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As Cinco de Mayo approaches, fear of deportation is prevalent among Denver’s Latino community, as it is across the country, due to the federal government’s tough stance on immigration and President Donald Trump’s actions, such as proposing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That was part of the preliminary findings from the Denver Latino Commission in its 2016 report to Denver City Council members. The commission was also asked to help the Council decide how to help residents respond to likely sharp property tax hikes in low-income, mostly Latino, communities.

In order to create a better life for ourselves and our families, we need to be able to seize opportunities. During this upcoming state legislative session, Colorado lawmakers have a chance to improve lives — especially those who feel held back by bad public policy — by reforming three policies that are currently closing off opportunity to thousands of Coloradans: education, occupational licensing, and the state’s construction defects law. A quality education is the gateway to prosperity, yet Colorado’s public school system is currently failing far too many students. Just look at graduation rates: During the 2014-2015 school year, Colorado’s high school graduation rate was six percentage points lower than the national average at 77 percent. But for Hispanic students in the state, that number is even lower – only 68 percent of Hispanics graduated. And while Colorado is among the top 10 states with the largest Hispanic populations, it remains in the bottom 10 for Hispanic high school graduation rates.

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The growth of the U.S. Latino population — once the nation’s fastest growing — slowed considerably over the past seven years and slipped behind that of Asian Americans amid declining Hispanic immigration and birth rates, a study released Thursday found.

Colorado Democrats say Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump can soften his anti-Mexico stance all he wants but the economic damage has already been done in key tourism markets like Vail that rely heavily on year-round Latin American visitors. Representatives of Trump for Colorado counter that Democrats are engaged in fear-mongering in order to get Hillary Clinton elected president and that Trump will continue to pivot away from his primary-season rhetoric about Mexica