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Colorado’s unemployment rate continues to be one of the lowest in the country. While that may be good news to job seekers, some employers in the state are finding it more and more difficult to secure workers, especially for seasonal jobs.

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Dozens of young children were reunited with their parents yesterday after being separated at the border under the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. The government is still working to reunite many more children with their parents, some of whom are being held at a detention center in Aurora, Colorado.

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Colorado's governor joined critics of the Trump administration's separation of children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, issuing a largely symbolic order Monday barring state agencies from supporting separations based on immigration status.

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Officials in Colorado have renewed an agreement to hold inmates for federal immigration authorities despite a legal challenge.

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Members of Congress are pushing to seal the deal on the status of immigrants who came to this country illegally as children.

The decision was supposed to be made by March 5, but that didn’t happen.

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He may be out of the race for governor, but Tom Tancredo isn't leaving politics behind. He says he aims to get a measure on the November ballot that would ban so-called "sanctuary cities" across Colorado.

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A fierce debate is taking place across the country right now: What to do about immigrants who came here illegally as children. Up until recently, they qualified for a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which protects them from deportation. But the Trump administration rescinded that Obama-era rule and Congress is debating what will take its place.  

We talked to three people affected by that debate right here in the Mountain West.

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The fortune cookie is a beloved tradition associated with Chinese restaurants -- even though it’s a custom born in the U.S.

“I remember as a kid always looking forward to digging in the bag to get the fortune cookie because there’s something neat about having to break something open, take out a tiny piece of paper and see what it says,” said Jess Killingsworth, marketing coordinator for the Loveland Art Museum.

Killingsworth has been thinking a lot about fortune cookies lately. In a maze of rooms in the museum’s office space are hundreds of boxes lined up along the walls, stacked almost to the ceiling. Printed both in English and in Chinese next to a cartoon panda, the boxes announce their contents: “Fortune Cookies.”

Some 86,000 Hondurans remain in limbo after the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, couldn't decided whether to extend or cancel their permission to stay in the U.S. But the department has given about 5,300 Nicaraguans notice that they have just over a year before they have to leave.

The two groups are covered under Temporary Protected Status which allows them to live and work in the U.S. after a storm ripped through their home countries while they were already here.

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While Colorado’s congressional delegation had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many continue to show bipartisan support for the policy. The executive order, signed by President Obama, gave children brought into the United States illegally a chance to stay in the country legally.

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