DENVER, CO – The Colorado Latino and Black Caucuses today released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump Administration cannot immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
“The Trump Administration’s decision to end the DACA program was a cruel and unjust betrayal, and it would have destroyed the lives of thousands of Colorado families. Dreamers make up the fabric of this state and this country. Today’s Supreme Court decision is historic and welcome news that will allow our country’s DREAMers to continue living and working in their communities without fear.
“We urge Congress to quickly pass legislation to establish permanent protections and a pathway to citizenship for all DREAMers. Furthermore, we denounce any attempt by the administration to continue using DREAMers as a bargaining chip in negotiations over immigration reform and the president’s border wall. We stand with DREAMers!”
There are over 15,000 Dreamers in Colorado, and nationally, nearly 700,000 participate in the DACA program. Colorado Latino Caucus Members: Rep. Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez, Latino Caucus Co-Chair Sen. Robert Rodriguez, Latino Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Adrienne Benavidez Rep. Bri Buentello Rep. Yadira Caraveo Rep. Monica Duran Sen. Leroy Garcia Sen. Julie Gonzales Rep. Sonya Jaquez Lewis Sen. Dominick Moreno Rep. Kerry Tipper Rep. Alex Valdez Rep. Donald Valdez
Colorado Black Caucus Members: Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, Black Caucus Chair Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, Black Caucus Vice Chair Rep. Tony Exum Sr., D-Colorado Springs Rep. Janet Buckner, D-Aurora Rep. James Coleman, D-Denver Rep. Dominique Jackson, D-Aurora Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora Sen. Angela Williams, D-Denver