GOP supporters pen letter to push for immigration reform
Reliable supporters of Colorado Republicans have put candidates on notice that they want immigration reform this year.
“As donors, we would like to see each of our four GOP congressmen from Colorado take a leadership role to get a compromise bill to substantially deal with immigration reform across the threshold this summer.” said Bruce Payne, a donor and president and chief financial officer for Laramie Energy.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., was among the recipients of the letter and he demurred from a direct response, noting the House already is drafting its own immigration proposal.
“As Congress works on immigration reform it’s critical that we strive for a solution that permanently fixes the problems within the current system so we don’t end up here again in 20 years, facing the same challenges,” Tipton said in a statement. “Verifiable border security is the critical first step to fixing America’s immigration system, and a strengthened guest-worker program is vital as well.”
Payne is among seven Colorado GOP donors pushing for immigration reform that includes recognition of an estimated 11 million people residing illegally in the United States.
Carlos Gutierrez, secretary of commerce under President George W. Bush, organized the effort, which includes more than 100 Republican donors nationwide.
In their letter, the donors said “doing nothing is de facto amnesty. We need to take control of whom we let in our country and we need to make sure everybody plays by the same rules.”
The letter stresses many immigrants possess values prized by Republicans, such as being entrepreneurial, family-minded and guided by faith.
“Meaningful action” on immigration offers the opportunity for “both good policy and good politics for Republicans,” the letter says.