Colorado Gov. Jared Polis sent a letter to congressional leadership on Wednesday calling on them to provide “a pathway to earn citizenship” for immigrants who may have entered the country illegally.
“By paving a sustainable pathway to citizenship, our nation can give our immigrant community members the peace of mind they deserve while also powering Colorado and our entire country’s comeback from the pandemic,” the letter reads in part.
The governor’s letter comes after reports that Democrats are considering including immigration reform in their budget plan.
According to a study by the New American Economy, a bipartisan research center, immigrant households shared a disproportionately higher share of essential jobs in Denver during the pandemic.
Despite accounting for 16% of the state’s population, immigrants held 23% of transportation and warehouse jobs, and 23% of food service jobs, the research says. Immigrants also comprise over 30% of business owners in construction and own 21% of