History and Accomplishments
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state. CIRC, a 501c3 charitable non-profit organization, achieves this mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education, and advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.
CIRC has worked vigorously to achieve citizenship for the undocumented, to protect civil liberties and rights of immigrant workers and families, and for a full integration of immigrants into community life in the U.S. CIRC has emerged as a reliable and factual source on immigration for policymakers, educators and the media. Below are a few of the recent accomplishments of CIRC and our members:
- Passed the 2013 Community and Law Enforcement Trust Act which repeals Colorado's "show me your papers" state law SB 90.
- Passed the 2013 ASSET bill to achieve in-state tuition rates for undocumented Colorado high school graduates. CIRC is a steering committee member of the Higher Education Access Alliance.
- Supported hundreds of eligible youth to apply for a temporary work permit and driver's license through the Deferred Action (DACA) program in 2012 and 2013.
- Supported the Driver's License for All campaign in passing the 2013 Colorado Road and Community Safety Act to ensure that all Coloradans can access a driver's license regardless of immigration status.
- Launched statewide bus tour and movement building training with 150 leaders from 25 Colorado towns for launch of Coloradans for Citizenship Now campaign!
- Carried out 2012 Civic Engagement Capacity Building Program to get out the immigrant and New American vote in Durango, Eagle County, Boulder County and Fort Morgan.
- Implemented Campaign to Unite Colorado Hotline 1-855-UNITE-41 to provide Coloradans facing deportation with trusted resources and referrals to navigate the process, and to document cases of individuals impacted by current state immigration laws to build support to pass 2013 Trust Act legislation. Over 100 testimonies documented.
- Carried out defensive strategy to defeat all Arizona and Alabama copycats and other anti-immigrant legislation introduced since 2011, defeating 8 bills in 2012.
- Member of Engage Colorado and West Slope non-partisan civic engagement campaigns to contact over 1 million Colorado voters and mobilize 104,000 voters, which led to the defeat of 6 harmful state ballot initiatives in 2010.
- Launched the Welcoming Colorado Initiative in 2010 to lead a more respectful, balanced public dialogue around immigrant integration as part of the national Welcoming America movement. Learn more at www.welcomingcolorado.org
- Co-founded the "Ya Es Hora Colorado" citizenship campaign, assisting over 2,000 legal permanent residents to become United States citizens since 2007.