(Sept. 13) – The Colorado Democratic Latin@ Legislative Caucus praised the decision announced today by Gov. John Hickenlooper to add Colorado to the list of states challenging the Trump administration’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

The caucus also joined with Latino legislative leaders across the country in pushing for action on DACA and condemning efforts in various states to force local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws.

Here is the caucus’s statement:

“Today we applaud Governor Hickenlooper’s decision to add Colorado to the states challenging the DACA repeal. We call on Congress to enact permanent protections for DACA recipients and pass comprehensive immigration reform.

“And we stand with the national Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs in opposition to all attempts to force local law enforcement to carry out a federal immigration crackdown, including Texas Senate Bill 4 and the failed attempts to pass similar legislation here in Colorado. Our police officers have full-time jobs protecting public safety; forcing them to also serve as immigration police would undermine their mission.

“In the climate of fear created by the repeal of the DACA program, the Arpaio pardon, the border wall charade and numerous other efforts to intimidate immigrant communities, it is now more important than ever that our words and actions protect the ideal of inclusive, welcoming, safe communities where immigrant families can trust their local law enforcement agencies.”

The Colorado Democratic Latin@ Legislative Caucus includes Reps. Adrienne Benavidez, D-Adams County, and Donald Valdez, D-La Jara, co-chairs; House Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver, and Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman, D-Denver; Sens. Irene Aguilar, D-Denver, Leroy Garcia, D-Pueblo, and Dominick Moreno, D-Commerce City; and Reps. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, and Joe Salazar, D-Thornton.

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