Araceli Velasquez, who lives and is raising kids in the in the Roaring Fork Valley like I do, would probably have been killed by the widespread violence in home country had she not left El Salvador in 2010 to seek asylum in Colorado. If she’s sent back, her life will be in danger. She and her husband, Jorge, are raising three United States citizen children: Jorge Jr. (6), Christopher (4), and Kevin (2). Her previous lawyers did not sufficiently prepare her asylum defense; ICE denied her stay application in 2017; and current law does not allow her to stay.
What shall we, as citizens, neighbors, and parents do about this? Do we let the broken process remain, or do we work towards a legal fix, one that honors the best traditions not just of our nation, but of our religious practices and personal ethics?