Bennet, Gardner Introduce Bipartisan Immigration Amendment

Addresses DACA and Border Security

Washington, D.C. - Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) today announced that they have introduced an amendment for consideration by the Senate as they debate DACA and border security measures.

The amendment includes $25 billion in appropriated funds for border security measures, including the President's request for wall funding, and a 12-year pathway to citizenship for Dreamers. The amendment also contains funding for additional immigration judges and a permanent authorization of voluntary e-Verify.

"This amendment is a reasonable solution to break through Washington gridlock and provide a compromise for Dreamers who are counting on us in Colorado and around the country," Bennet said. "Our constituents elected us to get things done, and this amendment is the result of each side accepting some things they don't fully agree with to do just that. We will continue to work with our colleagues to advance this measure and take another step forward in fixing our broken immigration system."

"Our immigration system is broken and we need to fix it," Gardner said. "There are many children who came to this country without documentation and we need to allow them the opportunity to remain here lawfully. Coloradans expect Senator Bennet and I to work together and that's exactly what we have done. This legislation addresses DACA and border security, and we are urging members on both sides of the aisle that want a solution to support our bipartisan approach to addressing our flawed immigration system."