02/14/2013 08:29:00 AM EST
Conservative GOP House Member Now Supports Path to Citizenship
"At a church in Aurora on Sunday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman told a standing-room-only crowd of roughly 800 that he was in favor of legal status for [unauthorized] immigrants and a path to citizenship for their children. Coffman, a Republican who has proposed anti-immigration legislation in the past, said his change in stance was personal because of interaction with various families. Coffman previously has proposed legislation that would force Colorado's ballots to be English-only and supported a bill to strip natural-born citizenship from children of [unauthorized] immigrants. Coffman's comments Sunday echo a GOP platform on immigration reform that has shifted in recent weeks after generally low support from Latino voters in the 2012 election." - Denver Post, Feb. 11, 2013.