Coffman backtracks on support for “unrealistic” Dream Act

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Rep. Mike Coffman (R).

During a raucous town hall meeting Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) backed off a pledge of support for the Dream Act, which he co-sponsored just last year.

Asked by an audience member if he supports a “clean Dream Act,” which would grant a path to citizenship to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, Coffman hedged, saying “it’s not realistic.”

“You know, it’s not realistic, because the President would never sign it,” he answered. “If I thought it would be signed into law, I would.”

Coffman co-sponsored a bipartisan Dream Act last year, along with 200 other Congressman, and it’s not clear why the Dream Act is any less realistic today than it was last year.

Furthermore, Coffman, whose office does not return calls for comment, has voted numerous times for legislation that had no realistic chance to become law.

For example, when Obama was president, Coffman voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare, even though the chances of Obama signing legislation to repeal Obamacare were extremely low to nonexistent.

As multiple media outlets, including Reuters below, reported last year:

In the past few years, the House has voted more than 60 times to repeal or alter Obamacare, but Republicans had no hope a repeal would become law as long as Obama was president and could veto their bills.

Also while Obama was in office, Coffman voted five times to defund Planned Parenthood. Not only was it unrealistic for Obama to sign a bill with such a provision, but the odds of an anti-Planned Parenthood measure clearing the U.S. Senate at the time were objectively low.

During the Obama presidency, numerous other bills were passed by House Republicans, including Coffman, that had no realistic chance to become law.

Watch Coffman explain why he won’t support the Dream Act at a town hall Feb. 20:

2 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavieDavie says:

    Thomas Friedman of the New York Times easily explains Coffman's reticence in backing a clean DACA bill (hint: the same reason he won't support any common sense gun safety bills, either):

    They know full well that they’re in the grip of an N.R.A. cult, whose heart is so frozen, it’s content to watch innocent children and adults get gunned down weekly — rather than impose common-sense gun limits. They know all of this — but they suppress it, because they also know if they vote for common-sense gun laws, the N.R.A. will fund their next opponent. Like I said, this is just about raw naked power, and that is what sensible gun control advocates have to generate more of now — in the form of votes and campaign funding. Otherwise nothing changes.

    The G.O.P., which claimed to stand for conservative family values, has prostrated itself before the most indecent person to ever occupy the White House — a man who lies as he breathes, smears poor, nonwhite nations and reportedly had sex with a porn star shortly after his wife delivered their son. But G.O.P. lawmakers are mute on this because President Trump energizes their base and ensures their $174,000-a-year jobs and free parking at Reagan National Airport.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    “Mein Drümpfenherr has ze plans for ze hostages.  It’s ze principle!!”

    What a pathetic little man?!?  Stay ze course, mikey.

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