SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

Recently introduced in the 117th session of the US Congress by Representative Al Green (D-TX-9), HR670 decries the treatment of Haitian migrants at the southern border. The mortifying imagery hearkens back to the history of chattel slavery in the United states, and reminds us of the current global north/south divide where often is the case that the vignette at the border repeats itself in both subtle and manifest ways. Most keenly felt is the desperation of the migrants, scampering about furtively to evade assault, merely to purchase food for their families and fellow migrants on the other side. 
How one spends one’s money is a reflection of one’s values. Are we appropriating federal funds to test, trace and treat with vaccine the Haitian migrants, as we are doing with Afghan migrants, whether they are granted Temporary Protected Status and asylum or not? Are we delivering enough resources to rebuild their nation’s infrastructure after a string of calamities and empower them to remain resilient as they govern themselves?
Are state grants made from Colorado custodial funds to charities such as Locally Haiti, and if so, how may we confirm that the funds appropriated are getting to the hands of the people who need them? Colorado Amendment 78, the Custodial Fund Appropriations Initiative of 2021, seeks to answer that question. If the ballot measure is adopted, then the custodial funds would be appropriated in public hearing, where the rationale and values similar to those described prior may be explicitly made known and added to the public record. The public funds in custody, comprising a public interest, would be open to full disclosure of provenance and descent, from which we may glean a reflection of inherent values.