Colo. GOP shows shifting immigrant tuition stance
DENVER — Colorado Republicans showed a shifting strategy on immigration and Latinos today when the state Senate again debated whether illegal immigrants should be eligible for in-state tuition.
The bill, expected to pass for at least the third consecutive year in the Democratic chamber, elicited a good deal of GOP opposition. But at least two freshmen Republicans argued in favor of the measure.
One of them, Republican Sen. Larry Crowder, of Alamosa, talked of growing up surrounded by Latino immigrants, both illegal and legal.
“Until the federal government steps up to the plate and fixes this problem, we’ve got to do something,” argued Crowder, who went on to decry anti-immigrant sentiment. “I guess some people just want them to graduate and flip burgers ... (but) it’s time to realize we are a melting pot,” Crowder said.
Another freshman Republican, Sen. Owen Hill, of Colorado Springs, told senators about visiting the Statue of Liberty as a child.
“It is not that I love law less, but I love liberty more,” Hill said.