DENVER — Throughout 2017, it was common to see protests throughout Denver. But it is rare to see a protest at a Democrat lawmaker’s office.
But that was the case Monday as several dozen supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program gathered at Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet’s office.
“This is the only home we know,” said Ana Karina Casas, a former Bennet intern.
Protesters want Bennet to withhold his vote on a debt ceiling increase until the Dream Act is passed, potentially shutting down the federal government.
“We are definitely running out of time,” said Gladis Ibarra, a DACA recipient.
After the rally, supporters stormed Bennet’s office, asking for a meeting with him.
That request was denied but staffers did communicate that he supports their cause but just doesn’t believe threatening a shutdown was the right way to proceed.
“Michael shares the concerns of Dreamers and has long been a champion of fixing our broken immigration system,” Bennet spokeswoman Lauri Cipriano said.
“He is a co-sponsor of the Dream Act and believes we absolutely need to pass this legislation immediately. Supporting and protecting Dreamers keeps our families strong, boosts our economy, and strengthens our national security.”
The first DACA recipients are scheduled for self-deportation in early March if Congress does not act.