POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT

Where the Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate stand on key Colorado issues ahead of primary

Rivals John Hickenlooper and Andrew Romanoff are offering distinct choices for voters ahead of the June 30 election

 

Q: IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT


 

Q:

What changes do you support at the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency and should state and local law enforcement cooperate with federal immigration authorities?

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.

 

 

The Candidates


Click a candidate to see where they stand.


 

John Hickenlooper

John Hickenlooper

Former Colorado governor and Denver mayor   

Andrew Romanoff

Andrew Romanoff

Former state House speaker and director Mental Health Colorado