Thompson, Jonathan
May 2006
High Country News;5/15/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 9, p10
The article focuses on the growing problem of illegal immigration and crime in the West. In September 2005, two Colorado Republicans, namely, Senator Wayne Allard and Republican Marilyn Musgrave, backed an attempt by Weld County's, Colorado, district attorney and sheriff to bring a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to Colorado. The plan was supported by drawing connections between undocumented immigration and violent crime, methamphetamine distribution, and gang activity. But, according to Sylvia Martinez, who was born in Montana to migrant farmworkers, it is very inhuman to deport undocumented immigrants. No one will carry his birth certificate along with him to prove his identity. Martinez argues passionately about the potential for racial profiling, praises the contributions of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, and questions their alleged connections to crime. On the other hand, in 2005, it was claimed by the Weld County's, Colorado, District Attorney Kenneth Buck, that new immigrants contributed to the area's rising crime rate. In recent years, a long-standing network of gangs has become more violent.


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