10:23 am - Saturday November 18, 2017

Congressman Coffman on Immigration

As Congress prepares to take up immigration reform, the Colorado Democratic Party has released the first of its periodic “Flashback Fridays” to remind Colorado voters of where Congressman Coffman really stands on the issues. 


“Congressman Coffman might talk a good game here in Colorado, but since he went to Washington, he’s voted time and again with his party leaders and against middle class Colorado families,” said Rick Palacio Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party. “Congressman Coffman’s true record includes supporting Arizona’s Tea Party immigration law and working to overturn basic rights that have been part of our Constitution since after the Civil War.”

Here is Congressman Mike Coffman’s true record on immigration:
 
Congressman Coffman Met With Author of Arizona’s Immigration Enforcement Law, Then Signed Brief Supporting the Law. In 2010, Coffman signed an amicus brief supporting Arizona’s appeal of a federal district court’s decision that sections of the state’s new immigration enforcement law were unconstitutional. He issued a press release that said, “This past weekend I met with Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, author of the new Arizona law, while in Phoenix. When meeting with Sen. Pearce he shared that during the drafting of S.B. 1070 constitutional scholars were consulted specifically in anticipation of federal litigation. He firmly believes the law will stand up to legal challenges by the Obama administration.” [Coffman press release, 9/02/10]

Congressman Coffman Suggested Immigrants Brought Their Relatives to the U.S. to Get Welfare. In 1996, Coffman suggested that immigrants brought elderly relatives to the United States “with the understanding that they’re going to be covered” by welfare. [Denver Post, 1/13/97] 

Cosponsored Congressman Steve King’s “Birthright Citizenship Act. According to the Center for American Progress, the “Birthright Citizenship Act would create “A new underclass of less-than-citizens—marginalized from society and weighing on our future economic competitiveness.”  [Denver Post, 2/13/11, Center for American Progress 5/11/2011]

Supported English-only Ballots.“Since proficiency in English is already a requirement for U.S. citizenship, forcing cash-strapped local governments to provide ballots in a language other than English makes no sense whatsoever,” Coffman said in a statement. [Aurora Sentinel, 9/21/11]
 
Coffman Said DREAM Act would be A Nightmare. “The Dream Act will be a nightmare for the American people. No doubt, we need immigration reform but the Dream Act is written far too broadly and it will only encourage more illegal immigration, promote chain migration, and will be a magnet for fraud,” he said. [Coffman press release, 12/10/08] 

Congressman Coffman Applauded Tom Tancredo’s Efforts to Prevent Fixing Broken Immigration System.“I will continue the fight Congressman Tancredo has lead for many years…” he said. [Coffman campaign website, 4/20/08]

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