AURORA - At a church in Aurora on Sunday afternoon, Rep. Mike Coffman told a standing-room-only crowd of roughly 800 that he was in favor of legal status for illegal 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 of a personal nature due to 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 illegal immigrants.
Coffman's comments Sunday echo a GOP platform on immigration reform that has shifted in recent weeks following generally low support from Hispanic voters in the 2012 election.
Also present at the public meeting, which took place at 3:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Therese Catholic Church in Aurora, were Rep. Jared Polis and Sen. Michael Bennet. All three legislators were asked whether they supported legislation detailing a path to citizenship that is not contingent on a secure border.
Coffman acknowledged that his stance on the issue is changing. While he supports a path to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, he has not come to a further conclusion.