Polis Applauds Pres. Obama’s Action On Immigration Reform

November 21, 2014 5:17 PM

Polis Applauds Pres. Obama’s Action On Immigration Reform
" DENVER (CBS4)- Colorado Democrat Rep. Jared Polis is applauding President Obama’s action on immigration reform calling it “great news for our country.”

Polis spoke with CBS4?s Alan Gionet about Mr. Obama’s Thursday announcement and he said it gives law enforcement time to focus on real criminals.

“What great news for our country, I just wish that Bush or Obama had done this earlier. What this allows is our law enforcement forces to focus on criminals rather than families in this immigration problem,” said Polis.

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Polis said the president’s action does not take the place of what Congress can do.

“Certainly doesn’t solve the whole thing, only Congress can do that in terms of securing the border and enforcing our workplace laws but the President has taken a very important first step in helping to restore the rule of law, benefit our economy and make America safer,” said Polis.

“What he’s doing is called the use of prosecutorial discretion,” said Polis. “There are 10, 11 million people here illegally, we don’t even know. What the president is saying is focus on those who have committed criminal acts "

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