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  • Colorado Lawmakers Object to DHS Proposal to Expand “Public Charge” Definition
    Posted in Press Releases on December 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) today led Colorado U.S. Representatives Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, and Jared Polis, and Representatives-elect Joe Neguse and Jason Crow, in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security to object to the proposed rule expanding the definition of “public charge” under U.S. immigration law. The proposed rule would make permanent residence unavailable to individuals who rely on housing, health care, and food assistance, have a seriou... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers split between pride, shock over use of tear gas at Mexican border
    Posted in In the News on November 26, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Colorado’s federal lawmakers are divided about whether it was appropriate for U.S Customs and Border Protection agents to use tear gas Sunday on a group of Central American migrants who were headed toward a border crossing that leads into San Diego. “I’m concerned about foreign nationals trying to illegally enter our country,” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, said. “I’m proud that American forces responded to violence with restraint, using non-lethal force.” Buck’s statement echoed the comments of Home... Read more

  • Rep. Coffman denounces racist Trump ad linking Central American migrants to killer, other major Colorado Republicans quiet
    Posted in In the News on November 1, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    President Trump on Wednesday revved up his anti-immigrant rhetoric after posting a provocative ad linking an undocumented man convicted of killing two cops to the thousands of Central American migrants seeking asylum and currently making their way to the U.S. border. Trump’s ad shows footage of Luis Bracamontes, who was given the death penalty in April after being convicted of killing two Sacramento-area sheriff’s deputies in October 2014. In the ad, Bracamontes is seen laughing during court pro... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement on ICE Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after voting “present” on House Resolution 990 expressing support of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and personnel: “We have outstanding men and women in Immigration and Customs Enforcement and they should not be disparaged. But I will never, never support these abominable policies coming out of the Trump Administration that tear families apart. “This piece of legislation is not n... Read more

  • Colorado politicians react to family separations at border
    Posted in In the News on June 22, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Images of children in large cages created by chain-link metal fencing and a former Walmart-turned-migrant shelter near the U.S. border with Mexico have turned attention to the Trump administration's “zero-tolerance” policy toward illegal entry into the country in recent weeks. But the administration reversed course — to an extent — with a June 20 executive order that aims to detain and hold migrant families together, instead of separating children from their families during the process. In the d... Read more

  • Colorado lawmakers react to Trump dumping border policy
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Colorado lawmakers are weighing in on President Donald Trump's decision to end a policy of dividing families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump signed an executive order Wednesday ending the detainment measure that was part of his zero-tolerance policy on border security. Republicans facing tough mid-term elections, including U.S. Reps. Mike Coffman of Aurora, a Republican, and Ed Perlmutter of Arvada, a Democrat, were opposed the controversial practice that separated about 2,000 children from the... Read more

  • Fervor continues in Colorado over immigrant family separation policy
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    DENVER – As fervor over the separation of immigrant families at U.S. borders continued into Thursday after President Donald Trump’s vague executive order was signed Wednesday, Colorado lawmakers, faith leaders and political hopefuls from both sides of the aisle continue to hammer the issue. The Department of Justice filed documents in court Thursday asking that the Flores settlement agreement be modified to allow the government to indefinitely detain immigrant children with their families and to... Read more

  • US House OKs farm bill but says no to hardline immigration measure
    Posted in In the News on June 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy/Environment, Jobs & the Economy, Immigration

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday voted narrowly to approve a bill that extends farm programs overseen by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but rejected a hard-line Republican-sponsored bill on immigration reform — a pair of votes that conservatives had insisted should be taken side by side. The vote of 213 to 211 on H.R. 2 — the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 — included a “yes” vote from Rep. Ken Buck of Greeley, a member of the House’s Freedom Caucus. Thirty Republicans ha... Read more

  • Perlmutter Statement on Executive Order to Stop Practice of Separating Immigrant Families
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) issued the following statement today after President Trump signed an executive order to stop the practice of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border: "This disastrous situation was of President Trump’s own making. But, I’m glad he finally listened to Democrats and signed the executive order where children will no longer be separated from their family at the border, and I hope DHS works swiftly to reunite the over 2,000 children s... Read more

  • Perlmutter Supports Legislation to Prohibit Practice of Separating Immigrant Families
    Posted in Press Releases on June 19, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) is cosponsoring legislation introduced today to end the practice of separating families at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Keep Families Together Act prohibits Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials from separating children from their parents, except in extraordinary circumstances. The bill is a response to the “zero-tolerance” policy announced by the Trump administration on April 6, 2018. This policy mandates criminal prosecution of each i... Read more

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