As Obama Readies To Leave Office, Coloradans In Congress Have Wish Lists

Many in Congress are urging President Obama to act in a number of areas before he leaves office. That includes Colorado’s congressional delegation, some of whom want the president to take executive action on one his major immigration programs.

Colorado’s House Democrats – Diana DeGette, Jared Polis and Ed Perlmutter – want Obama to protect the private data of undocumented immigrants in the DACA program, which protects immigrants who came to the country illegally as children. The idea is to shield those in the program from the threat of deportation.

Those who enrolled in DACA had to submit fingerprints and went through background checks. Democrats worry the incoming Trump Administration will use that data for other purposes.

As for Republicans, it’s more about what they don’t want Obama to do. Sen. Cory Gardner got 22 of his colleagues to sign a letter asking the president not to issue any new government regulations at all before his term is up. And Rep. Mike Coffman is urging Obama not to pardon Army Lt. Bowe Begdahl, who faces military charges for leaving his post while on duty in Afghanistan.