Reviews and Blog Posts: immigration

Plaza Voices: LGBT Immigrants

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As of 2013, there were an estimated 267,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., in addition to approximately 637,000 documented LGBT immigrants, according to a report from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

Plaza Voices: Updates on DACA, DAPA, and Colorado License Law

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After the recent ruling from a federal appeals court denying the Obama administration's request to lift the hold on DAPA and expanded DACA, many in the community will be wondering what, if anything, they can be doing to prepare to apply for these programs. (Peo

Plaza Voices: Immigrant Women

Cover of Danticat's Behind the Mountains, available from DPL

March is Women's History Month, and a time to explore the experiences and contributions of immigrant women here in America.

Both the Migration Policy Institute and the American Immigration Council offer demographic information on immigrant women, detailing country of origin, occupation, and education level.

Plaza Voices: Where Are We From? Where Are We Going?

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Have you ever wondered about immigration in other countries? Or been curious about where immigrants from the U.S. end up when they go abroad? This interactive map from the Pew Research Center provides an instant, highly readable graphic that answers just those questions--and many more.

Start by selecting a country, then choose "Into" or "Out Of" to see both immigration to and emigration from that particular corner of the world.

Plaza Voices: Welcome!

Sign at state border (Creative Commons)

Did you know that Denver is a Welcoming City?

Plaza Voices: Stories from Angel Island

Cover of Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America, available from DPL

This year marks the 105th anniversary of the opening of Angel Island, an immigration station near San Francisco that is sometimes called the Ellis Island of the West. However, Angel Island primarily acted as a detention center for immigrants, especially those of Asian descent.

Plaza Voices: Important Update on Driver's Licenses and IDs under SB-251

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Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, authorizes driver's licenses, instruction permits, or identification cards to be issued to individuals who are either unable to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S., or can demonstrate only temporary lawful presence.

Plaza Voices: Free Citizenship and Immigration Assistance

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The Denver Public Library's Services to New Immigrants team is offering a number of free workshops at several locations to assist immigrants with questions related to citizenship, Colorado's driver's license law, SB 13-251, and the recently passed Executive Actions on Immigration.

Plaza Voices: Stories of Integration

Photo from the "Stories of Integration" series on view at Barnum Library

Desiree S. of the Ross-Barnum branch writes:

Moving away from one’s home can be one of the most challenging life experiences. Having come to Denver via Oklahoma City myself just one year ago, I can certainly vouch for there being a period of readjustment -- one has to discover all new neighborhoods, meet all new friends and perhaps reconnect with old ones. In short, one must create an everyday existence that is different from what was there before. But what about adjusting to a place where both the language and the culture are completely foreign?

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