Campaign 2010

Jul 23, 2013

DCCC Decodes Congressman Mike Coffman on Immigration

Congressman Mike Coffman is up to his old tricks again, saying one thing in Colorado, but voting the party line in Washington. Just a few weeks ago, Congressman Coffman voted the party line to start deporting hundreds of thousands of DREAMers.

Below is Congressman Coffman’s recent editorial, helpfully decoded with his actual record on immigration:

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1997: Congressman Coffman Suggested Immigrants Brought Their Relatives to the U.S. to Get Welfare. Coffman suggested that immigrants brought elderly relatives to the United States “with the understanding that they’re going to be covered” by welfare. [Denver Post, 1/13/97] 

Co-Sponored Birthright Citizenship Act. In 2011, Coffman co-sponsored the Birthright Citizenship Act. [Denver Post, 2/13/11]

Coffman said he was “Unsure” what to do with Undocumented Adults.  In 2013, when talking about immigration reform Coffman said he was “unsure about what to do with the adults.” [National Public Radio, 7/10/13]

CBO: Senate Immigration bill Would Cut the Deficit by $158 Billion. According to The Hill, “The CBO issued a new deficit score for the Senate-passed immigration bill that says the legislation will cut the deficit by $158 billion over the 2014-2023 period.” [The Hill, 7/3/13]

Fox 31: “Coffman Hasn’t Taken a Clear position on the Senate Immigration Bill.”  Fox 31 reported that “Representative Coffman hasn’t taken a clear position on the Senate Immigration bill that passed the Senate.” [Fo 31, 7/21/13]

June 2013: Congressman Coffman Voted to Restart Deporting an Estimated 800,000 DREAM Act Eligible Young People. In 2013, Congressman Coffman voted for an amendment to the 2014 Homeland Security appropriations bill that would prohibit the use of Immigration and Customs Enforcement funds to implement President Obama’s June 2012 order that protects the “DREAMers” from deportation—those estimated 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and have since led law-abiding lives.  The amendment also prohibits other prosecutorial discretion policies that ensure the agency's immigration enforcement resources are targeted at serious criminals, and not at those who pose no threat to U.S. communities, such as victims of domestic violence and other crimes who come forward to seek protection and identify their abusers. The amendment passed, 224-201. [HR 2217, Vote #208, 6/06/13]

Said DREAM Act would be a “Nightmare” for Americans. In 2010, Coffman said that the DREAM Act would be “a nightmare” for Americans. “The Dream Act will be a nightmare for the American people. No doubt, we need immigration reform but the Dream Act is written far too broadly and it will only encourage more illegal immigration, promote chain migration, and will be a magnet for fraud,” he said. [Office of Mike Coffman, 12/08/10]

Supported English-only Ballots. “Since proficiency in English is already a requirement for U.S. citizenship, forcing cash-strapped local governments to provide ballots in a language other than English makes no sense at all,” Coffman said in a statement. [Denver Post, 8/18/11

Colorado Independent: “Coffman adopted much the same rhetoric and policy stances” as Tancredo. “For years the state’s deep-red Sixth District was represented by anti-illegal immigration crusader Tom Tancredo and, when he replaced Tancredo in 2008, Coffman adopted much the same rhetoric and policy stances.” [Colorado Independent, 6/06/13]

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