Colorado Senate Approves Bipartisan Resolution Calling for Path to Citizenship

A bipartisan majority of state senators in Colorado approved a resolution Wednesday calling on Congress to pass federal immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship. The passage of the resolution, by an overwhelming margin of 33-2, comes after similar resolutions have been introduced in many states in recent weeks, and as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee continues to hold hearings on the comprehensive immigration proposal put forward by a the Senate "Gang of 8" last week.

The language of the Colorado resolution calls for comprehensive reform that will "provide a fair, equitable, and realistic mechanism for aspiring citizens who have grown up in this country to become citizens and be able to fully contribute to our joint future."

“It is important that we come together, Democrats and Republicans, to urge Congress to address one of the biggest issues facing our country today,” said State Senator Irene Aguilar, a sponsor of the resolution, in a statement. “We need reform that is fair and humane, provides a roadmap to citizenship, strengthens our national security, protects American workers, and helps our economy thrive." The resolution now moves on to the Colorado House, where it is expected to pass.

Colorado has recently been cited as a state where sweeping demographic changes are quickly altering the political landscape — a fact which has already been made clear this session. Earlier this year, Colorado's legislature approved a bill ensuring tuition equity for undocumented immigrant students, which is set to be signed into law by Gov. John Hickenlooper next week. And the Colorado Senate also debated a bill today that would allow undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses.

Colorado is one of at least 16 states where similar pro-reform resolutions have been introduced in recent weeks. Bipartisan and in some cases unanimous majorities of legislative chambers have passed resolutions calling for comprehensive reform this year in states including Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, and most recently California