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Congressman Mike Coffman Makes Public Commitment to Lead on Earned Path to Citizenship in House

Human Dignity & Just Immigration Reform

July 28, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 28, 2013

 

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Stephanie Gustafson, Communications

720.838.6392, Stephanie@togetherco.org

 

CONGRESSMAN MIKE COFFMAN MAKES PUBLIC COMMITMENT TO LEAD ON EARNED PATH TO CITIZENSHIP IN HOUSE

600 Together Colorado faith leaders urge Congressman Mike Coffman to support an earned path to citizenship, ask Speaker Boehner to move a vote in the House, and convene meeting with Colorado GOP Delegation 

 

DENVER, CO – Together Colorado faith leaders held a 600 person immigration reform public meeting with Congressman Mike Coffman on Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 2:15 to 4 p.m. at St. Pius Catholic Church, 1243 Kingston St., Aurora, CO. Together Colorado leaders made three specify proposals to  Congressman Coffman (CD6):  (1) to support comprehensive immigration reform including an earned path to citizenship for 11 million aspiring citizens, (2) to lead on this issue by asking House Speaker Boehner to bring a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million to the House floor by September 30, and (3) enter into conversation with Congressmen Tipton and Gardner about their support for an earned path to citizenship, including hosting a private meeting between Tipton and Gardner and a small group of our leaders during the August recess.  Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, and Rich McClean reading a letter from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce provided critical public and private sector support as well for solving our broken immigration system in the U.S; both urging Congressman Coffman and Congress to pass immigration legislation.  

 

Congressman Coffman opened his statements  on immigration reform by reading from his Op-Ed that was published last Sunday in The Denver Post:

 

"A comprehensive immigration reform proposal must incorporate three essential elements: it must secure our borders and provide for the effective enforcement of our immigration laws; it must contribute to the economic growth of our country; and it must be compassionate in keeping families together."

 

Rep. Coffman then said 'yes' to all three of the proposals presented by Together Colorado.  

 

Congressman Coffman said he will support a comprehensive immigration reform bill that includes a pathway to citizenship for both DREAMers and adults who make up the 11 million aspiring Americans in the country.  

 

In response to our other two proposals Congressman Coffman stated:  

 

"I am going to talk to Speaker Boehner about bringing a [immigration reform]  bill to floor," said Congressman Coffman. "In regard to Congressmen Tipton and Gardner, I plan to have them meet with you in my office or you in their district offices during the August recess," said Congressman Coffman.

 

More than 600 faith and community leaders packed St. Pius Catholic Church in support of a pathway to citizenship for 11 million aspiring Americans. 

 

"Together Colorado faith leaders want to thank Congressman Coffman for his support in taking a leadership role on an immigration bill with an earned path to citizenship and to get it to on the House floor for a vote," said Sergio De La Rosa, a DREAMer and leader with Together Colorado. "We will continue to push Rep. Coffman and look forward meeting with Rep. Tipton and Rep. Gardner during the August recess."

 

This was the first public meeting in Rep. Coffman's district since his Op-Ed in The Denver Post.

 

Together Colorado's immigration reform efforts are part of the PICO National Network's Campaign for Citizenship.  

 

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Together Colorado is a non-partisan, multi-racial, multi-faith community organization that unlocks the power of people to transform their communities through community organizing Together Colorado a member of the PICO National Network, the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. PICO works with 1,000 religious congregations in more than 200 cities and towns through its 60 local and state federations.

 

Together Colorado and PICO are non-partisan and do not endorse or support candidates for office. Together Colorado and PICO urge people of faith to consult their faith traditions for guidance on specific policies and legislation. Learn more at www.togethercolorado.org and www.piconetwork.org.