DENVER (CBS4)– Colorado is one of 16 states advocating for the Dreamers before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court says it will take up a case that ended DACA or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Some 17,000 young people in Colorado are protected from deportation by DACA, a program that’s become a political football. Pres. Barack Obama established it. Pres. Donald Trump abolished it, leaving Dreamers in limbo and prompting the lawsuit.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser laid out the state’s case before leaders from across the state – Republican and Democrat, business and agriculture, religious and academic – all part of the Colorado Compact on immigration.

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“The Dreamers were told under the prior administration give us your information, all kinds of personal information, and we’ll put you at the very back of the line of 11 million people. Unfortunately, in yet another political game, they’re now being threatened with immediate deportation. When you tell someone one thing, and you get information from them for one purpose, you don’t turn around and misuse it,” said Weiser.

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Weiser says Pres. Trump’s reasoning is contrived and his actions a violation of due process. Still, Weiser would rather have Congress, not the Supreme Court, settle the matter.

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So would Sen. Cory Gardner, “We worked for months to come up with a bi-partisan bill proposal.”

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He’s one of six Republican and Democratic senators, including Sen. Michael Bennet, who wrote an immigration reform bill that included protections for Dreamers along with millions of dollars for border security. It failed by just six votes.

“We know this is the right thing to do,” said Gardner. “I have people that live within my community who are Dreamers. Our daughter goes to school with a grade full of Dreamers and the opportunity for us to pass this legislation is so close so I spend each and every day fighting to find those six people – the six people that we were shy those votes – to get them to vote yes and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”

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Gardner wouldn’t say whether he thought Pres. Trump had the authority to rescind Pres. Obama’s executive order establishing DACA. But he said he has talked to Pres. Trump repeatedly about the need to pass the Dream Act. The Supreme Court’s decision is expected next spring, in the middle of the 2020 election.

Shaun Boyd

Comments (2)
  1. Glenn Rogers says:

    What don’t you idiots under stand illegal is illegal.What do we have police for if all you have to do is protest. and your ok.If they want to stay here so dam bad why don’t they apply for citizenship.Are they better than any body that came before them? You idiots better wake up before all hell busts lose in this good old USA.I don’t agree with every thing trump does but it seems he is the only one with a brain. all the rest of you are brain dead

    1. The current migration at our border is costing taxpayers a Kings ransom ($17,000 per day ABC news.) Fleeing persecution? or fleeing for freebies? they sure don’t stay in Mexico when they reach “safety” or ask or offered political asylum in Mexico. Why? because Mexico will give them NOTHING. So they make the long journey to our border, our generous Democrats, and our tax dollars.

      We have Democrat / Socialist / Activists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the “benefits” & laws of coming to the USA and to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.” Mexico recently arrested two socialist activists who were instrumental in the organizing of prior caravans,

      Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis is manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever.).

      To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt, against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

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