Interfaith Statement

Interfaith Immigration Statement on Solidarity and Sanctuary

“Love the stranger as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:34)

As faith leaders and congregations of the Roaring Fork Valley, we stand together in affirming our solidarity with our immigrant congregants, neighbors and community members. Immigrants have always faced many challenges, and we recognize increased anxiety and fear among our immigrant sisters and brothers because of a recent rise in strong anti-immigrant sentiments and threats of mass deportations. We affirm our vigilance around the issues facing our immigrant neighbors. In solidarity with our immigrant families and other allies we are working to develop an action plan that includes:


We call on our counties, cities, towns and schools to support our immigrant families. We support local law enforcement and school officials in doing their jobs- protecting public safety and teaching our children- rather than detaining and deporting immigrants.

We are committed to working with a wide variety of community partners, from those who work with immigrant families to those who employ immigrants, so we can listen to and support our immigrant families as valuable members of our community. Examples of these community partners include: Access AfterSchool, Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen Community Foundation, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Family Resource Center of the Roaring Fork School District, Roaring Fork PreCollegiate, Smith Immigration, Summit 54, The Manaus Fund and Valley Settlement.

We are proud that the state of Colorado is one of the safest states for immigrants to settle in. In Colorado, immigrants are afforded the right to hold a driver’s license and go to college without regard to their legal status.


As representatives of religious institutions with unique resources and deep moral values, we will explore the creation of one or more sanctuaries here in the Roaring Fork Valley. We aim to do so in advance of any changes in federal law or ICE enforcement priorities so our immigrant families don’t have to live in a constant state of fear and uncertainty.



Father Bert Chilson- St. Stephen Catholic Church, Glenwood Springs

Rabbi David Segal- Aspen Jewish Congregation, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley

Reverend Shawna Foster- Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church, Carbondale

Brad Walston, Pastor- Basalt/Thomasville and Carbondale Community United Methodist Churches

The Reverend E. Wendy Huber, Rector & The Vestry on behalf of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Glenwood Springs

John Bruna and Laura Bartels on behalf of Way of Compassion Dharma Center, Carbondale

Reverend Nicholas Vesey, Minister at Aspen Chapel

Father Rick Nakvasil, Pastor of St. Vincent (Basalt) and St. Mary of the Crown (Carbondale)

Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards 2014

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American Immigration Lawyers Association

Washington, D.C.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of more than 13,500 immigration lawyers and law professors established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice and enhance the professional development of its members. Continue reading “Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards 2014”

AILA Announces Pro Bono Heroes Honorees 3Q (2014)

Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14102048 (posted Oct. 21, 2014)”

AILA is pleased to announce the most recent recipients of the “Pro Bono Heroes” quarterly awards. For the Third Quarter of 2014, the AILA National Pro Bono Services Committee decided to take a break from the regular nomination criteria in order to recognize a special group of individuals whom we have affectionately named the “Artesia First Responders.” Continue reading “AILA Announces Pro Bono Heroes Honorees 3Q (2014)”

Lawyers Volunteer to Aid Artesia Detainees

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As a temporary detention center in Artesia fills with migrant women and children awaiting deportation hearings, a nationwide network of attorneys has rallied to provide them with pro bono representation.

About a dozen immigration attorneys from Colorado, Nevada, New York and Minnesota arrived in Artesia over the past week to fill what they say is gap in access to legal aid. The oil and gas town in southeastern New Mexico lies more than three hours from the urban centers of Albuquerque and El Paso, where most immigration attorneys in the region practice. Continue reading “Lawyers Volunteer to Aid Artesia Detainees”

To Qualify for DACA

To Qualify for DACA, You Must Meet the Following Criteria:

  • You must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Came to the United States under the age of sixteen
  • Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007
  • Are currently residing in the United States at the time of application to USCIS
  • Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012
  • Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States
  • Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety

Please contact us for more information about the procedure: 970-945-5111

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