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  • Immigration order spurs conflicting responses
    Posted in In the News on December 1, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Ana Temu Vidrio's stepfather woke up the morning of Nov. 20 in a good mood before leaving for work, the young woman said the following day. President Barack Obama announced on Nov. 20 that he would take steps to protect millions of undocumented immigrants like Vidrio's stepfather from the threat of deportation. “Yesterday, he couldn't wait to get out the door and tell his co-workers this announcement was coming,” she said during a Denver press event where she was joined by dozens of other energ... Read more

  • President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration
    Posted in Press Releases on November 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    I voted against H.R. 5759 because, although I strongly believe that it is unconstitutional to have immigration policy made through executive orders and without the consent of Congress, this legislation will only mislead the American people into believing that we are taking care of the problem when the only way to address President Obama's overreach is either through the U.S. Supreme Court or through the appropriation's process. Read more

  • Coffman Statement on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    U.S. House of Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the below statement today after voting against legislation to prohibit the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program: "While I oppose unilateral action and executive overreach by the President, I am voting no because I think the Congress missed an opportunity to pass DACA into law. Kids who grew up here, know of no other country, and were brought here through no fault of their own, deserve our compassion and an oppo... Read more

  • Coffman Statement on Border Supplemental Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on August 1, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    U.S. House of Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) released the below statement today after voting in support of H.R. 5230, border supplemental legislation: "We have a humanitarian crisis at our border that has been caused by U.S. policies that have been encouraging Central American parents to send their children on a dangerous journey to the U.S. border with Mexico and I voted for the supplemental appropriation to keep this situation from getting worse." Read more

  • Refugee community concerned funds diverted to children stuck at border
    Posted in In the News on July 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    People who help refugees in Colorado are concerned that their program funding may be diverted to help the unaccompanied children coming over the border, and the refugee community is taking action by visiting local politicians to lobby for their cause. The Office of Refugee Resettlement — which funds a variety of programs including refugee assistance and the needs of unaccompanied child migrants — has proposed redirecting $94 million in funding from refugee programs to use for the humanitarian c... Read more

  • House GOP Slow Walks Coffman’s Immigration Bill
    Posted in In the News on February 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    House Republicans are so wary of overhauling the nation’s immigration laws this year that only five are cosponsoring Rep. Mike Coffman’s bill to provide a path to citizenship for illegal aliens who serve in the U.S. military. “I think the GOP is still very cautious of doing anything on the issue,” said one Republican official. Coffman echoed a similar assessment in a recent interview with The Colorado Observer after the House Republicans’ legislative retreat on Maryland’s eastern shore. Coffman ... Read more

  • Coffman and Gutierrez respond to letter from the U.S. Armed Services regarding possible Exclusionary Enlistment Policy
    Posted in Press Releases on February 12, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    Today, U.S Representatives Mike Coffman (R-CO) and Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL), sent a letter to the Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Navy, and the Secretary of the Air Force responding to a status update on the policy review of possible U.S. Armed Services policies that prohibits U.S. citizens from enlisting in the military if that enlistee has an undocumented dependent. “Service in the U.S. military is the highest duty one can perform for the country, so I am very concerned about the pos... Read more

  • Coffman Statement on the State of the Union Address
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Economy, Veterans, Energy, Immigration

    Today, U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) issued the below statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address: "Unfortunately, the State of the Union address has deteriorated into a sort of partisan pep rally, so I frankly don't put a whole lot of stock into it one way or the other. On the positive side, I appreciated the President's promise to expand resources and treatment options for returning veterans wrestling with the dark horrors of combat. Senator Udall and I... Read more

  • Bill would give illegals citizenship through service
    Posted in In the News on January 3, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    A Colorado lawmaker is urging Congress to pass legislation that would give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a path to citizenship through military enlistment. The Military Enlistment Opportunity Act would let undocumented immigrants who have been screened by the Homeland Security Department, as well as “documented, legally present non-citizens” the chance to join the military with the promise of receiving permanent residence status. Permanent residence could be rescinded, how... Read more

  • Aurora military academy hopefuls mix school dreams with lofty military aspirations
    Posted in In the News on January 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Immigration

    It was the mystery and majesty of the sea that drew Victoria Ramirez-Solis to the Merchant Marines. The Hinkley High School senior knew she wanted a career in the military since she was a student at Aurora Hills Middle School. She also knew she wanted to attend college, and the idea of a service academy seemed a perfect way to realize both goals. In the end, it was the water that guided her decision as she considered academies through different branches of the military. Victoria Ramirez-Solis, i... Read more

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