As the Obama administration steps up efforts to push through it’s immigration reform bill, Colorado see its congressional delegation divided on the issue.
One one side are the Republicans, of which three of the four are against the bill. 11 million new citizens in a relatively short period of time will simply leave too many people unsatisfied. On the supporter side are the estranged Republican and the three Democrats, all of whom want to see full citizenship through a fully legal process and with no qualifications for those who are here illegally but have otherwise been abiding citizens.
For the supporters of the bill, they say a gradualist process is unacceptable. It’s also unacceptable for the highly motivated activists in the districts of the opposing congressmen, who are mounting campaigns to convince constituents to ask the Republican representatives to support the measure.
Mike Coffman, whose district includes Aurora, is the probably the most sought after. When his district was redrawn to include 20% Latinos, he was forced to moderate his conservative position. He has publicly supported a list of qualifications, one of which includes certified border security, that he hopes will be more palatable to his new constituents. But it’s the border security issue that alarmed activists, who realize that that process could take years, perhaps more than a decade.