In the summer of 2017, more people had claimed Sanctuary in Colorado than any other state. That fall, four of us, Araceli, Ingrid, Rosa and Sandra, began to support one another across the miles. As we gathered our communities together, we identified a hunger to name the concrete steps elected officials can take now to Create a path to Status. The Sanctuary Four began consulting with lawyers, immigrant and faith communities to pull together simple, direct steps at the federal and state level to keep Colorado whole and strong. The People’s Resolution is the result of five months of work and study.
We know a majority of fellow Coloradans, regardless of political party, support creating a path and revamping our immigration system to be just, efficient and transparent. We invite Coloradans to walk with us to Create a Path. Endorse the Resolution and commit to action. Learn more and join us in engaging your local elected officials, businesses and faith communities.
The Resolution calls on the Colorado delegation, the Colorado legislature and the Governor to take steps now. Our families and communities will not wait.
We know Congress can create an immigration system that values the tapestry of our communities, the unity of our families and our humanity by creating a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented people.
As steps toward this goal, we call on Congress to:
➢ Create a path for all Temporary Protected Status holders to legal permanent residency and beyond
➢ Maintain our commitment to human rights by protecting asylum seekers
➢ Restore paths to legal permanent residency for parents of U.S. citizen children by repealing IIRIRA
➢ Restore paths to citizenship by giving back to judges the discretion to consider personal character by repealing IIRIRA
➢ Create a transparent and timely path, fulfilling our promise to families, by eliminating quotas that mean decades of waiting for millions of parents and their children.
We know our Colorado legislature and Governor can shield Coloradans from the most harmful impacts of our immigration policies and:
➢ Uphold our constitution and require Immigration and Customs Enforcement to show a judicial warrant in Colorado before receiving information about or detaining people
➢ Provide a path for all Coloradans to participate in stronger communities and ensure equal access to the justice system, meant to serve all Colorado residents, by creating a bright line between law enforcement and ICE, including between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and probation.
➢ Safeguard Coloradans against IIRIRA’s devastating double jeopardy and deportation impacts through public advocacy and pardons