Rep. Jared Polis: May Be More People In U.S. Illegally Than Legally Someday

| by Michael Allen
Rep. Jared Polis.Rep. Jared Polis.

Democrat Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado went on the House floor on May 19 to warn Republican lawmakers there may be more undocumented immigrants than legal residents in the U.S. someday because of the GOP's inaction on immigration.

Polis began by praising President Barack Obama's expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the launch of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program.

President Obama issued executive orders in November 2014 for both immigration programs, but they were temporarily blocked by a federal judge in February 2015, noted Los Angeles Times.

If DAPA had not been blocked it would have begun on May 19 and allowed millions of undocumented parents of American citizens or legally permanent residents to begin the legal processes to stop their deportations and work in the U.S.

NBC News reported that immigrants and activists protested on May 19 against the temporary court injunction.

During his speech on May 19, Polis said he hoped the programs would be "unclogged by the courts" and issued a warning to Republicans:

"If Congress continues to bring up three bills every week and if none of them are about border security and none of them are about immigration, do you know what? Instead of there being 10 million people here illegally, there are going to be 15 or 20 million here 10 years. That is exactly where this Republican Congress is leading us — towards an America where, someday, there might be more people here illegally than there are here legally. Think about that, Mr. Speaker."

Sources: CNS News, NBC News, Los Angeles Times
Image Credit: Office of Congressman Jared Polis