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FILE - In this April 4, 2017, file photo, the Capitol is seen at dawn in Washington. Bipartisan bargainers are making progress toward a budget deal to prevent a partial federal shutdown this weekend, a major hurdle overcome when President Donald Trump signaled he would put off his demand that the measure include money to build his border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Republican negotiators were following the lead of Trump, who signaled Monday evening that he would not insist on $1 billion worth of wall funding now as an addition to the $1 trillion-plus spending bill. Trump told a gathering of conservative media reporters that he might be willing to wait until September for the funding


In this Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 photo, Nancy Villa stands in front of Harold Washington College in Chicago. Villa was brought to the U.S. illegally from Mexico while a child. She has a work permit through a 2012 federal program started under Obama's administration and works at a Chicago child care center and attends college. She and three siblings have DACA, while two siblings are U.S. citizens. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

“It’s so important to recognize that young people who were brought here as children, who grew up here, went to school here, and who often know of no other country, be allowed to legally remain in the U.S.,” Coffman said in a statement. “Let’s give them a chance to achieve the American dream through work, education or military service, and to help us together build a stronger America.”


Many of these immigrants who are threatened with deportation are fully integrated into our communities. There are over half of a million immigrant residents in Colorado — they work, pay taxes and spend their money here. Not only would the cost of mass deportations result in an astronomical amount of taxpayers’ dollars lost, but our local economies would suffer from the loss these immigrant contributions in terms of labor, local spending and tax dollars


Abdul Alkekhai sits with his son, Zean Alkekhai, as he shares his experiences and fears as a Syrian refugee on Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014 at The Mango House.
Photo by McKenzie Lange/Aurora Sentinel

‘It’s been really heartbreaking to look in the eyes of our community members when they say ‘My 18-year-old son was supposed to come in one week … is that really not happening?” said Jill Fricker, executive director of the Colorado African Organization. ‘And our response is, ‘The way we understand it, that is not happening.”