Bennet, Udall urge Obama to act on immigration reform

One year after the U.S. Senate approved a comprehensive immigration reform measure, it still sits in the House awaiting action, and Colorado’s two Democratic senators are tired of waiting.

That’s why U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet are calling on President Barack Obama to sidestep the Republican-controlled House and implement as much of the Senate version of immigration reform as he can through executive order.

“Our system is outdated, and because of an outdated system we hurt our economy and global competitiveness,” Udall said Friday.

“Unfortunately, the Republicans in the House have chosen to disregard the will of millions of Coloradans and Americans by choosing to ignore the issue, and then they turn around and blame immigrants, the president, Senate Democrats and anyone else who wants to solve the issue.”

In what was more of a campaign stop than official Senate business, Udall was joined by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., at a Denver press conference to highlight the anniversary of the Senate measure.

Gutierrez, one of the more outspoken proponents of immigration reform, called on Coloradans to re-elect Udall to the Senate, saying the nation needs lawmakers with proven records of pushing for comprehensive reform.

“If you allow the opponents of immigration reform to paint you as being for amnesty, you lose (re-election),” Gutierrez said.

“I’m not for amnesty, Mark Udall’s not for amnesty. We’re for fixing our broken immigration system.”

The bill creates a path toward citizenship over the next 13 years for the estimated 11 million people who are living in the nation without proper residency documents.

At the same time, it provides for a beefed up border-security system, including nearly doubling the 20,000 U.S. Border Patrol workers and completing the 700-mile fence along the nation’s southern border.

The bill, which also is estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to help shrink the federal deficit by about $900 billion, requires all businesses to use the federal E-Verify system to ensure they only hire workers who have legal residency.

“The House has done absolutely nothing, and that’s unacceptable,” Bennet said.

“Each day the House drags its feet on immigration, our borders remain less secure, our visa system keeps us less competitive, our economy suffers, and millions of families remain in the shadows. Nowhere are those negative effects more acute than in Colorado, with our growing Latino population and strong agriculture, high-tech, and tourism industries.”

The bill passed the Senate with support from all 54 Democrats and 14 Republicans.

Because the measure has stalled in the House — piecemeal House measures have similarly been stalled in the Senate — Udall is calling on the president to implement some aspects of the bill, particularly when it comes to deportation of family members whose children were born in the U.S.

“We took such a step with the DREAMers, it’s now time to take that step when it comes to families,” Udall said. “It’s unconscionable we would split up families.”

Because the House in 2012 wouldn’t support the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act, Obama issued an executive order saying the government would not deport children who came into the U.S. with their parents, graduated from high schools here and want to stay to get a college education.


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Why do you not conduct your constitutional duty and close the southern border? In other protect United States? You can then worry about allowing democrap voters in or out. Damned cowards. You are allowing many terrorists and criminals through there. Sitting on your collective asses stumping for votes.

I have a novel idea:  Secure the border and then we will talk about what we will do with the illegal immigrants who are already here.  Letting in another million or so including terrorists, rapists, and murderers does not improve your case with most Americans.  We are now providing shelter, food, and medical care to thousands of illegals while we are denying veterans medical care and have hundreds of thousands of homeless citizens.

Indeed Roberta UDALL and BENNET VOTED AGAINST EVERY BILL that could have helped veterans and AMERICANS. Yet we need to pay for all of the crap you mentioned. DEMOCRAP ploy for votes. Pathetic. One day they to will feel the heat.

You are so full of it UDALL. You and Bennet are both jokes. Why don’t you read the constitution? Adhere to it. Advocating abuse of power through executive order is BS. Do your job. CLOSE THE BORDER.

“I’m not for amnesty, Mark Udall’s not for amnesty. We’re for fixing our broken immigration system.”

Then why do they keep trying to push amnesty? Those who have been waiting patiently and legally to come to our country should be rewarded with citizenship, not those who blatantly disregard our laws.

Closing the border trumps immigration reform. He is just pulling a political move and helping to destroy America. I did not say a word about amnesty. It is REAL SIMPLE. CLOSE THE BORDER.  To you immigration reform means amnesty. In any case what exactly is WRONG with our immigration system other than the damned government will NOT carry out the one mission our constitution delegates it to do.

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