Colorado delegation remains deeply divided on immigration reform

Article subtitle: 
Coffman will work to pressure House leadership to pass immigration reform
Article author: 
Allison Sherry
Article publisher: 
The Denver Post
Article date: 
4 August 2013
Article category: 
Colorado News
Medium
Article Body: 
As Congress heads home for a five-week summer break, the evolving and contrasting views of Colorado's seven House members on comprehensive immigration reform illustrate why an overhaul may be an impossible feat in this Congress.
 
Three of the four Republicans — Reps. Cory Gardner, Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton — are noncommittal about supporting a path to citizenship or legal status for those who are here illegally, including the children they have brought with them, the so-called DREAMers.
 
The three prefer, instead, taking on immigration in bite-size chunks that could take years to accomplish: independently certified border security first, then perhaps the build-out of a guest worker program.
 
And Rep. Mike Coffman, an Aurora Republican in the political fight of his life, has lengthy and pricey qualifications to his pledge to bring a comprehensive immigration bill that includes legal status for the 11 million people who are here illegally.
 
Then there are the three Democrats, all of whom are pushing for a plan that includes a way for those here illegally, but who otherwise are following the laws, to become citizens ...
 
... when pressed by immigrant advocates, the congressman [Coffman] answered "yes" to questions about whether he would work to pressure House leadership to bring a comprehensive immigration bill — with a path to citizenship ...