Two cities in the Denver metro area are taking contrasting approaches to supporting the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, which is set to end in six months if Congress doesn’t act on a permanent fix.
Aurora and Longmont were both presented with resolutions this week that asked council members to support the program that offers some protections to young immigrants that were illegally brought to the U.S. as children. But only one went through with a vote on the symbolic measures.
Monday night Aurora City Council had the chance to vote on a resolution that would have supported the continuation of DACA and U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s Bar Removal of Individuals Who Dream And Grow Our Economy Act, but instead decided to move it to the city’s Management and Finance Committee for “further development,” according to a report by the Aurora Sentinel.
Councilwoman Sally Mounier, who represents one of the most diverse wards of Aurora, said she wanted a resolution that encompassed immigration as a whole, not just DACA. But drafter of the resolution Councilman Charlie Richardson said that the measure was simple and asked whether those wanting to move the resolution were really supporting deportation efforts.
In a 6-3 vote, the resolution was moved to committee. Richardson alleged that it was a move made to sidestep an official stance on the issue for those who are up for re-election this November.
It’s unclear when that measure will be back before the full council.
On Tuesday, Longmont City Council took up a similar measure, passing it unanimously.
“We in Longmont have found DACA recipients to be important and well respected members of our community, and many Longmont businesses depend upon them as valued employees,” the resolution said.
The Longmont Times-Call reported there was no discussion on the resolution, but many community members showed up to support the measure.