U.S. Representative Mike Coffman Statement on Immigration Vote

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Washington, DC, January 14, 2015 | comments

U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) offered the following statement following his vote against the Blackburn Amendment which would have defunded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and barred renewals in the program.

“The President’s executive actions are clearly unconstitutional and I strongly oppose his unilateral decisions on immigration but my party needs to stop just saying what we are against and start saying what we are for when it comes to fixing our broken immigration system,” said Coffman.

“Under the DACA amendment that passed, young people who were taken to this country as children, who grew up here, went to school here, and often know of no other country but the United States, would not be allowed to renew their status and would face deportation. We should have had an opportunity to pass a version of the DACA program into law.  Moving forward, immigration reform should be about securing our borders, growing our economy and keeping families together and we need to do it all the constitutional way – through Congress.”

"Las acciones ejecutivas del Presidente son claramente inconstitucional y estoy firmemente en contra de su decisiones unilateral de actuar por orden ejecutiva, pero mi partido tiene que dejar de sólo hablar de lo que estamos en contra y empezar a decir lo que apoyamos para arreglar nuestro sistema migratorio.Bajo la enmienda de DACA, cual fue aprobada, los jóvenes que llegaron a este país cuando eran niños, que crecieron aquí, fueron a la escuela aquí, y probablemente no conocen otro país más que los Estados Unidos, no se les permitiría renovar su estado y enfrentarían deportación. No puedo apoyar eso. Hubiéramos tenido la oportunidad de aprobar por ley una versión del programa DACA. En el futuro la reforma migratoria debe ser basado en asegurar nuestras fronteras, crecer nuestra economía y mantener a las familias unidas. Y tenemos que hacerlo de la manera constitucional - por el Congreso".

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