Today, the Colorado Senate passed Senate Joint Memorial 13-003, a bi-partisan resolution concerning comprehensive immigration reform and urging action by the 113th Congress. Passing 33-2, the resolution was brought forward by Latino Caucus member and Asst. Majority Leader, Senator Irene Aguilar (D-Denver).
Remarks on the Senate floor recognized the importance of immigrants’ contributions to the social and economic fabric of the state of Colorado while acknowledging that the federal government’s inability to enact immigration reform has led to a patchwork of state laws that inadequately address immigration-related problems.
The resolution calls for Congressional action for reform that provides a fair, equitable, and realistic mechanism that keeps families together wherever possible, promotes small business and economic growth, and provides long-term, practical and enforceable solutions to our broken immigration system. “It is important that we come together, Democrats and Republicans, to urge Congress to address one of the biggest issues facing our country today,” stated Senator Aguilar. “We need reform that is fair and humane, provides a roadmap to citizenship, strengthens our national security, protects American workers, and helps our economy thrive.”
The resolution will be moved forward to the Colorado House of Representatives where it will be carried by Latino Caucus co-chair Rep. Joseph Salazar (D-Thornton) and Representative Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling). It is expected to also garner bi-partisan support in that chamber.
After it is approved by the Colorado House, the joint resolution will be delivered to the US Speaker of the House, President of the US Senate, members of Colorado’s congressional delegation, and the Governor of Colorado.