Letter: Healthy discussion
The conversation around immigration issues in Glenwood Springs is healthy and robust. Thank you to those community members who took time to meet with me during my recent Western Slope tour. As Colorado’s organizing associate for FWD.us, I visit with communities throughout the state to discuss the importance of immigration policy and its impacts on local economies. FWD.us is working to promote policies that keep the U.S. competitive in a global economy, starting with fixing our broken immigration system.
During my tour of the Western Slope, I spoke with a number of community members about various immigration-related issues. One common theme that came up focused on the H2A visa program and the need for reform. Colorado’s agricultural industry continues to face a labor shortage and reforming the system to allow for a greater workforce remains a priority for farmers and ranchers.
Another issue that was top of mind for many was the need to protect students, both those who are recipients of DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) as well as those who are here on student visas.
In Garfield County, I met Jen Quevedo, Rotario Club president, and Jon Fox-Ruben with Valley Settlement, as well as others to discuss a variety of topics as they relate to immigration including local workforce, housing and public safety issues.
We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Our primary goals are to secure our borders and provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Thanks again to those Glenwood Springs community members who met with me to share their local stories and experiences.