Gov. Jared Polis is vowing to fight for thousands of immigrants who live and work in Colorado as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could end an Obama-era program allowing them to do so.
Polis told reporters in a conference call Thursday that ending the seven-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA, would devastate Colorado’s economy and communities.
"We will certainly do everything we can legally under state law and on the political front, I will also be urging our Republican and Democratic members of congress to provide relief,” Polis said.
The court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the Trump administration can abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S. free from the threat of deportation.
Polis, a Democrat, says his administration would ensure there is legal aid for so-called DACA recipients if the high court decides next summer the administration can terminate the program.
About 15-thousand young adults in Colorado are enrolled in DACA, which shields them deportation and allows them to work. Program participants were brought illegally to the U.S. as children. Polis also said the deportation of dreamers would have a negative ripple effect on the state’s economy, tax revenue and social fabric. A ruling on the case is expected next spring.