Arriving in the metro area six years ago, Arbab said it was difficult to get acclimated to a new country, new culture and a new language. But, she said, it was easier for her to become acclimated compared to her two older siblings — both of whom graduated from Overland — because she started in elementary school instead of high school

“It’s so important to recognize that young people who were brought here as children, who grew up here, went to school here, and who often know of no other country, be allowed to legally remain in the U.S.,” Coffman said in a statement. “Let’s give them a chance to achieve the American dream through work, education or military service, and to help us together build a stronger America.”

Many of these immigrants who are threatened with deportation are fully integrated into our communities. There are over half of a million immigrant residents in Colorado — they work, pay taxes and spend their money here. Not only would the cost of mass deportations result in an astronomical amount of taxpayers’ dollars lost, but our local economies would suffer from the loss these immigrant contributions in terms of labor, local spending and tax dollars

Amid constantly evolving immigration and deportation policies handed down by President Donald Trump’s administration — including a new executive order signed March 6 and banning travel from certain countries — city officials recently re-upped the debate on Aurora’s disputed tag as a “sanctuary city.” The term remains without a formal definition from the federal government