Background: The death of George Floyd ignited conversation about racism in America and in the campaign, forcing the candidates to draft plans for how to address inequities and structural barriers for people of color.
Equity for all
A: Hickenlooper released an “equity for all” plan that calls for improving access to health care for people of color, as well as investing in education; supporting entrepreneurs of color; addressing police brutality; and reforming Colorado’s criminal justice system. He said he would support the Health Equity and Accountability Act to address the health of minority populations. He also supports reparations for African-Americans.
A: Romanoff released a plan to address systemic racism by creating an equitable justice system that calls for strengthening the enforcement of federal civil rights laws. He also released a detailed proposal to increase police accountability that includes the elimination of racial profiling. He supports reducing funding for police departments and diverting the money to other community programs. He also supports reparations for African-Americans and indigenous people.
Background: The aggressive efforts of the federal immigration agency known as ICE is prompting states like Colorado to explore limits on their authority. Federal authorities say such moves amount to sanctuary policies.
Wants to reform ICE
A: As governor, Hickenlooper signed legislation granting in-state tuition to people in the DACA program and grant driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally. He was vocal about opposing Trump’s decision to end DACA. Moving forward, he supports dramatic reforms to ICE and a delay in deportations and detainments amid the coronavirus.
Wants to abolish ICE
A: He supports abolishing ICE and wants to protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. As Colorado House speaker, he supported a bill at the state level that cracked down on immigrants in the country illegally -- as a way to avoid a harsher ballot measure -- but said he now regrets making that political compromise.