Campaign 2010

Jun 07, 2013

DCCC Web Video: Congressman Coffman’s Broken Promise Means Fallout at Home

Following Congressman Mike Coffman’s broken promise on the DREAM Act, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has released a web video highlighting the fallout for Coffman, who has now twice voted against DREAMers. Yesterday, Congressman Coffman voted with anti-immigrant zealot Congressman Steve King to restart the deportation of an estimated 800,000 DREAM Act-eligible young people.

Watch the DCCC video, including local residents protesting against Coffman’s vote HERE.

Read more local coverage from Coffman’s broken promise:

  • Denver Post: “Rep. Mike Coffman votes to defund Obama administration’s ‘DREAM Act’ directive.” “The vote, which all the other Colorado House Republicans supported as well, is interesting because Coffman has tried in recent months to rebrand himself as more sympathetic to his Latino constituents. Under his new re-districted boundaries, there are a lot more Latino voters – and Democrats. He is considered one of the most vulnerable sitting Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.” [Denver Post, 6/06/13]
  • Colorado Independent: “Coffman Joins in Vote to Reject Order Suspending Immigrant Youth Deportations.” “Coffman is running for re-election in a district that was transformed last year when the boundaries were redrawn. 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. Now, however, the district constituency is more evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans and includes significant blocs of ethnic-minority and new-immigrant voters. Opposing the King amendment yesterday would have been an easy way for Coffman to demonstrate the sincerity of his new softer approach to immigration and tamp down criticism on the left that his conversion is mere political opportunism that should fail to fool voters.” [Colorado Independent, 6/06/13]

COFFMAN’S RECORD

2010: Voted Against Legal Residency for Young, Undocumented Immigrants. In 2010, Coffman voted against the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal residency for hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants first brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The bill passed, 216-198. [HR 5281, Vote #625, 12/08/10; Denver post; 12/08/10]

2010: Coffman Said DREAM Act would be A “Nightmare.” “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 Rep. Coffman, 12/08/10

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]

2012: President Issued Executive Order Instructing DHS Not to Deport Illegal Immigrants that Arrived in U.S. Before Age 16, Lived in Country for Five Years, and are Enrolled in School or are Military Veterans. “Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children will be allowed to remain in the country without fear of deportation and able to work, under an executive action the Obama administration […] The policy, while not granting any permanent legal status, clears the way for young illegal immigrants to come out of the shadows, work legally and obtain driver’s licenses and many other documents they have lacked. […] Under the change, the Department of Homeland Security will no longer initiate the deportation of illegal immigrants who came to the United States before age 16, have lived here for at least five years, and are in school, are high school graduates or are military veterans in good standing. The immigrants must also be not more than 30 and have clean criminal records.” [New York Times, 6/15/12]