Immigrant rights groups protest Trump's immigration reform plan at state Capitol

Posted at 8:49 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 22:49:00-05

DENVER -- You don't have to look far in Denver to find a Latino family that's been shaken up by deportation of a loved one.

“My dad was deported when I was 13 and my mom who's also undocumented became a single mother and I became another adult," said Kerry Gutierrez.

Gutierrez said her mom now fears she will have the same fate as her husband and said it caused pain that no child should have to go through.

“I cried a lot. I cried at night just because I didn't want my sisters to see me fall apart and I felt like the world was closing in on me and I felt like everyone was out to get me," said Gutierrez.

And Gutierrez isn't alone.

Mateo Lozano said he lost his brother when he was deported and said he hasn't seen or talked to him since.

Lozano said the plan that President-elect Donald Trump has proposed of deporting 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants costing hundreds of billions of dollars has the entire Latino community on edge.

“My story is not that special. Millions and millions of people deal with this problem every single day, a pain that I would never wish upon anybody and that's why we're here," said Lozano.

Gutierrez and Lozano joined dozens of other spanning nearly 30 immigrant rights groups to protest on the stairs of the state Capitol Wednesday.

They’re asking elected leaders to continue pushing for pro-immigration policies, while protestors work on rallying the community behind their cause.

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced Wednesday that he would stand by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver and Aurora police departments in their plan to stay away from enforcing immigration policies themselves.

This issue is hitting the schools strongly too.

Denver Public Schools released a fact sheet to ease minds of students and families and answer any immigration related questions.


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