The Colorado Compact on Immigration

 

The Colorado Compact is an effort to convene and promote a reasonable conversation on immigration in Colorado that could lead to real and lasting federal reform. The Compact brings together leaders and community members of diverse backgrounds and politics who are committed to fostering a more rational and collaborative approach to immigration policy than exists today. We believe that the growing consequences of a broken immigration system must be addressed in a bipartisan effort that considers the principles outlined in this compact.

FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY

Immigration policy is a federal issue between the U.S. government and other countries. We urge the Colorado congressional delegation to work to enact immigration policy at the federal level that improves our immigration system, keeps our communities safe, and protects our borders.
 

STRENGTHENING OUR ECONOMY

Colorado is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. Our immigration system must be flexible enough to address the needs of businesses while protecting the interests of workers. This includes a visa system that is both responsive and effective at meeting the demands of our economy. It should also acknowledge the beneficial economic contributions immigrants make as workers, taxpayers, and consumers.
 

ENSURING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY

We believe that maintaining the safety and security of the United States is an utmost priority. Our immigration system must ensure the protection of our communities and national borders.
 

FAMILY

Strong families are critical to developing successful individuals and cohesive communities. Our immigration policies, where possible, should prioritize keeping close families together in order to ensure the most supportive home environments for all children across our state.
 

EFFECTIVE ENFORCEMENT

We support a law enforcement strategy that focuses on public safety, targets serious crime, and safeguards witnesses and victims. We further urge a reasonable and predictable regulatory environment that considers the interests of, and unintended consequences to businesses, workers, and consumers. Furthermore, the broader reform effort should eventually include a way to accurately, reliably, and affordably determine who is permitted to work, ensuring an adequate labor force for a growing economy.
 

A COMMONSENSE APPROACH

Immigrants are part of our communities across Colorado. We must adopt a commonsense approach to this reality that reflects our values and recognizes the critical role immigration has played in our nation's history and economy. Our immigration policies must provide a sensible path forward for immigrants who are here without legal status, are of good character, pay taxes, and are committed to becoming fully participating members of our society and culture.

Signatories

Action 22


African Leadership Group
 

AILA Colorado Chapter

 

American AgCredit 

 

Asian Chamber of Commerce
 

Aspen Chamber Resort Association
 

Aspen Skiing Company
 

Associated General Contractors Colorado
 

Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado
 

Aurora Chamber of Commerce
 

Boulder Chamber of Commerce
 

CAP Logistics
 

Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
 

Chamber of the Americas
 

Club 20
 

CoBank

 

Colorado Association of Home Builders
 

Colorado Association of Realtors
 

Colorado Association of Wheat Growers
 

Colorado Bankers Association
 

Colorado Business Roundtable
 

Colorado Catholic Conference
 

Colorado Cattlemen’s Association 
 

Colorado Competitive Council (C3)

 

Colorado Contractors Association

 

Colorado Corn Growers
 

Colorado Dairy Farmers
 

Colorado Farm Bureau
 

Colorado Forum
 

Colorado Hospital Association
 

Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association
 

Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
 

Colorado Livestock Association
 

Colorado Mesa University
 

Colorado Mountain College
 

Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association
 

Colorado Potato Administrative Committee
 

Colorado Restaurant Association
 

Colorado School of Mines
 

Colorado Ski Country USA
 

Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
 

Colorado State University
 

Colorado Sugarbeet Growers Association
 

Colorado Technology Association
 

Colorado Wool Growers Association
 

Conservation Legacy 
 

Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
 

Denver Scholarship Foundation 
 

Economic Development Council of Colorado

 

First Bank of Colorado

 

Foundry Group
 

Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce
 

Global Chamber Denver
 

Greeley Chamber of Commerce
 

Hispanic Affairs Project 
 

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver
 

IMA Financial Group, Inc

 

Jacobs
 

K Squared Fund
 

Kerbs Dairy LLC 
 

Leprino Foods Company
 

Manufacturer’s Edge
 

Mesa Park Vineyards 
 

Metro North Chamber of Commerce
 

Metropolitan State University
 

National Onion Association
 

NAVSYS Corporation
 

Newmark Merrill
 

Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance

 

Oakwood Homes

 

“Olathe Sweet” Sweet Corn, Tuxedo Corn Company 
 

Open Shutter Gallery 

 

Petrocco Farms 

 

Pickert Dairy 
 

Pro 15

 

Producers Co-op 

 

Prosono
 

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce
 

Quail Ridge Farms
 

Ranch Foods Direct 
 

Ready Foods

Rochester Hotel 
 

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
 

Sage Hospitality 
 

Sakata Farms 
 

South Metro Chamber of Commerce
 

St. Moritz Lodge 
 

Sunnyside Farms Market & Sunnyside Farms Meats 
 

Talbott Farms/Talbott’s Mountain Gold
 

Tami Graham Presents 
 

The Broadmoor Hotel
 

The Hudson Firm
 

Upstate Colorado

 

Vail Resorts

 

Vail Valley Partnership
 

Western Union
 

Westminster Chamber of Commerce
 

Worley Family Farms 
 

Andrea Avantaggio
Owner, Maria’s Bookshop

 

Kevin Batchelder
Garfield County Commissioner

 

Bruce Benson
President, University of Colorado System

 

Paul Bishop
Owner, Preferred Properties

 

John Brackney 
 

Denise Burgess
President & CEO, Burgess Services LLC 

 

Mario Carrera
 

Linda Childears
President & CEO, Daniels Fund

 

Dr. Rebecca Chopp
Chancellor, University of Denver

 

Tim Dore 
 

Geenine Ellzey
Lucky Quarter Dairy

 

William Erickson
Lucky Quarter Dairy

 

David A. Ervin, PhD
CEO, The Resource Exchange, Inc.

 

Dr. Andy Feinstein
President, University of Northern Colorado

 

J.R. Ford

President, Pagosa Land Company

Joe Garcia
Chancellor, Colorado Community College System

 

Jerry Glick
Managing Partner, Columbia Group LLP

 

Mims Harris
 

Rev. Amanda Henderson
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado

 

Mil Hart 
Regional Leader, Primerica

 

Tom Jankovskty
Garfield County Commissioner

 

Warren Klug 
 

Nick Lillo
Pastor of Leadership Development, Waterstone Church

 

John Martin
Garfield County Commissioner

 

Susan Moore
Owner, La Luna Dairy

 

Paula Ozzello 
 

Gerald Padmore
Partner, Cox, Padmore, Skolnick & Shakarchy LLLP

 

Pastor Del Phillips
Chair, Colorado Black Leadership Coalition 

 

Daniel Ritchie
Trustee, Buell Foundation 

 

Jon Slutsky
Owner, La Luna Dairy

 

Tom Stritikus
Fort Lewis College

 

Corrine Van Dyke
Poudre School District 

 

Michelle Warren
Advocacy Director, Christian Community Development Association 

 

Dr. Mark Young
President, Denver Seminary