AURORA, CO– U.S. Senate candidate Andrew Romanoff today called on Sen. Cory Gardner to support and help pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, after it passed the U.S. House this afternoon.
“Today, the House took action to provide a path to citizenship for the 2.5 million Americans, including nearly 40,000 Coloradans, whose lives have been upended by President Trump’s unilateral decision to end their legal status.
“These Dreamers and their families are vital to our state’s economy and to the fabric of our society. Both parties must come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, protects the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, and keeps families together.
“Cory Gardner endorsed Trump, voted for his border wall, and did nothing as Mitch McConnell used the Senate to hold Dreamers hostage to Trump’s draconian immigration policies, which are tearing families apart. Gardner must stand up to McConnell and Trump and demand a vote on the American Dream and Progress Act now.”
Romanoff supports comprehensive immigration reform that provides a path to citizenship, protects the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, keeps families together, and curbs inhumane detention practices. Romanoff is asking Coloradans to sign a petition to Sen. Gardner asking him to protect Dreamers and stand up to Majority Leader McConnell.
In 2017, President Trump ended protections for immigrants living in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) programs. H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, would provide a path to citizenship for these Dreamers and immigrants.
Approximately 2.5 million Americans are eligible for a pathway to citizenship under the American Dream and Promise Act, and in Colorado, 39,700 people would be eligible. Colorado Dreamers entered the U.S. at the age of 8, on average. Immigrants protected under TPS and DED status have been living in the US since 1997, on average.
Annually, immigrants eligible for protections under H.R. 6 and their households generate $1,249,600,000 in spending power in Colorado. These families pay $287,600,000 in federal taxes and $138,500,000 in state and local taxes each year.
H.R. 6 is endorsed by numerous organizations, including the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Anti-Defamation League, Human Rights Campaign, Human Rights Watch, NAACP, NARAL, National Education Association, National Immigration Law Center, SEIU, Truman National Security Project, American Friends Service Committee– Colorado, and the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.
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