Colorado is making its presence known on immigration policy, both at the U.S. Supreme Court and on Capitol Hill. State officials delivered updates on both of those fronts at a business-focused gathering in Denver.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and Sens. Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet delivered remarks to business leaders who convened for the Colorado Compact on Immigration. Weiser issued his reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent activity on blockbuster immigration cases, and the senators relayed their hopes to get bipartisan immigration reform passed in Congress.
The Colorado Business Roundtable, an organization that advocates for pro-business policies in the state, held the event June 25 at Metro State College in Denver. The event sought to galvanize activity among Colorado’s business leaders, who are grappling with uncertainty surrounding whether they can continue employing many of the immigrants in the state’s work- force, among other issues.
Formed in 2012, the Colorado Com- pact called on Congress to legislate comprehensive immigration reform. Bipartisan lawmakers, business lead- ers and other stakeholders collaborated to develop “principles” Congress should follow in drafting and passing immigration laws. Similar compacts formed in other states including Ari- zona and Utah.
Weiser praised the “collaborative problem-solving” of the Colorado Compact, “which is how we roll here in Colorado” on issues from water rights to the opioid epidemic, he said.
The attorney general gave his reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions on the census citizenship question and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Colorado, one of the 16 plaintiff states on the lawsuit against the Department of Commerce, was on the winning side of the Supreme Court’s June 24 census decision. The court voted 5-4 to block Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross from adding a citizenship question on the 2020 census, a plan the department has since abandoned.