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John Hickenlooper on Immigration

 

 


Need a comprehensive reevaluation of our immigration laws

We are a country built on immigration. We have more job openings than we have people looking for work. We've got to reevaluate our entire immigration system. We need more workers to help bring in our crops, where last fall we were leaving some of our fruits and vegetables in the fields and unharvested. Whether we need more electrical engineers to keep our tech industry at the front of the global competition. That's all got to be incorporated into a comprehensive treatment of immigration.
Source: Meet the Press 2019 interviews for 2020 Democratic primary , Mar 31, 2019

Crazy to drive out 11 million illegal immigrants

John Hickenlooper said during his first trip to Iowa as a candidate that it would be "crazy" to drive out everyone who's in the U.S. illegally. Hickenlooper is positioning himself as a uniter who can get things done.

On immigration, Hickenlooper said both sides need to sit down and that hardliners must accept some realities. "To think we're ever in this country, that was founded and defined by immigrants, to expel 10 million to 11 million people is crazy," Hickenlooper said.

Source: Sacramento Bee on 2019 SXSW conference , Mar 9, 2019

Family separation policy is cruel and un-American

Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Mar 4, 2019

Stringent verification process for Syrian refugees

Colorado's governor isn't ruling out Syrian refugees. But Gov. John Hickenlooper says the federal government needs to make sure the verification process for refugees is "as stringent as possible."
Source: ABC News on Syrian Refugee Crisis , Nov 16, 2015

Not soft on immigration, but against Arizona immigration law

During the 2010 campaign, Hickenlooper vehemently denied his opponents' charge that he was soft on illegal immigration and pointed to the thousands of individuals Denver referred to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under his mayorship. Hickenlooper opposed the controversial immigration law Arizona passed in 2010.
Source: WhoRunsGov.com, profile on John Hickenlooper , Nov 9, 2011

Protect DREAMers instead of deporting them.

Hickenlooper signed Letter from 11 Governors to Congressional leadership

Nearly 800,000 young people eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA)--known as "Dreamers"--played no role in the decision to come here and they have known no other home but the United States.

Already, more than 12,000 Dreamers have lost their protective status and are susceptible to deportation. This is not a theoretical peril, but in fact an immediate and urgent one, because more than 100 young people in our cities and towns are losing their protective status every day. Those numbers will accelerate dramatically without a legislative fix.

We stand with these young American immigrants not only because it is good for our communities and a strong American 21st century economy, but also because it is the right thing for our nation to do. DACA recipients have subjected themselves to extensive background and security checks in order to work and attend college. They are studying at our universities. They are working to support themselves and their families, paying taxes and contributing to their communities in a myriad of ways. In the absence of congressional action providing for a permanent resolution, the termination of DACA puts these young people and their families in peril, and will destabilize our schools, workplaces and communities.

We recognize the complexities and challenges created by this issue, but swift, successful action is needed, action that can build momentum to reassure policymakers that progress on other immigration challenges is possible as well. As a bipartisan coalition of governors, we stand ready to help.

Source: Letter from 11 Governors to Congressional leadership 18LTR-DACA on Dec 20, 2017

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