Growing up illegal in Colorado: Not just a Mexican thing

Immigration. If you’ve wondered lately if it is possible to read about immigration without encountering the name “Tom Tancredo” or the phrase “sanctuary city”, you’re in for a treat.

High Country News, the non-profit biweekly published in Paonia, which covers Western issues for a national audience, recently looked at the issue in some depth, but with a twist. Their subject was not Mexican. He was Taiwanese and he grew up in Boulder before attending the Colorado School of Mines and discovering that he did not have much of a future in America.

He can’t easily stay here. Since he doesn’t speak or read Taiwanese or Chinese he can’t easily return to the country of his birth.

If that article is too long for an easy morning read, the same magazine also published a much shorter opinion piece on the subject of anchor babies.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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