Friday, November 21st, 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: As immigration reform advocates across America cheered the announcement by President Barack Obama of executive measures to address the pressing and neglected issue of immigration, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded that Colorado Republicans stop obstructing and take action now.

“Congressman Cory Gardner claims he is ‘incredibly disappointed’ in the President for taking action on immigration, but Coloradans have waited for years while Gardner and conservatives have done nothing,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Gardner pays lip service to immigration reform, but his votes simply don’t match his rhetoric. It’s time for Gardner to answer the President’s charge not with more hot air, but with action to address an issue Gardner and Republicans in Congress have neglected for too long.”

“It has been almost a year and a half since the United States Senate passed a bipartisan immigration bill,” said Runyon-Harms. “When bipartisan immigration reform reached Cory Gardner, Mike Coffman, and the Republican controlled House, progress ground to a halt. Their inaction has left millions of families in limbo. President Obama’s order to protect families and focus on criminals for enforcement is the right way to proceed.”

“It is time for the obstruction on immigration from Colorado Republicans in Congress to end,” said Runyon-Harms. “Instead of making irresponsible threats, progressives call on Reps. Cory Gardner, Mike Coffman, Scott Tipton, and Doug Lamborn to come back to the table and engage in good-faith efforts to pass immigration reform now. Were it not for their double dealing on immigration, the President’s action would not be necessary.”

“Our message to Colorado Republicans in Congress is simple,” said Runyon-Harms. “Do your jobs. Send the President a bill he can sign to address immigration reform. Because America can’t wait any longer for leadership.”