Trump immigration policy could impact Colorado families

Posted at 3:05 PM, Sep 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-05 16:51:09-04

DENVER -- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday he will keep his promise to remove millions of people living in the country illegally if he wins the November election.

It’s a move that Juan Gallegos of the Colorado Immigration Rights Coalition says could put thousands of Colorado families in jeopardy.

“We seen it back in 2006 when children were in school and their parents never came back to pick them up because ICE came into their workplace and raided everyone," Gallegos told Anne Trujillo and Marshall Zelinger during this week’s taping of Politics Unplugged. “They just took the people and they had to verify somehow they were here with status in the U.S. All those children were left in school, the school had to be open late.”

Trump is proposing an immigration task force that would focus on removing criminals, anyone who has overstayed their visa and others considered immediate security threats.

“Most of us who are reasonable people agree that if someone is in the country illegally and they commit particularly serious crimes perhaps they should be deported from the country,” immigration attorney Jorge Castañeda said. “The issue becomes, 'where do you draw the line [as to[ what a serious crime is?' There are certain things that everyone agrees on. Murder, rape, things of that nature. What about somebody who is shoplifting out of necessity or something like that?”


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