Colorado Department of Law - Office of the Attorney General

09/13/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/13/2017 18:33

AG Coffman Statement on Governor Joining Democrat DACA Lawsuit

DENVER- Statement from Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman:

'Governor Hickenlooper has announced his intention to join the current litigation, State of New York, et al. v. Trump, filed in federal court in the Eastern District of New York by a group of Democrat Attorneys General from other states. In Colorado, my office has the independent authority to take legal action on behalf of the State when I believe doing so is in the State's best interest. In this case, I do not. Nor do I support the legal arguments in the Democrats' lawsuit.

No court ruling will provide a lasting solution to the significant policy and people issues surrounding DACA. This debate belongs in Congress where the public can have input, and must result in a clear direction forward for this country and those who wish to call it home.

The Governor also has authority to take legal action, and is exercising that authority to join his party's litigation. I have approved a special assistant attorney general designation for the Governor's Chief Legal Counsel to provide representation to the Governor on this matter.'

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