Ramirez Valiente’s lawyer, Lisa Guerra, said a motion filed to reopen his case cannot be processed because of the partial government shutdown.
"I do think Donald Trump is a racist based on his tweets, not just since he's been president, but when he was running for president," DeGette said.
President Donald Trump asserted that all Americans are hurt by uncontrolled illegal immigration in an address to encourage support for the border wall.
The Republican Colorado senator said he does support President Donald Trump's fight for more border security funding now.
While Latino voters remain a key part of the Democratic coalition, a third reliably vote Republican even as President Trump and the party shift right on immigration.
Supporters say the percentage of immigrants who can’t afford a lawyer for their cases is an affront to due process rights.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado successfully sued Sheriff Bill Elder for the practice.
Immigration court backlogs have swelled, from 190,000 to almost 800,000 in 2018 — among those asylum claims jumped to almost 150,000 in 2017.
The 13th-annual Refugee First Thanksgiving was different this year in light of the Trump administration's changes to refugee resettlement.
Denver set aside $385,000 to be divided among four nonprofit groups, including the Rocky Mountain Immigration Advocacy Network.