Have you recently moved to Lafayette from elsewhere in Colorado, a different part of the U.S. or even from another country?
Moving is tough. We can relate because we just moved our main law office from Louisville to Lafayette. But moving is even tougher when your legal status is in limbo.
Boulder County immigration attorney Catherine Brown wants to remind you that, regardless of your immigration or citizenship status, you have constitutional rights, including the right to a lawyer.
Whatever legal issues you experience in your transition to Lafayette Colorado and the United States—whether they relate to your family, your job or your citizenship—know that Catherine Brown and her team are here to help.
Lafayette is a Community Founded and Sustained by Newcomers
The Front Range of the Rocky Mountains was a wild frontier when Lafayette and Mary Miller arrived in the area to farm land they acquired through the Homestead Act. The Millers farmed the land from 1871 to 1874, when they moved to Boulder.
After Mr. Miller died unexpectedly in 1878, the widowed Mary Miller moved her six children back to the farm and began a successful agricultural operation. Taking advantage of a burgeoning local coal industry and the discovery of coal on the Miller Farm in 1884, Mrs. Miller founded the town of Lafayette on 150 acres in 1888, naming it in honor of her late husband. By 1914 Lafayette was a prospering young coal town complete with banks, hotels, restaurants, a local newspaper and a power station.
From its humble origins Lafayette has grown into a community of more than 26,000—up from just 9,000 in 1980 and 17,000 in 2009.
A significant part of Lafayette’s and Boulder County’s growth has come from immigrant populations. In fact, according to demographers, close to half of all Boulder County neighborhoods have immigrant populations of 10% of higher, and some Lafayette neighborhoods have immigrant populations of close to 20%. Most Boulder County immigrants, reports the Daily Camera, are from Asia, Europe and Latin America.
Know Your Rights
Even if you haven’t yet attained U.S. citizenship or a visa, you still have rights under the U.S. constitution. They include:
• The right to remain silent and not share information with law enforcement about your immigration status, where you were born or what country you have citizenship from.
• The right to an immigration attorney and the right to not sign any law enforcement papers before you speak with an attorney.
Adjusting to a new place and a new culture can be stressful. Lafayette immigration attorney Catherine Brown wants to make your transition to your new home as smooth—and law-abiding—as possible.
We are a full-service immigration law firm serving Colorado families and children, artists and entertainers, athletes, students, employees and employers and others. If you have immigration law needs or questions, please call 303-322-2177 or send us a message.