SJ Focus Immigration Reform

2010-2011 FOCUS:  Immigration Reform


Offer education to the 4 Corners community on:

  • immigration history
  • law
  • human impact
  • economics issues
  • enforcement
  • local issues

Utilize a variety of approaches including:

  • newspaper articles and letters to the editor
  • speakers
  • radio
  • forums
  • films
  • TV
  • blogs
  • contact with government representatives
  • presence at political forums
  • offer information in English and Spanish when possible
  • discussion with friends/family/coworkers
  • work with other organizations
  • partner with Common Reading Experience.


  • Dave Rich presented forum on “Modern Day Slavery”
  • Vicki Coe and Eddie Soto attended Committee Meeting to offer their perspectives on our how our committee might proceed
  • Showed “Crossing Arizona” twice, followed by discussion and open to the community
  • Held a brainstorming session attended by 17 community members involved in immigration issues…from this meeting developed our goals
  • Met individually with representatives of  Companeros, FLC CRE, Durango Herald and the Unity Project
  • The Durango Herald ran “Living in the Shadows”, a 4 days series on immigration
  • 3 letters to the editor from our group were published
  • Jen Smyers, from Church World Services, gave a presentation on Immigration and Spirituality and a workshop on immigration activism at
  • UUFD as well as a presentation on the need for immigration reform at the Durango Recreation Center.  Spanish translation was provided at all venues by a volunteer from the Unity Project.
  • DCAT Recorded and will televise Jen Smyers presentations
  • DVD of Jen’s presentations available for individuals and organizations
  • Know Your Rights – Hosted Compañeros’ program to inform immigrants of their rights at UUFD.
  • Colorado ASSET- Currently we are working with HEAA (Higher Education Access Alliance) to allow undocumented high school graduates pay in-state tuition for college.
  • Coalition of Caring Communities – A member of our committee attends the monthly CCC meetings.