Articulates citizenship and family unity values in approaching comprehensive reform
Citing the wisdom of keeping families together and of promoting small business and economic growth, the Colorado Senate passed a resolution to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration on a stunningly 33-2 bipartisan vote. The House of Representatives approved the resolution on April 24, 2013.
“We are grateful that the bipartisan teams of Senators Aguilar and Cadman and Representatives Salazar and Sonnenberg led the effort to recognize that our 180,000 immigrant neighbors are aspiring Americans,” said Mary Glenn, SEIU Local 105 member. “Republicans and Democrats alike are clear that it’s time for Congress to pass comprehensive, inclusive and common sense immigration reform that will make our country stronger and more secure through an earned path to citizenship.”
The resolution cites our shared values as a basis for comprehensive reform: “Colorado’s identity is defined by its promise of equal opportunity, esteem for diversity and commitment to innovation…we believe in the human dignity of all Colorado residents, regardless of immigration status and recognize the importance of immigrants’ many contributions to the social and economic fabric of the state of Colorado…citizenship is the legal embodiment and symbol of full membership and participation in society that should be encouraged for all who can meet the lawful standards for citizenship…keeping families together not only is the correct and moral thing to do but is also good for the economy because families provide a base of support that increases worker productivity and spurs entrepreneurship…aim to reduce the unreasonable wait times and overly complex rules that keep families unreasonably separated from their loved ones…”
“Every day I am afraid that my family will be separated because of our mixed immigration status,” said Marcos Tellez, an intern with Mi Familia Vota Education Fund. “All of us want to come out of the shadows, become proud citizens and be able to fully contribute to our communities and our country.”
The resolution also references the economic development benefits of federal immigration reform: “Coloradans have prospered because of the contributions of hardworking immigrants who aspire to citizenship…America’s current immigration system is widely recognized as dysfunctional because it harms our economy…update the legal immigration system so that the future flow of legal guest workers more realistically matches our nation’s labor needs and is structured to protect the employment, wages and working conditions of U.S. and lawful immigrant workers…strengthen the small business workforce and customer base, reward initiative with the American promise of opportunity, promote productivity, reduce red tape and strengthen the American economy…”
A recent Small Business Majority poll shows that 85 percent of small business owners favor the bipartisan Senate immigration reform plan because they know it’s good for the economy. The Colorado Fiscal Institute estimates that reform would add $760 million in new spending in Colorado’s economy, while the Colorado Center on Law and Policy published a report estimating that for every 10 undocumented workers deported, eight other Colorado workers would lose their jobs.