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Bipartisan support for DACA, Dreamers grows as Trump poised to end program

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September 1, 2017, 9:49 am

With rumors and reports of its imminent demise at the hands of the Trump administration swirling fast and furiously, there’s a mad bipartisan dash in Congress to save the DACA program and protect Dreamers from deportation — led by Colorado lawmakers.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, a Republican who represents a Front Range district that includes most of Aurora, on Thursday tweeted his support for DACA, or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program implemented by former President Barack Obama in 2012:

DACA allows more than 750,000 undocumented residents (more than 17,000 in Colorado) who were brought to the United States at a very young age to legally study and work as long as they stay out of trouble with the law.

Coffman wants to immediately force a vote on the BRIDGE Act to temporarily extend the program and block a group of Republican state’s attorney generals threatening to sue if the Trump administration doesn’t rescind DACA by Sept. 5.

Coffman has Democratic support in the Senate, where Colorado’s Michael Bennet expressed his outrage at a possible end of the DACA program at the hands of President Donald Trump, who promised to “show great heart” in dealing with Dreamers.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper appeared on MSNBC Friday to morning to say he would be hugely disappointed if Trump decides to end DACA, and he added he knew a lot of Republicans who would be equally distraught.

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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, SKI Magazine, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), Ski Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

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