No local rally, but area immigrants still have serious concerns |

No local rally, but area immigrants still have serious concerns

JOHN GARDNERPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Sayre Park was quiet Tuesday. A big difference from last year on May 1. And even though immigration marches and rallies were held around the state and nation through the morning, it seemed like business as usual in Glenwood Springs.No rally, not because immigration is no longer an issue. It’s just that last year had a different set of circumstances, according to Adriana Ayala, Roaring Fork School District’s pre-collegiate director.Ayala said last year’s rally was a national effort to bring attention to the issue. This year it’s still an issue but it’s just not in the same spotlight.”It was a lot about economic boycott and to show what the impact would be,” she said. Last year’s local rally was organized in part by students of Glenwood Springs High School. More than 1,000 people participated by leaving work, school or just taking time out of their day to highlight the impact that immigrants have in the community. But even without the rally the concerns are still apparent.”A lot of students are still concerned,” Ayala said. “I think a lot of them are more concerned now because things are tighter than they have ever been before.”Tuesday morning, reports came in of rallies in Denver, Los Angeles, New York and other cities around the country reminiscent of last year but on a much smaller scale.Students, according to Ayala, still have valid concerns because a lot of students are citizens or documented immigrants, but their parents are not. And that makes for a very unstable situation.”Some students who work, that are illegal, go to work and don’t know if they are going home that night because of the raids that have recently happened,” Ayala said.She said students also are unsure of what they will do after graduation because they don’t know what will become of their parents, and tuition costs keep many of them from attending a college or university.”It’s hard, some of the students have been here all their lives,” Ayala said. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to live like that. It’s frustrating. There is a lot of talk but nothing is happening, there needs to be a reasonable plan.”Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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