Carmel didn’t waste any time. He quickly began playing pick-up games with a friend at a park in north Aurora, which was where he eventually met a man who coached a team of players from the African Community Center in Denver. It was with that group that he began to absorb stories, both gripping and tragic, that resonated with him — and mirrored his own

The APS board Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution presented by nonprofit advocates Rise Colorado and a large group of immigrant students and parents. The resolution reaffirms APS policy to not share student information including immigration status with anyone. It also directs APS to collaborate with service providers and other nonprofits that work with the immigrant community.

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

“I am an immigrant, I came here in 2012 from Ghana, I am an African-American woman. For me, it was like constantly being attacked by someone who was suppose to represent our country and, to a certain extent, you feel kind of weak. But on trips like these, you realize there are people who have fought for you to be here and you’re not just going to let one person take that from you.”