Hickenlooper said he’s against it, but says Trump’s actions have drawn the spotlight to a critical issue. Hickenlooper says this is the time to — in his words — “resolve all the conflicts around immigration.”
“Let’s make compromises. Let’s figure out where we can give a little; everyone gives a little, and solve the problem so we don’t have millions of people; many of the little kids living in the shadows,” Hickenlooper said. “They can’t hold a job out in the open. Right now we need more and more workers. Some of them are even working right now, they’re working here illegally. If they all left, I don’t know what would happen … let’s get the system fixed.”
The governor also talked about the impact of travel restrictions on Colorado universities.
“Foreign students … big part of our economy. We talk about how many thousands of foreign students that are here and how much money they put into this economy; that’s a serious consideration,” Hickenlooper said.
Hickenlooper says Colorado’s humming economy is currently running at virtually full employment and a steady stream foreign workers are needed to keep that going.