U.S. Representative Jared Polis

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  • Polis: It’s past time for Congress to do its job and vote on a bill to protect Dreamers
    Posted in Press Releases on May 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., signed a “discharge petition” alongside 213 other Members of Congress to require an immediate vote on legislation to protect Dreamers. “The situation is dire. It is not hypothetical - 16,000 young people in Colorado and 700,000 nationwide are hanging in the grey zone with the possibility of being deported from the only country they know as home,” said Polis. “On both sides of the aisle, there are Members of Congress who want to protect Dreamers. Let’s get it done. It’s... Read more

  • Polis leads over 60 members of Congress demanding that DACA applications and renewals be processed swiftly
    Posted in Press Releases on March 9, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., is leading over 60 members of Congress in demanding that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) process initial requests for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that were filed prior to the Sept. 2017 termination - as well as all renewals filed since that date - as expeditiously as possible. Federal courts have recently stated that DHS must continue to process DACA renewal requests, but the timing of... Read more

  • Polis: The State of Union is strong because of the people who have defended progress tooth and nail [photos included]
    Posted in Press Releases on January 30, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after the State of Union tonight: "Over the past year, we have witnessed President Trump attempt to roll back progress with his destructive actions. But we have also witnessed people across America - like Anarely and so many others - proudly stand up and defend progress. The people - who have defended progress tooth and nail - are why we can say the state of the union is strong,” said Polis. “Ever the optimist, I am hopeful that Congress ca... Read more

  • Polis champions bipartisan compromise for dreamers
    Posted in Press Releases on January 16, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., sponsored the Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act today, alongside dozens of other members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats. The USA Act, heralded as the bipartisan compromise for dreamers, moves forward the principles behind the Dream Act, providing a mechanism for young dreamers to attain legal residency for up to eight years. “The situation for dreamers is desperate and urgent, and requires Congress to set aside political games and collaborate now. From the... Read more

  • Polis statement on Melecio Andazola-Morales case
    Posted in Press Releases on October 16, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, offered a statement of support for Melecio Andazola-Morales, a constituent, today. On Thursday, October 12, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained Andazola-Morales while he was attending an interview to seek lawful permanent residency. ICE is holding him in detention in Aurora. “Another productive member of our community - a dedicated employee and a father of four U.S. citizen children – was detained aggressively, and torn from his family as the late... Read more

  • Polis calls on President Trump to extend DACA renewal deadline
    Posted in Press Releases on October 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., again called on President Trump to extend the arbitrary renewal deadline for 154,000 eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, which includes an estimated 2,500 – 4,000 Coloradans. “Today I am asking the president to show compassion and extend the renewal deadline. Please give eligible DACA recipients a fair opportunity to complete their paperwork,” said Polis. “This isn’t just politics, it’s the lives of approximately 700,000 aspiring American... Read more

  • Polis statement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
    Posted in Press Releases on September 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., gave the following statement after news that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “Today I am outraged that more than 17,000 Coloradans, who I consider my fellow Americans, got the news that their lives have dramatically altered by a callous and short-sighted decision of our president. By ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, President Trump has cast nearly one million aspiring American... Read more

  • Polis, Torres, Jayapal, Cárdenas, officially launch the Saved by American Immigrants National Taskforce (SAINT)
    Posted in Press Releases on April 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    Washington: Today, Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., along with Norma Torres, D-Calif., Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., announced the start of the Saved by American Immigrants National Taskforce (SAINT). The taskforce will collect and share stories of documented and undocumented immigrants who have positively contributed to U.S. society through heroic or lifesaving acts. The official launch of SAINT comes on the same day that the Trump administration announced the opening of the ... Read more

  • HuffPost Op-Ed: Do you know a SAINT?
    Posted in Op-Eds on April 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration

    I am heartbroken that President Trump is opening an office today to promote fear, while demonizing and criminalizing immigrant communities. His Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office will spew propaganda and ‘alternative facts’ by highlighting crimes committed by immigrants, as opposed to equally harmful crimes committed by U.S. citizens. It is a wasteful use of taxpayer resources that will manipulate law enforcement data in an attempt to play on fears and anxieties. That is why... Read more

  • Polis introduces bill that requires warrants to search Americans’ digital devices at the border
    Posted in Press Releases on April 4, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration, Science & Technology

    Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. -- along with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas -- introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act, a bill to ensure Americans are not forced to endure indiscriminate and suspicionless searches of their phones, laptops and other digital devices just to cross the border. The bipartisan, bicameral bill shuts down a legal “Bermuda Triangle” that currently allows law enforcement agencies to search Americans’ phone... Read more

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