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Faith Miller

Faith Miller

Reporter Faith Miller covers the Colorado Legislature, immigration and other stories for Colorado Newsline.

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ICE transfers, immigrant detention protested at Aurora facility

By: - July 19, 2020

Following Saturday activities that included an art market, live music and sign-making, several dozen protesters made their way to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, immigration detention center in Aurora. “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!” they chanted as they marched. Outside an exterior gate blocking entrance to the facility, which is run […]

Court orders Trump administration to accept new DACA applications

By: - July 18, 2020

Almost one month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that President Donald Trump’s administration didn’t properly end a program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children, the Department of Homeland Security still had not reopened the program to new applicants. The Trump administration has long tried to end the Barack […]

Gov. Polis announces statewide mask order in Colorado

By: - July 16, 2020

All Coloradans older than 10 will be required to wear masks while in public starting at midnight July 16, Gov. Jared Polis announced today at a news briefing. Exceptions include when eating at a restaurant, exercising alone, receiving a beard trim or facial, speaking to a TV audience, and showing your face for identification purposes. […]

Trump administration backs down, won’t require in-person classes for international students

By: - July 15, 2020

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement won’t require international students to take in-person classes for the fall semester, rescinding a plan announced July 6 that met swift backlash from universities and state governments. During a July 14 telephone conference among parties from the federal government, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — the schools […]

Colorado’s COVID-19 hospitalizations rise 45% in a week

By: - July 14, 2020

Colorado saw a slight uptick this week in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19, according to data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment — though hospitalizations remain far below April levels. As of July 14, 252 people across the state were hospitalized for COVID-19 treatment. That’s a 45% increase from one week […]

Colorado joins suit over Trump administration’s new policy for international students

By: - July 13, 2020

In yet another multi-state lawsuit over the Donald Trump administration’s proposed policies, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser joined forces with 16 other states and the District of Columbia in an effort to stop new requirements for international students from taking effect. A new rule announced July 6 by Immigration and Customs Enforcement requires that international […]

Still no statewide mask order as Gov. Polis announces new COVID-19 website

By: - July 10, 2020

With cases of COVID-19 climbing in states that weren’t initially as hard-hit as the northeast U.S., governors from across the political spectrum have issued mask-wearing orders. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, hasn’t crossed the line from strong recommendation to mandate, though he said on July 9 he hasn’t ruled it out. The problem is […]

woman signing petition

Court made signature gathering harder. Some ballot initiative groups are undeterred.

By: - July 10, 2020

Despite a recent Colorado Supreme Court order that makes collecting tens of thousands of voter signatures an even more difficult task during the COVID-19 pandemic, at least a few groups remain optimistic they’ll be able to make the state’s August deadline to submit initiative petitions. Others, however, including one that aimed to create new setback […]

Colorado communities can apply for next phase of COVID-19 reopening

By: - July 8, 2020

At a time when COVID-19 cases are increasing in many areas of Colorado, the state opened an application process for local communities that wish to enter the next phase of reopening. As of July 8, counties and regions can apply for “Protect Our Neighbors” status if they show that COVID-19 cases are declining and submit […]

Did protests play role in record-breaking voter turnout?

By: - July 7, 2020

Last month, Colorado shattered the previous state record for voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election. As of 11:30 p.m. June 30, more than 1.57 million ballots had been returned to county election officials, according to the secretary of state’s office. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold took the opportunity to praise the state’s secure […]

States can bind electors to votes, U.S. Supreme Court rules

By: - July 6, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled July 6 in favor of the state of Colorado — and against “faithless electors” — in a case concerning a member of the Electoral College who tried to vote against the state’s preference in the 2016 presidential election. The case was closely watched, as some feared an outcome allowing Electoral […]

Fourth of July during the pandemic: What Coloradans should know

By: - July 3, 2020

This week, the country will celebrate a bizarre Fourth of July during an historic pandemic. Public health regulations governing what’s open and closed in response to the coronavirus are constantly changing — and they’re hard to keep track of. Here’s what to keep in mind over the long weekend: Health officials recommend that those who […]