Tuesday, January 29, 2013 
CONTACT: Alan Franklin, Political Director at 303-991-1900

DENVER: After major announcements in the last two days of a renewed focus on comprehensive immigration reform efforts in Washington, D.C., ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, thanked leaders in both parties for bringing this critical issue back to the fore.

“Once in awhile, hope breaks out in Washington instead of the usual acrimony and gridlock,” said ProgressNow Colorado political director Alan Franklin. “Between yesterday’s announcement of a new push in the U.S. Senate for comprehensive immigration reform, and today President Barack Obama’s declaration that ‘now is the time,’ supporters of a comprehensive solution to one of our nations’ most vexing problems have more reason to hope now than we have in years.”

Yesterday, the so-called “Gang of Eight” bipartisan group of U.S. Senators, including Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, announced a plan that provides a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States, along with tighter border enforcement and controls on visas. Today, President Obama offered an even bolder plan for reform, while expressing support for the work done in the Senate. These developments represent the most significant movement on the issue of immigration reform in at least the last five years. 1

“A major debate on the issue of immigration to America is about to begin, and it’s years overdue,” said Franklin. “For far too long, attempts to achieve a comprehensive solution to immigration have been stymied by obstructionist conservatives—obsessed with radical, harmful, and unworkable solutions to this complex, decades-old problem. What progressives want is a solution to immigration that is fair to immigrants seeking prosperity and American workers fighting to preserve theirs. Progressives want a realistic pathway to citizenship for those who desire it, and to secure our borders in a sensible and humane manner. We look forward to engaging our members and Colorado public officials in this discussion.”

“After years of thinking small on this issue, it’s time to think big,” said Franklin.