Protesters ready to line up against Ted Nugent

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Ted Nugent's remarks about the president and gun control have some calling him a patriot and others calling him a bigot.
Ted Nugent used to be known for iconic guitar riffs and songs about getting laid, but now he makes headlines with his extreme political views -- often peppered with vulgarity. Nugent's remarks about certain Democrats and hot topics like immigration have made him a divisive figure (to say the least) and you can expect some heated dissent at his concert tonight at the Gothic Theater.

See also: "Ted Nugent called Hillary Clinton a "toxic c*nt"...eighteen years ago"

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Immigration court on children's day: Nicole Castaneda imagines a better future

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Nicole and her mother, Kelly.
Sixteen-year-old Nicole Castaneda had one request of the supporters who gathered in front of the Denver immigration court before her hearing: to sing John Lennon's "Imagine" because, as an advocate explained, Nicole wanted them to "imagine a world where kids could just be kids, without fear of deportation."

Nicole was one of dozens of children, some as young as eleven, whose cases were heard Thursday as part of the immigration court's juvenile docket. Many, like Nicole, had been caught at the border.

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Jaime Leon Rivas, undocumented teen immigrant, released from detention

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Jaime Leon Rivas.
Update: Jaime Leon Rivas, a nineteen-year-old undocumented immigrant who we wrote about last week (see below), has been released from detention, where he was awaiting deportation. On April 2, a week after his friends and family held a vigil outside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora on the occasion of his nineteenth birthday, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) granted his request for a "stay of removal." Leon Rivas will be allowed to remain in the U.S. for a year while he continues to fight his deportation case, his lawyer says.

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Jaime Leon Rivas turns 19 in ICE detention as loved ones fight to stop his deportation

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Jaime Leon Rivas.
Jaime Leon Rivas turned nineteen years old yesterday. But he didn't spend his birthday with his girlfriend, his friends or his family. No, the Summit County resident spent it inside the GEO immigrant detention center in Aurora, where his girlfriend says he's the youngest person in the custody of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. At 6 p.m. last night, his loved ones -- including staff from Snowy Peaks High School in Frisco, where he was set to become the first member of his family to graduate high school this spring -- held vigil outside the hulking building.

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Alejandra Lamas on how surviving the Aurora theater shooting helped her get documented

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At first, Alejandra Cardona Lamas couldn't have imagined that a single good thing would come out of July 20, 2012.

She was among the hundreds of fans gathered for the midnight screening of The Dark Night Rises at the Century 16 multiplex in Aurora. And she was there for the mass shooting that killed twelve innocent people, including her friend A.J. Boik.

Lamas was among the seventy people shot and wounded.


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Javier Gallegos Rosales, young immigrant facing deportation, granted continuance in case

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Update: Javier Gallegos Rosales, the young immigrant whose story we posted earlier today, has been granted a continuance in his deportation case. His lawyer, Hans Meyer, tells us that Gallegos Rosales is due back in court in October -- and Meyer says they'll use the extra time to strengthen their case. They're asking the federal government to exercise prosecutorial discretion and drop the deportation case against Gallegos Rosales based on what Meyer describes as changed circumstances in the 26-year-old's life.

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Immigration rally to support those who attempt unauthorized border crossing

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Alfredo Carrillo, Norma Barron and more than 150 other immigrants will attempt to cross the California-Mexico border today as part of #BringThemHome, an effort being led by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance. The purpose? To reunite family members who've been separated by deportation and other immigration laws. Carrillo's wife and three children are still in Colorado, as are Barron's husband, four children and grandchildren. Tonight, local immigrant advocates will hold a rally in Aurora to support them and others.

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Photos: Immigration activists deliver valentines to ICE detainees

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On Valentine's Day eve, while last-minute lovers were raiding grocery stores for cheap chocolates, plastic-wrapped flowers and prefab love notes, Jordan Garcia raced east on 14th Avenue toward the GEO Aurora ICE Processing Center. "I want to get there before Wade Castle leaves for the day. He's the guy in charge," Garcia said. As the Immigrant Ally Organizing Director of the American Friends Service Committee and a member of Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, Garcia planned to hand-deliver 516 valentines to the facility, and he hoped Castle would give to the detainees.

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Jeanette Vizguerra, undocumented mother and advocate, given six-month stay of deportation

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Jeanette Vizguerra.
Immigrant Jeanette Vizguerra, who has been fighting her deportation case for five years, announced a victory today: Federal immigration authorities have granted her a stay of deportation for six months. The mother of four, who is a vocal activist for immigration reform, will be allowed to remain in the United States with her family for another half a year, during which time her vast network of supporters will continue to advocate for her. Vizguerra isn't giving up, either.

"I'm going to continue to fight," she says.

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Undocumented mom Imelda Valenzuela Gonzalez's court hearing delayed again

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Imelda and daughter Tania.
Earlier this year, we told the story of Imelda Valenzuela Gonzalez, a mother of three who owns a hair salon and is one of a growing number of undocumented immigrants speaking out about their cases in the hopes of stopping their deportations.

At a court hearing in April, Valenzuela Gonzalez's case was postponed until December 4, pending the outcome of a similar case before the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals case has since been decided, but Valenzuela Gonzalez's case has been postponed again.

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