Governor John Hickenlooper
Gov. John Hickenlooper offered this statement regarding President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“Colorado has always been a place where people can determine their destiny. The DACA program provides thousands of young people the opportunity to do just that. President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program unnecessarily jeopardizes the futures of more than 17,000 Coloradans. We strongly encourage Colorado’s congressional delegation to support the passage of the Dream Act, ensuring that Dreamers can continue making contributions to the only country they’ve ever called home. We will not turn our back on these young people and neither should our country.”
Mayor Michael Hancock
Mayor Michael B. Hancock released a statement following the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals:
“There are 800,000 youth living in the United States that know no other country but this one. They didn’t choose to be here, but they are here – contributing to this country and making good on the opportunity to pursue the American dream. Ripping them from the only home and life they’ve ever known is a cruel action unbefitting of this great nation. If the President chooses to forfeit his moral leadership with this heartless attempt to score political points, then it’s up to the House of Representatives and Senate to show all Americans that we can still govern with compassion. It’s time for a bipartisan action to protect our DACA youth, and I urge all members of Colorado’s congressional delegation to support that legislation.”
Superintendent Tom Boasberg/DPS
“President Trump’s decision to end DACA is shortsighted, heartless and harmful. Our DACA students and educators have tremendous capacity, potential and desire to contribute to our community. Many of them are students and graduates who have spent almost their entire lives in the Denver Public Schools, and we as a community have invested greatly in them and their potential. We know these young people, we welcome and respect them, and we will do all we can to right this wrong.”
"The Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program represents a betrayal of the nearly 800,000 hard-working and law-abiding young people who grew up in America and who contribute meaningfully to our community and economy. Here in Colorado, DACA protects the rights of over 17,000 young people. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver condemns in the strongest possible terms this decision to put politics ahead of the best interests of our country.
We urge the members of the U.S. Congress, and particularly those in the Colorado delegation, to act quickly to codify laws that provide an opportunity for the well-being, security and prosperity of those who qualify for the DACA program. We stand ready to work with Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike to enact a permanent and sensible resolution to this issue and to enable these young people to contribute to the economic growth of our country."
Colo. U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Today Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner sponsored the Dream Act of 2017. “Children who came to this country without documentation, through no fault of their own, must have the opportunity to remain here lawfully,” Gardner said. “I’m proud to join with Senator Bennet and cosponsor the Dream Act to provide certainty to the thousands of law-abiding Coloradan Dreamers and demonstrate bipartisan leadership on this important issue. I have long called for an overhaul of our country’s immigration system and believe this is an important step. I will continue to work with Senator Bennet and our colleagues in the Senate to move this bill forward into law.”
“The Dream Act offers a promising solution amid a time of uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants around the country—especially in light of the President’s decision today to rescind DACA,” Bennet said. “While comprehensive immigration reform should remain a long-term solution, we also need a more immediate fix to protect Dreamers. I have long supported legislation that makes clear what we already know: supporting Dreamers boosts our economy, strengthens our national security, and aligns with our values. Congress must move quickly to pass this legislation.”
CU’s leadership statement regarding the decision to end DACA
Dear Members of the University of Colorado Community,
In light of the announcement this morning by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind the DACA program through a phased approach by March 2018, we have engaged Colorado’s Congressional delegation to urge them to take action to allow DACA students to continue to study and work beyond March at the University of Colorado and at universities around the country.
We have offered our assistance to Congress as they address the issue. As we articulated in our communication on Saturday, DACA students are valued and important members of the CU community. They enrich our university, inspire us with their commitment to their education and to their futures, and enhance the diversity that makes CU strong.
Ours is the only country many of them have ever known. We are committed to providing the resources necessary to support them. We will continue to stand with our students and work to ensure they can pursue the education that will benefit them and our country, and engage them in a process to allow them to remain here.
President, University of Colorado
Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder
Chancellor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Chancellor, University of Colorado Denver
Chancellor, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs