By Gloria Kat

A month ago, we were approached by 9News to speak about the immigration problem in northern Colorado. Immigration would not be referred to as a “problem” if nonpartisan agreements existed to address the uncertain situation that many migrants and refugees are experiencing across the state. We need effective policies and global cooperation agreements with an emphasis on the protection of their most essential human rights. For a few seconds I had the opportunity to share on 9News how our community-based organization’s systems are stressed out. We are lacking the infrastructure to address this issue in a more informed way. If you are interested, view the news segment aired on January 12th, 2024.

On my LinkedIn account I shared an article published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that addresses the proper way to identify people who migrate to another country. The article provides clear definitions to understand the many aspects that involve immigration and thus avoid putting labels to the people who are on the move.

Once again, we need to be aware that migrants (naturalized or not) are not only afraid of discriminatory practices but also of being seen as a threat and this is passed down from generation to generation. However, it is important to recognize that migrants and refugees play different social roles (mother, father, worker, sibling, supervisor, etc.), despite all their fears. What occurs in more populated cities like Denver also affects us here, as we are already seeing more families moving north trying to navigate and understand the available resources. Just because we don’t see them does not mean that families in our community are not struggling to provide necessities. It is time to use our common sense to start a dialogue on an issue that concerns all of us as a community.

Thank you,

Gloria Kat- Executive Director

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