnison

Tuesday, December 11th at 4:00pm – Gunnison County (Court)

City of Fruita: Inclusivity Proclamation November 20th.

Global Compact for Migration. Although the United State decides no to participate in this initiative, many countries are together to introduce policies and practices to ensure migration as a human being matter and opportunity. Read more: Global compact for migration FINAL text

This Global Compact rests on the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations.The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization that was tasked to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations, achieve international co-operation and be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations

Press release from 2017:

Montrose Press Release: IMD Montrose 12.5.17

Grand Junction Press Release: Grand Junction IMD 2017

Gunnison Press Release: Coming Soon!