Time of uncertainty for many
I am one of those DREAMers wrapped up in the debate over immigration policy. The future of the DACA program is unclear.
During his campaign, President Donald Trump promised to end DACA, which protects the roughly 750,000 undocumented young people who came to this country as children - 28,500 in Colorado alone. Trump has recently backed off that promise, but the immigration policies he's putting in place are setting a tone of uncertainty for all immigrants.
I am a 19-year-old DACA student, born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. I was brought to the U.S. when I was 3 months old and have lived in Colorado Springs ever since. I am co-founder and ex-president of the Dreamers Club at Harrison High School, and now attend Pikes Peak Community College where I am enrolled in the paralegal program. I want to be a teacher and eventually a lawyer. Being able to give back and be an advocate for others is what keeps me sane while I go to school fulltime and work a full-time job to pay it all out of pocket.
I want to believe President Trump will do the right thing and continue to protect DREAMers. There is legislation before Congress that would allow people eligible or enrolled in the DACA program to continue living in the United States should President Trump repeal DACA. The BRIDGE Act is not a permanent solution and does not provide a permanent pathway to legal status or U.S. citizenship, but would allow DREAMers to continue working and going to school without fear of deportation.
I know many people who are afraid to come out of the shadows right now. I urge Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to sign onto the BRIDGE Act, and for the rest of our Colorado delegation to do the same.
Abuse of America's good will
I was recently watching an interview on TV of a man who was all for allowing "illegal immigrants" into America in spite of the fact they broke our immigration laws. One of the statements he made was that some of these immigrants entered legally and "all they had done was overstayed their visa!" He did not feel that overstaying the visa limit was breaking the law? He felt they should be given legal status.
So, I would like to break this problem down to its lowest common denominator. Let's assume a citizen, out of the goodness of his heart, takes someone into his house temporarily to help them out. After some length of time, the good Samaritan asks that person to leave thinking it was time he should be on his feet and ready to go home but the "alien in his house refuses to leave!" Now, the alien accuses the citizen of being mean and heartless for asking him to leave! That is what illegal aliens (not immigrants) are doing to the American people in a much larger way. Something has to be done to get control of our country's borders and the abuse of America's good will! We must enforce the laws that are on the books.
The safety of the country
President Donald Trump recently issued an executive order enacting a refugee ban from designated Middle East countries having terrorist activity. These are very difficult times and our own country has already been effected by terrorism and is still very much in danger.
In my opinion, President Trump is displaying administrative courage by acting quickly in addressing a very serious problem that directly involves the safety of our country and all of us. His proposed solution may not be popular to everyone but obviously something does need to be done immediately. I believe it is the time for everyone to stand united in supporting our president's effort to protect us all.
Guy M. Grace Sr.
Open to all for business
HB 1013 marks the third time a religious exemption bill has been proposed in Colorado in the past three years, and I hope it's the last. Legislation like this not only promotes discrimination, but threatens the prosperity of Colorado's small business community.
As the owner of a small business, Color Me Mine, I have no doubt that the passage of bills like HB 1013 would negatively impact our local economy. My business often hosts wedding-related events, like bachelorette parties, and I'm sure these customers would take their dollars to other states if we enact religious-exemption laws. I also want to hire the best people, and discriminatory laws may cause workers from the LGBT community to seek employment in other states.
Additionally, most business owners want to serve everyone, so it's not surprising that Small Business Majority's scientific polling found small-business owners in Colorado oppose any overly broad religious exemptions that could allow for anti-LGBT discrimination.
The bottom line is that small businesses in Colorado can't compete if we are not viewed as being open for business to all. I'm glad Colorado lawmakers rejected this measure last week and hope we don't see this bill again next year.
A matter of security concern
I have lived in Colorado Springs for over 30 years. Last October, I notified Colorado Springs Utilities of a streetlamp that was out at the entrance to my home off Union Boulevard. I have continuously called every month, as it has not been fixed. I recently have been told people have been waiting since last January! They state it is not a priority and no time frame can be given to fix it.
This is very concerning for the safety and security of our residents. It is a security priority for me. They sure were able to take the bike lanes out on Research as soon as the public complained.
Reading column between giggles
A hearty thank you to Marc Dion for his column about juice bars. I read it to my mother (as well as I could between giggles) and we had our best laugh in weeks. My mother is not a hipster, but she has been drinking cow squeezin' smoothies for years.
For someone who's only 5 foot 1 and 62 years old, she's clearly a tough lady! Maybe some day Marc could introduce her to Tiny.