Immigration Revamp Is ‘Combustible,’ Hickenlooper Says

November 22, 2014 3:23 AM

Immigration Revamp Is ‘Combustible,’ Hickenlooper Says
" DENVER (CBS) - The political fight over President Barack Obama’s immigration plan is playing out in Colorado, too, where Gov. John Hickenlooper called it “very controversial.”

The governor said the issue is “combustible” and suggested citizenship isn’t a priority.

“What I was suggesting was let’s maybe wait two or three years before we get into a discussion about the pathway to citizenship. That seems to be the block. But let’s go ahead with securing the border, getting an ID system,” Hickenlooper said.

On Thursday, Obama announced in a presidential address a plan that would allow approximately 5 million illegal immigrants living in the United States to stay, if they met certain requirements like having children who live in the country legally. About 64,000 in Colorado will be affected.

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Colorado’s attorney general, John Suthers, is reviewing whether he has legal standing in immigration matters, while other states’ attorneys general threaten lawsuits "

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