Like most Americans, Michael believes that our immigration system is broken. That's why he took a leading role as a member of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" that worked together on a bill to fix our immigration system. The bill secures our borders, includes a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, makes reforms to an outdated visa system to ensure businesses have access to the workers they need, and includes important worker protections. The Senate passed the bill in June 2013 but the House of Representatives did not take action on it or any other immigration bill.
We must work together to find the right solution. Michael began his work in 2012, when he convened leaders from around Colorado to put together the Colorado Compact, a set of principles developed through conversations with individuals representing the political, business, agricultural, law enforcement, civic, and religious spectrum that informed the national immigration reform discussion.
Michael will continue to lead conversations like these so that we can develop reasonable, comprehensive, and bipartisan solutions that secure our borders while promoting American values and ideals.
- In 2013, Michael joined the bipartisan Gang of Eight, and negotiated a package of reforms that secures our borders, includes a path to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrations, updates our visa system to ensure businesses have access to the workers they need, and includes important worker protections. The Senate passed that bill in June 2013.
- Michael's work with the Gang of Eight was informed by his conversations with leaders from across Colorado's political, business, agriculture, civic, and religious spectrum, who came together in 2012 to unveil the Colorado Compact, a set of immigration reform principles that was designed to lead the national debate.
- Michael has been a strong advocate in deferring deportation of "DREAMers," young people with good moral standing who came to the United States as children, who have lived in the U.S. for at least five years, and who have graduated from high school or earned their GED. He believes that children who only know the United States as home and who have excelled in the classroom should have the opportunity to attend college, serve in the military, and contribute to our economy. He also supported the executive actions the President took in 2014 to fix the system where he could. The President's actions are designed to help keep families together, enhance border security, and help our farmers, businesses and economy.