Coffman again opposes Obama’s order deferring deportation of Dreamers

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In interviews aired over the weekend, Fox 31 Denver’s Eli Stokols tried hard to clarify Rep. Mike Coffman’s squirrelly positions on immigration reform, but unfortunately, after you watch the interviews, you’re left scratching your head on key points.

For example, in a surprising admission during Stokols’ Sunday show, #CoPolitics from the Source, Coffman reiterated his opposition to President Obama’s executive order allowing young undocumented immigrants, brought here illegally as children, to defer deportation for at least two years.

“I certainly don’t support it being done by executive order,” Coffman told Stokols, which makes sense because Coffman voted to defund Obama’s order this summer. “I believe it should be done legislatively.”

So you have to assume that, as of now, in the absence of DACA legislation, Coffman believes the dreamers should be deported.

Yet, in a news piece aired last night, Stokols also has video of Coffman saying he supports deferred deportations without saying he doesn’t support them. A young man, who identified himself as a Dreamer, asks Coffman why he voted to defund Obama’s program to defer deportations.

“I thought we had an opportunity to make it permanent,” Coffman told the young man, without saying he opposes Obama’s executive order.

Putting on his immigration happy face, Coffman also told Stokols that he supports granting young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship through “higher education”

This is a significant departure from his previous position, which granted citizenship to Dreamers only through military service.

“I certainly support a path [to citizenship] for some of the young people that do higher education and do military service,” Coffman said.

Stokols tried to understand the heart of Coffman’s broader immigration views when he asked, “When you say a step-by-step path, I’ve heard you use that phrase a lot lately, what does that mean? ”

Coffman replied by saying that he doesn’t like “big-sweeping” bill like Obamacare, and he said he doesn’t support a path to citizenship for adults who “broke the law.” He reiterated his support for work visas with no citizenship path, which would formally create a working underclass in America.

In explaining his immigration shifts, Coffman told Stokols “there needs to be more districts” like his, where competitive elections force politicians not to get stuck in ideological straight jackets, but earlier this year Coffman implied that the judge who okayed Coffman’s district was swayed by his affiliation with the Democratic party–though it turned out the judge wasn’t even a registered Democrat.

“I think it’s made me a better Congressman,” Coffman told Stokols, who still has his work cut out for him to get Coffman to explain the precise positions that him the better Congressman he says he is.

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  1. BlueCatBlueCat says:

    A working underclass with no hope of citizenship is exactly why European immigrant communities have remained so separate and alienated. It's why so many more of their young Muslim men have become Jihadists. It's always been America's strength that you can come here and become fully American with the same rights and the same investment in being American as anyone else. Special status with no path to citizenship is stupid, dangerous and un-American.

  2. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Thank you Eli Stokols for asking the question, "What exactly does [a "step by step path" to citizenship] mean. My own rep, Scott Tipton, says this and "compassionate" whenever he talks about immigration, and it means jack shit, except now, it apparently means maintaining a low-paid labor force which will not get employers in trouble for hiring them. And it means, obviously, "I will say whatever it takes to get elected."

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    No Congressman [Coffman] is better than a bad Congressman [Coffman] . . . 

    . . . which is precisely how this tool will ever become any "better".

  4. DenverMom says:

    Keep talking, Congressman.  You are helping Andrew Romanoff with each interview.

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