Colorado compromise on immigration showdown

As Colorado athletes shine at the Olympics, so too will Colorado’s senators shine in Washington, D.C., this week, and no we aren’t referencing the curling skills the bipartisan duo demonstrated in a quirky tribute video to those competing in PyeongChang.

Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner are expected to introduce an amendment on the floor of the Senate this week as our nation’s lawmakers desperately try to strike a compromise on two looming immigration issues — President Donald Trump’s insistence that America build a wall on the southern border with Mexico and his decision to revoke the temporary legal status of childhood arrivals in March.

Congress has failed to address either of these issues — border security and the fates of “Dreamers” — since Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, introduced the first DREAM Act in 2001.

The hope that it could be Colorado’s bipartisan duo to finally find the compromise that can navigate the tricky waters of immigration policy and become law is probably about as likely as Red Gerard, a 17-year-old from Silverthorne, striking gold.

But that doesn’t mean Bennet and Gardner shouldn’t throw down their best run.

In this case, the proposal is so eminently reasonable it’s hard to imagine any justifiable opposition to it.

The amendment would provide temporary legal status to nearly 1.8 million immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and are now undocumented. Those Dreamers would face an arduous 12-year path to citizenship. Even Trump, who revoked temporary legal status beginning in March for those who were granted deferred action under President Barack Obama’s executive order to protect Dreamers from deportation, has expressed support for a plan to allow them to become citizens one day.

The Bennet-Gardner amendment would also set aside $25 billion for border security, which is a top priority …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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