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“Asking American taxpayers to pay billions of dollars for a fence along our southern border will not do anything to fix our broken immigration system,” said U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat who also represents the Vail Valley in Congress. Polis also blasted Trump’s directive threatening to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” such as Boulder.
Polis argues that a 2013 bipartisan immigration plan that passed the Senate but was never voted on in the House had three times the funding for border security as the Trump administration is proposing, and it would have reduced the budget deficit by nearly $200 billion over 10 years.
Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith also blasted Trump’s executive action on immigration.
“As an organization that does significant organizing with Latino and immigrant communities, we see firsthand how these sorts of extreme policies would impact people across the board and hurt our neighbors, friends, and colleagues. We are appalled by these announcements, which are immoral and contrary to our American values,” Maysmith said, adding the proposed 2,000-mile border wall would be an environmental disaster.
State lawmakers also chimed in.
“The border wall is offensive, useless and costly to our taxpayers who will have to foot the bill despite President Trump’s fantasy that the Mexican government will pay for it,” said Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora. “The marches across the country showed us that Americans reject hateful and divisive ideas and want us to work on ways to keep families together, not tear them apart.”
“Not only does President Trump want to target hard-working people who have made so many positive contributions to their communities, and tear them from their families, but he wants to build a wall the American people will most assuredly be paying for?” Guzman said. “These un-American actions run completely counter to what we as Coloradans stand for, and we will not turn our backs on our neighbors.”
Republicans in Congress are irritated that Trump continues to falsely maintain that voter fraud by millions of illegal immigrants cost him the popular vote, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican, stood by the state’s election results that saw Democrat Hillary Clinton win the state by three percentage points.
“In Colorado our clerks and our judges prevent the overwhelming majority of attempts to vote that are improper,” he said. “Voter fraud is rare but it undercuts our confidence in democracy, which is why it is so critical to protect against.”