Life in the shadows

May 10, 2016

Stories of domestic violence and sexual assault on undocumented immigrant women tell of a deep-seated problem in the United States. *Author’s note: Italicized portions are based on case studies from victim advocate counselors. Names have been changed to protect the persons involved. Photo: Francesco Scaramella via Flickr Creative Commons Marisa...

Presidential primary candidates on US‑Mexico immigration reform

May 9, 2016

From the wall-rhetoric of Trump to the pro-DREAM Act promises of Clinton and Sanders, finding a "solution" to America's immigration problems has become the hot-button issue in the 2016 race for the White House.

Mixed green (cards): Agriculture and immigration’s strained relationship

May 9, 2016

Large cutout paintings dot the landscape of farmland in the Salinas Valley. Photo by Debra Jane Seltzer ( ) In the fertile lands of central California lies the Salinas Valley , where 369,000 acres of land provide the country with $8.1 billion worth of fruits and vegetables annually. Nicknamed...

Eastern dreams meet Western realities: Portraits of Bangladeshi immigrants

May 9, 2016

More than 277,000 immigrants from Bangladesh live in the United States. That number may grow if the country's 'descent into lawlessness' continues. Stock image In 1974, Kayes Ahmed got on a one-way flight out of Bangladesh to begin an indefinite self-imposed exile from the country he fought to free. All...

Ethiopians in Colorado

May 9, 2016

Fasting-growing immigrant group in the U.S. has had a large presence in Colorado since the 1970s Stock image This story is told in a few paragraphs, a motion graphic, an audio story and an exhaustive timeline. Enjoy. Colorado is home to a large population of Ethiopian immigrants. Nearly 30,000 live...

Incarcerating the Innocent

May 9, 2016

Call it 'detention' if you'd like, but immigrant advocates say detention centers feel and look more like prison In this investigative audio piece, CU News Corps’ David Cook examines detention centers used to house undocumented U.S. immigrants, like the facility in Aurora, Colorado. While few know of the conditions these...

A Visit from the Neighbors

May 9, 2016

Canadians have a much easier time crossing the border and becoming citizens than Mexicans do. Photo Credit: Peter Dutton via Wikimedia Commons A shout rang out: “I am not a criminal!” A door slams. A man is curled in a ball on the floor. A woman in the audience cries...

Decoding the struggle

May 4, 2016

Refugees from Myanmar have one of the lowest rates of assimilation among Colorado immigrants Author’s note: Myanmar is now the official name of the Southeast Asian nation previously known as Burma until the year 1989. Both names are used in the story below. She spent five lonely months at the...

Immigration detention center gets certified as child care center

May 3, 2016

Russian man dies at San Diego ICE detention center, sixth detainee to die since October In this Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 photo, elementary aged children talk about a short story in Spanish during a class at the Karnes County Residential Center, a temporary home for immigrant women and children detained...

Aurora’s heavily white police force is firing at blacks

May 1, 2016

Aurora says it’s a coincidence that its predominately white officers are shooting at black subjects. Watchdogs don’t buy that theory. Stock image This story was produced by CU News Corps for the Colorado Independent and ran on April 13, 2016 . Aurora police are shooting black people at a rate...