It is imperative that our lawmakers urgently enact critical reforms that help fix our failed immigration system and provide long overdue certainty and security to the countless immigrants who call our state and nation home.
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Immigrants are a pillar of Colorado’s economic success. They fill key jobs in understaffed industries and pay billions in state and local taxes each year, which help pay for the government services we all use each and every day.
For Colorado to continue benefiting from immigrants’ economic contributions, we must reform our broken immigration system.
It is time for Congress to reflect the will of the majority of Americans and what’s best for Colorado by prioritizing immigration reform. If Congress were to enact legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship for our nation’s undocumented immigrants, the United States will add 121 Billion to the economy each year, including $5.3 billion in Colorado.
Congresswoman Diana DeGette has long been an ally of Colorado’s immigrant communities. Her leadership is an inspiration for Coloradans who want their representatives to put partisanship aside and pass reforms that benefit our communities.
I am confident that despite recent setbacks and partisan bickering, Congresswoman DeGette and her colleagues will not let our immigrants down and will fight to ensure that Congress passes immigration this year. I know she will continue to be a critical advocate for all of Colorado’s immigrants and I thank her for her efforts.
Tracy Glass, Golden, CO
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