8:04 pm - Saturday June 24, 2017

What About Soldiers’ Families, Rep. Gardner?‏

What About Their Families?

Rep. Salazar: “What would happen to the parents, children, brothers and sisters of immigrant servicemen and women bravely fighting for their country?”

 

 Last week, Congressman Cory Gardner attempted to distract from his radical immigration record by coming out in support of “citizenship to people who enter the country illegally and serve in the U.S. military.”

 

Yet Gardner has refused to say what would happen to the families of service members earning their citizenship.

 

“What about their families? What would happen to the parents, children, brothers and sisters of immigrant servicemen and women bravely fighting for their country?” asked StateRep. Joe Salazar (D-Thornton). “Does Gardner want to detain or deport a soldier’s family while they’re serving overseas?”

 

“Congressman Gardner’s belated turnaround on citizenship for military service is a half-measure attempt to distract from his radical, anti-immigrant voting record. It does nothing to solve our broken immigration system that harms our economy and senselessly tears apart hardworking Colorado families,” Salazar added.

 

Gardner fervently opposes reform that includes a path to citizenship, has been a longtime opponent of the DREAM Act, and even voted for radical anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King’s plan to deport DREAMers.

 

Sen. Mark Udall worked to pass the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform package, and hascriticized House Republicans’ refusal to even allow a vote on the measure. Last week, Udallsaid that if Tea Party radicals like Congressman Gardner continue to block a vote, “the president should take action to stop tearing apart families whose only crime is seeking a better life for themselves.”

 

BACKGROUND:

 

GARDNER VOTED TO DEPORT DREAMers

 

Gardner Voted to Allow Deportation of DREAM Act Eligible Immigrants Who Came to U.S. as Children. In 2013, Gardner voted for an amendment that would bar the use of funds provided in the bill to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce a number of policies and memorandums within the Homeland Security Department, including ones pertaining to prosecutorial discretion for illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children. The amendment was adopted by a vote of 224-201. [HR 2217, Vote #208, 6/6/13; Roll Call, 6/6/13]

 

GARDNER IS A LONGTIME OPPONENT OF DREAM ACT

 

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]

 

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 OPPOSES PATH TO CITIZENSHIP

 

Gardner: “‘Amnesty’ And A ‘Path To Citizenship’ Is the Same Thing.” In October 2010, the Huffington Post reported that “‘The problem with [Rep. Betsy] Markey’s position is that ‘amnesty’ and a ‘path to citizenship’ is the same thing,’ the email stated. … In the same article, Gardner refused to answer directly if he was in favor of deportation, but he is against amnesty and his campaign email states, ‘Any proposal that allows people who are here illegally to cut to the front of the line is amnesty,’ leaving few, if any, alternatives to deporting the 12-20 million people currently in the country illegally. Aside from this major distinction of Gardner’s possible support for deportation, he and Markey appear to have some almost identical positions on the matter.” [Huffington Post,10/14/2010]

 

Gardner: “I Don’t Support A Special Pathway To Citizenship.” In March 2013, the Longmont Times-Call reported that “Gardner cited what he said is the importance of securing the nation’s borders against illegal immigration, and he said there’s a need for a temporary-guest-worker program ‘that actually works.’ Said Gardner: ‘I don’t support a special pathway to citizenship’ for undocumented residents who are in this country illegally.” [Longmont Times-Call,3/27/2013; Fort Morgan Times,8/6/2013]

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