For Immediate Release
Sept. 4, 2017

Mike Johnston Issues Statement on Potential DACA Order

Mike Johnston, Democratic candidate for Colorado governor, issued the following statement today on reports of President Trump’s proposed action ending DACA:

“If reports are correct, the president will soon issue a challenge to all compassionate Americans. If he does, we will have six months to make a choice about our values, and who we are as Coloradans.  But Mr. President, you should know that we have already made our choice. We will not stand idly by while 17,000 of our students, our co-workers, and our neighbors are ripped from their homes and sent to places they have never known. As governor, I will not allow state resources to be used to help implement any scheme that would tear families apart. Our state patrol will not help transport DREAMERS, our Department of Corrections will not incarcerate them for ICE, our schools will not report them, and we will never abandon them. Colorado will not be the hands that implement the wishes of your cold heart.

If President Trump does set an end date for DACA, there will be much to do. For now, all compassionate Coloradans must stand ready to take up the president’s challenge by calling, writing and visiting our Colorado members of Congress to deliver a simple message: Protect the dream and protect the DREAMERS. We will stand for nothing less.”

Johnston, a former state senator who sponsored Colorado’s Dream Act helping undocumented Colorado high school graduates seeking a college education, will host a Spanish-language town hall on DACA and other issues of interest to the immigrant community, this Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Montview Math and Health Sciences Elementary School, 2055 Moline St. in Aurora. The event will be open to the press and public.

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