Helping immigrants [illegal aliens] adjust and thrive in the Roaring Fork Valley

Article CAIRCO note: 
From article "Fifteen-year-old "Victor" arrived in Basalt in September after a harrowing journey from El Salvador ... he soon will be required to go to immigration court in Denver for entering the country illegally..."
Article author: 
Scott Condon
Article publisher: 
The Aspen Times
Article date: 
December 7, 2017
Article category: 
Colorado News
Medium
Article Body: 


Fifteen-year-old "Victor" arrived in Basalt in September after a harrowing journey from El Salvador that included walking across a hot desert, a boat ride across the snake-infested waters of the Rio Grande River and a 34-day stay in a U.S. immigrant detention center in Texas.

Despite the hardships, he said, he would do it all again. The nearly 2,800-mile trip allowed him to reunite with his mother, whom he had not seen in four years.

Now he is adjusting to differences in education and culture with the help of teachers at Basalt High School.

"I want to study English and [pursue] more opportunities," he said through translation by Leticia Ingram, a teacher who works with the newest immigrants..

Victor didn't want to use his real name because he soon will be required to go to immigration court in Denver for entering the country illegally...

Victor lived with his grandparents but his family made the decision this summer that he should come to America to reunite with his mother, brother and sister in the Roaring Fork Valley ...

On his first attempt, he was apprehended at the Mexican border and returned to El Salvador. On his second attempt, he made it through Mexico and across the river into the States ...


CAIRCO Research

Trump Administration Targets Parents in New Immigration Crackdown,  NY Times, July 2017