From a description of the purpose of the Dialogues last fall:
Dialogues for Immigrant Integration is funded by The Colorado Trust and is part of an ongoing 15-community initiative within the state. In Boulder County, the 20-member steering committee includes the components of the Boulder County Immigrant Collaborative (El Comité of Longmont, El Centro Amistad, and Boulder County Community Action Programs) as well as the cities of Boulder, Longmont, and Lafayette, the St. Vrain and Boulder Valley School districts, and an eclectic mixture of other non-profit organizations, local businesses, and individuals. According to Leslie Irwin, the committee is very active and extremely involved in the initiative because all members believe that it is a necessary and valuable project that will give dividends over its four-year funding period.
Read more in the Colorado Daily.
Forget the war, health care funding or global warming. At least we're arguing about the details and solutions to those things. Immigration is the elephant in the room that has either apathy or demagoguery as its impact. Perhaps because the economic underpinnings of the issues immigration raises are so sweeping, so deeply a part of our preferred quality of life that just considering the issue is too painful, hence total emotional meltdowns or contrived indifference.