Those demanding immigration reform in Colorado are speaking out

The clamor is growing in Colorado to pass the immigration reform bill that is languishing in Congress. More and more Coloradan religious leaders, businessmen, educators and agricultural growers are becoming more public about their views on the need to resolve the matte.r

In September more than half a dozen leading educators from the state’s universities and colleges expressed their concerns in a joint letter to Colorado’s representatives arguing that immigrants are vital to the state’s economy and that the system needs to be fixed once and for all.

A similar letter was submitted by a variety of organizations, including municipal authorities and the mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock. The letter admits that complete agreement on any bill is impossible, but that the nation needs to reach some concession. Though the appeals were submitted jointly, each group has special concerns.

Growers are concerned because the current guest worker program is difficult and unwieldy. A reliable pool of labor must be available, they argue, and that the state and the nation’s food supply relies on these workers.

Colorado bishops recently issued a pastoral letter that, while it did not endorse any specific measure, indicated that reform was in keeping with Catholic social teaching and was in the best interests of the common good.