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WATCH: Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) Speaks on Immigrant Detention and Real Reform

by Jacquelyn Mahendra on 07/16/2009 at 1:45pm

In case you haven’t seen it yet, watch Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) give his one-minute floor speech today on the urgent need to reform our immigrant detention policies and our nation’s currently unjust immigration system.

Rep. Polis is quickly becoming a strong and passionate champion for real, humane, and sensible immigration reform. Watch it:

Polis has recently spoken up against piecemeal immigration enforcement measures and for the Dream ActDreamActivist.org has the full speech up.

Here is the full statement from the Representative from Colorado, courtesy of his office:

 Over the 4th of July weekend, I toured a detention facility in Aurora, Colorado, where I met dozens of law-abiding immigrants.  There are more than thirty thousand immigrants like them throughout the country who find themselves in detention.  Some of these individuals include teenagers, torture survivors and the elderly.  Others are asylum-seekers who asked for protection upon arrival in the United States, only to find themselves locked up for months or years like criminals at taxpayers’ expense.

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