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Intermountain Jewish News Editorial: A logical, thoughtful start to immigration reform


Last Sunday, during a press conference to announce the immigration reform initiative called the Colorado Compact, American Jewish Committee President Donald Yale described AJC’s role in drafting and gathering support for the compact as an effort “to foster a more rational and collaborative approach to permanently repair our nation’s broken immigration system.”
There were several key words in Yale’s quote.
“Rational” and “collaborative” are two of them.
We assume he meant rational in the sense of a reasoned, non-ideological, non-emotional and non-rhetorical approach to

Intermountain Jewish News: AJC lauds ‘Colorado Compact’ immigration initiative


For the past two years, the Colorado regional office of the American Jewish Committee brought together an ideologically diverse group of state leaders from the business, agriculture, law enforcement, academic, political and faith communities to develop a consensus-based declaration of principles on comprehensive immigration reform, based on humanitarian and free-market values.
During a press conference Dec. 9 at DU, hosted  by Sen. Michael Bennet (D) and former Sen. Hank Brown (R), this declaration of principles embodied in the “Colorado Compact” was unveiled.
To underscore the

America's Voice: Sen. Michael Bennet’s Colorado Compact A Sign that Republicans, Democrats Are Coming to Table With Real Immigration Proposals


By Patty Kupfer
The momentum for winning immigration reform in 2013 seems to be growing every day. Yesterday, Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced he was “more optimistic today” about passing significant reform than before the election.
And he should know. Not only is Sen. Bennet a member of the bipartisan Gang of 8 Senators who are crafting a legislative proposal for immigration reform, but he also led a recently launched bipartisan set of principles from leaders in Colorado.
This new effort, the Colorado Compact, boasts the broadest possible support for reform across the

The Hill: Sen. Bennet 'more optimistic today' about passing bipartisan immigration reform


By Daniel Strauss
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) said he's more optimistic about passing bipartisan immigration reform legislation now than he was before the 2012 election.
"I am optimistic," Bennet, the incoming chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Wednesday. "Much more optimistic today than I was before this election that this Congress can legislate in a bipartisan way and pass significant immigration reform."
Bennet's comments came during a conference call touting the Colorado Compact, an effort to encourage bipartisan immigration reform.

National Journal: Bipartisan Group Calls for Civil Conversation on Immigration Reform

By Fawn Johnson


A bipartisan group of senators putting together principles for an immigration fix want their talks to emulate the rational adult functionality in the states, even though such behavior seems to elude Congress.
“This does not have to be a screaming match,” said Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., one of the eight. The other members of the Senate gang are Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,Robert Menendez, D-N.J., John McCain, R-Ariz., Lindsey Graham, R-.S.C., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Senator-elect Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
Bennet has the perfect example to call

Salt Lake Tribune: Colorado becomes fourth state with immigration compact

By David Montero

Colorado is the latest state to release a compact with guiding principles on immigration reform — closely following Utah’s lead and offering another step toward pushing Congress toward a comprehensive approach to the issue.
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said during a conference call Tuesday that the compact was charting a new path on immigration reform and away from harsh rhetoric that many Republicans blame for election losses — including Mitt Romney’s defeat at the hands of President Barack Obama.
Key to that win was the Latino vote, more than 70 percent of which

9 NEWS: Leaders unite for immigration reform

DENVER- It doesn't seem like politicians agree on much politically these days, but on the campus of DU Sunday afternoon, there was an exception. Politicians from across the aisle and community members from various backgrounds agreed that the immigration system in the United States isn't working. Unites States Senator Michael Bennet and former Republican Senator Hank Brown worked for the last 18 months to create The Colorado Compact. It's an effort designed to start the conversation about immigration on the state level that will eventually result in federal legislation.

Both senators say the

CBS 4 Denver: Colorado Leaders Sign ‘Colorado Compact’ For Immigration Reform

A group of Colorado leaders got together Sunday to support an immigration reform compact. It’s been a year in the making and on Sunday the Colorado Compact was unveiled. Supporters hope the reform will grant legal status to foreign workers and undocumented immigrants on a federal level.

Sen. Michael Bennet spearheaded the effort.

“Each of you here today and every single person and organization and business that has signed the Colorado Compact has done so because we know that the status quo is not working and is in obvious need of repair,” Bennet said.

Compact signers say even though the

Westword: Michael Bennet's role in Colorado Compact on immigration caps senator's big week

When John Hickenlooper addressed the Democratic National Convention in early September, he emphasized how Coloradans could overcome party differences to collaborate -- unlike Congress. And Coloradans offered an impressive display of collaboration yesterday, when former Senator Hank Brown, a Republican, and Senator Michael Bennet, a Democrat, unveiled the Colorado Compact on immigration -- capping a big week for Bennet.

More than eighty individuals and organizations have signed on to the Colorado Compact, ranging from liberal to conservative groups, elected Democratic officials to elected

Greeley Tribune: DA Buck joins bipartisan group calling for open discussion of immigration reform

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and Weld District Attorney Ken Buck were among a diverse collection of Colorado individuals and organizations that on Sunday revealed an effort to get the ball rolling on bipartisan discussions of immigration reform. Bennet and Buck, political rivals in a heated 2010 race for U.S. Senate, announced they have joined more than 100 influential individuals and organizations in signing the Colorado Compact.

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