Immigration Rally Sends a Message to Gardner

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Posted Sat, Apr 8, 2017

Rep. Joe Salazar speaks to a modest crowd at the Colorado Stands with Immigrants rally at Skyline Park on March 25. [Photo: Madison Lauterbach]

DENVER–On March 25, a modest, but passionate crowd, gathered at Skyline Park to show solidarity with Colorado immigrants. Among the speakers were Sen. Mike Johnston and Rep. Joe Salazar from the Colorado General Assembly.

The event was held in ongoing protest again President Donald Trump’s immigration policy and an opportunity for attendees to send a letter to U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner urging him to sign the Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream of Growing Our Economy, or BRIDGE Act. The proposed bipartisan legislation would allow those who are eligible under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, to continue living in the country with permission from the federal government. The bill has received criticism from both sides of the aisle.

“I’m not sure it is comprehensive enough, but it’s a step forward,” Salazar said.

The letter attendees could send to Gardner urged him to co-sponsor, or at a minimum give full support to the BRIDGE Act. Gardner has come under fire with his constituents recently for his full support of the Trump administration’s agenda. Greg Nixon, an event protester, said that he hopes the letter will get Gardner’s attention.

Protestor Greg Nixon holds up his sign at the Colorado Stands with Immigrants rally at Skyline Park on March 25. [Photo: Madison]

“Hopefully, it’ll make him more aware of what his constituents want from him,” he said. “The voters of Colorado put him in office and he needs to do what we ask him to do.”

The BRIDGE Act comes at a crucial time for undocumented immigrants, who have become a main target for President Trump. Under the Trump administration, a new government office has been formed under the Department of Homeland Security to track and publish crimes committed. The new office, named the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement, or VOICE, published their first of what will be a weekly list of those crimes on March 20. The rhetoric of the Trump administration and the recent ICE raids have made many undocumented immigrants fear for their safety. However, an attendee of the rally and DREAMer, who wished to stay anonymous because of that status, said, “I don’t have any fear. A lot of people expect me to have fear, but that’s how the system works. They want to oppress you to the point that you’re so fearful that you don’t know what to do anymore.”

Little is expected to happen as a result of the letter to Gardner, according to Salazar.

“Cory Gardner is a boob, simply put,” he said. “I don’t think anything is going to happen with this letter. But we’re going to remember these moments.”

10 Responses to “Immigration Rally Sends a Message to Gardner”

  1. Ilianna Lopez Says:

    I loved your article. I’m disappointed I didn’t know about this event before it happened. I liked that you used more than one quote and used them well and also provided great background information.

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  2. Zach Peele Says:

    Very well composed article. I appreciate the amount of background information you gave towards the end of the article.

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  3. Suzanne Shapiro Says:

    This was a moving article and made me want to become more involved. Excellent quotes made the article even stronger.

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  4. Miriam Madrid Says:

    good coverage. very informative about BRIDGE and what is happening with the legislation. I appreciate that you shared good quotes. Great context. Wonder what is happening next?

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  5. Audrey Frye Says:

    I enjoyed reading this article. The quotes were great and really captured most of my attention, not that you aren’t a great writer.

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  6. Brooke Jones Says:

    Great article as always. Your pictures really made the article come to life, when reading. People need to stop the hate and be united…we need to all live as one. Great Job

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  7. Montana Martin Says:

    What a wonderful quote to end the story with. Really summed up the feeling behind it. Nice job!

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  8. Ali Watkins Says:

    Great title and lead. I also love the quotes! It gives the story a voice and personality

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  9. Mayra Cabrera Says:

    I greatly appreciated and loved the article. Very well written!

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  10. Aaron Germani Says:

    Love the end quote on the story. Overall great article and did a great job on this one!

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