Colorado’s community and business leaders have been very vocal in their support of the passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Immigrant activist groups have been petitioning Congress to take immediate action because the stalemate is affecting businesses and the economy in that state. Leaders from the four corners of the state have been collaborating to gain the support of their communities for the immediate passage of a reform bill.
According to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, nearly 60 percent of Coloradanssupport moving forward on immigration reform. The results found that those residents in support of immigration reform want legislation that will allow the more than 11 million documented immigrants in the U.S. to be granted a path to citizenship. However, they do stand behind a path that contains conditions like a waiting period, requirement to pay back taxes, passing criminal background checks and learning English. Only one quarter of the Coloradans surveyed supported the option of deportation for undocumented immigrants. This is in keeping with the nation’s opinion of the wave of deportations that have occurred during President Barack Obama’s terms in office.
Immigration advocacy groups in Colorado have been urging small businesses, including those in the construction industry, as well as farmers and ranchers who rely on immigrant workers to support their livelihood, to join them in demanding action on immigration reform. These groups have explained that the current system does not support the immigrant workers who help Colorado’s economy, and that hurts the agriculture and tourism industries the most. Farmers and ranchers in western Colorado are being negatively affected by the restrictions placed on undocumented immigrants who want to work in the U.S. Farms are suffering because farmers can’t secure the work they need. The plight of farmers in the state affect all Coloradans, and they are banding together from each corner of Colorado to join their voices in the fight to push immigration reform forward.