Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and City Attorney Kristin Bronson say legal immigrants in Denver are being denied the opportunity to become naturalized citizens because they work in the cannabis industry.
In a letter Wednesday to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Hancock said he met with two immigrants this week, one from El Salvador and another from Lithuania, who have lived in Colorado for two decades.
“They have graduated from our schools,” the mayor wrote. “They have paid their taxes. They are working to achieve the American dream and complying with the processes in place to become a part of our great society, but were denied naturalization solely because of their cannabis industry employment.”