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Lamborn, Tipton express support for DACA decision

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Colorado House Rep. Doug Lamborn issued a statement supporting President Trump's decision to end an-Obama era program providing protections for the children of illegal immigrants in the United States.

The program has provided nearly 800,000 young immigrants a reprieve from deportation. The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is  leaving it to Congress to come up with an alternative.

Lamborn's complete statement:

"After eight years of the Obama administration dismantling our immigration laws, I’m encouraged by the President’s commitment to cracking down on illegal immigration, securing our borders, and reversing the unconstitutional DACA program. I have always opposed any type of amnesty and will continue to do so. But I also want to find meaningful solutions to this difficult problem, solutions that uphold the rule of law, protect our country, and ensure fairness in our immigration processes. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate over the next six months to achieve these objectives and fix our broken immigration system."

Rep. Scott Tiption, who represents Pueblo and Walsenburg also said he supports the president's decision, but he wants to develop a "compassionate" solution for children covered under DACA.

His statement:

“President Obama circumvented the Constitution when he unilaterally created the DACA program without going through the legislative process. Today’s announcement by Attorney General Sessions shows this administration’s commitment to the rule of law. While I do not support the unilateral DACA program, I believe Congress must act to develop a compassionate and commonsense solution for the children who were brought to the United States illegally by their parents."

Democratic Senator Michael Bennet called the decision "the height of cruelty" in his statement. 

"Today's announcement is a devastating betrayal for the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have used the security of DACA status to receive an education, pursue careers, and safely put down roots in their communities. This decision is the height of cruelty: It's an attempt to score political points by separating families and disrupting schools and workplaces. The President has revealed his priorities and values; in response, bipartisan leaders in business, education, and local government around the country have spoken up in defense of DACA. Congress must work together to find a legislative solution to protect DREAMers."

Colorado democratic Governor John Hickenlooper echoed that sentiment in his statement, which read:

"Colorado has always been a place where people can determine their destiny. The DACA program provides thousands of young people the opportunity to do just that. President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program unnecessarily jeopardizes the futures of more than 17,000 Coloradans. We strongly encourage Colorado’s congressional delegation to support the passage of the Dream Act, ensuring that Dreamers can continue making contributions to the only country they’ve ever called home. We will not turn our back on these young people and neither should our country."

Former President Obama also criticized President Trump's decision in a statement, calling it "cruel" and "self-defeating". The former president did not mention Trump by name.

Obama said it's up to members of Congress to act and he joins his voice with the majority of Americans who hopes Congress will step up.

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