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Gardner Opposition To DREAM Act is against Colorado Values‏

GARDNER’S OPPOSITION TO THE DREAM ACT IS AN AFFRONT TO COLORADO VALUES

 Colorado Democratic Party chairman Rick Palacio released the following statement on Congressman Cory Gardner’s career-long battle against the DREAM Act:

“Congressman Cory Gardner has been fighting the DREAM Act throughout his career, testifying in Congress against the measure four years before he even ran for the House. And he has supported anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) efforts to deport DREAMers,” said Palacio.

“Gardner’s fervent opposition to the DREAM Act is an affront to our Colorado values. We cannot allow young children brought into this country by their parents, through no fault of their own, to be cast aside by the only country they’ve ever known.”

BACKGROUND:

 

Congressman Gardner said DREAM Act was “misguided,” and suggested it would “reward illegal behavior”

Traveled to Washington before he was in Congress to testify against DREAM Act


2006: Gardner Was A Leading Opponent Of The DREAM Act And Testified Against It In The U.S. House. At a hearing of the U.S. House Education & the Workforce Committee covered a U.S. Senate proposal to provide in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants attending public universities across the nation, called the DREAM Act. Cory Gardner, a Colorado State Representative, testified to the bill. The release from the Committee stated “Gardner has been among the state’s leaders in opposition to attempts to provide in-state tuition benefits to illegal immigrants seeking to attend Colorado public universities.” [House Education & Workforce Committee press release, 9/1/2006]

  • Gardner: “I Believe It Sends A Misguided Message To Citizens And Non-Citizens Alike That We Will Allow A Taxpayer Funded Benefit, Such As Instate Tuition, To Go To Someone Who Is In Violation Of Our Immigration Laws. Reward Illegal Behavior.” At a hearing of the U.S. House Education & the Workforce Committee covered a U.S. Senate proposal to provide in-state college tuition for illegal immigrants attending public universities across the nation, called the DREAM Act: “Cory Gardner, a Colorado State Representative, expressed similar sentiments to the panel. Gardner has been among the state’s leaders in opposition to attempts to provide in-state tuition benefits to illegal immigrants seeking to attend Colorado public universities. ‘As a matter of state policy, I believe it sends a misguided message to citizens and non-citizens alike that we will allow a taxpayer funded benefit, such as instate tuition, to go to someone who is in violation of our immigration laws,’ Gardner noted. ‘As a nation, we should not promote policies that encourage illegal immigration and provide disincentives to those patiently working through the proper legal channels. The cost of education is increasing every day. It is difficult enough to provide for the educational needs of our own citizens, let alone those who may be in the country illegally. We must not reward illegal behavior. Nor should we institute policies that perpetuate it.'” [House Education & Workforce Committee press release, 9/1/2006]
  • Tancredo Opposed The DREAM Act And Said It “Rewarded” Illegal Immigrants And Made Citizenship “An Outright Disadvantage.” In November 2010, Townhall.com “Under the act, illegal aliens under 35 – hardly children – can apply for permanent residency. Any illegal who came to the country before he was sixteen, has been here for five years, and has dodged deportation is rewarded by being allowed to apply if they say they want to go to college or join the military. As a bonus, illegals will receive in-state tuition under this act. Not only do the Democrats cheapen citizenship, they make it an outright disadvantage. .Make no mistake – the DREAM act is amnesty.” [Townhall.com, Tom Tancredo op-ed,11/29/2010]

Gardner Opposed The DREAM Act: “I Don’t Think We Should Give Unfair Advantages To People Not In The Country Legally.” In September 2012, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported that “Gardner voted for extension of the wind-energy production tax credit and favors repealing Obamacare. He opposes gay marriage and the Dream Act. ‘I don’t think we should give unfair advantages to people not in the country legally,’ he said.” [Fort Collins Coloradoan, 9/16/2012]

 

Gardner sided with anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King, voted to deport DREAMers

Bill would treat immigrant children as criminals, end protections from deportation

Gardner Voted To End Protections From Deportation For Students And Children Who Had Come To The United States Through No Fault Of Their Own. In June 2013, Rep. Gardner voted for Rep. Steve King’s amendment to H.R. 2217 which would have reversed the president’s deferred action executive order and “end Department of Homeland Security discretion policies that allow it to delay deportations for young, undocumented immigrants and other people deemed low-priority, effectively demanding the government force out Dreamers who came to the United States as children. The amendment, offered by immigration hawk Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), was approved mostly along party lines. . The amendment specifically references two major administrative actions by the president. One was an announcement in 2011 that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would refocus its efforts on the worst of the worst, rather than Dreamers — young people who came to the U.S. as children — and others who would likely be eligible for a path to citizenship. His administration also enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that formalizes a process for Dreamers to remain in the U.S. As of May, nearly 300,000 Dreamers had been granted deferred action. Republicans argue it is selective amnesty.” [HR 2217, Vote 208, 6/6/2013; Huffington Post, 6/6/2013]

Gardner Did Not Believe the DREAM Act Fixed The Immigration Problem. In March 2013, Boulder Daily Camera reported, “He believes a pathway to citizenship, even for American high school graduates eligible under the DREAM Act, will be ‘tough politically for a lot of people.’ Including himself. ‘I think if you pass the DREAM Act today, you’re still not fixing the problem,’ said Gardner, who lives in Yuma, where the school district is 38 percent Latino. ‘I want to create a fair system so people who want to be here legally can be here legally.'” [Boulder Daily Camera, 3/20/13]

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