Gardner, Coffman, Vote to Maintain Immigration Program

IMMIGRATION SERVICESColorado Republican Representatives Mike Coffman and Cory Gardner both voted Friday to maintain a measure created by President Barack Obama granting work permits to immigrants brought here illegally as kids.  The two Congressmen – both seeking re-election in a state with a large Hispanic population – went against party leadership in the House.  The measure was a companion bill to legislation passed by the House late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings.  The spending bill passed 223-189 late Friday, with only four Republicans voting “no” and one Democrat voting “yes.” The measure ending Obama’s deportation relief program passed 216-192, with Coffman and Gardner joining nine other Republicans in voting “no.” Four Democrats crossed party lines to vote in favor of the bill.