Jorge Castañeda is a Denver-based immigration lawyer who recently found himself volunteering at citizenship drives, presenting at schools, talking to social workers at a local hospital, and teaching people about immigrant rights, particularly those who are undocumented. The 2016 election sparked his passion for sharing his expertise with the community:
Jorge was born near the border with Mexico and grew up in Nogales, Arizona. He spent about equal time in both countries during the first 18 years of his life.
Because of his work, Jorge has access to the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, a place most of us haven’t seen. I asked him to describe it.
Immigration is a complex issue, and certain nuances are difficult even for someone with Jorge’s knowledge of the law. Sometimes, the outcomes of immigration cases just feel unjust.