(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
Conservative talk-radio hosts agreed to disagree with State Sen. Greg Brohpy last week on his support of a new Colorado law offering undocumented students, who were brought to our country illegally, in-state tuition.
Asked to explain the evolution of his thinking on the topic (from for it to against it), Brophy said in part:
There is a real problem that some kids in the state of Colorado are locked into permanent impoverishment when there is a better path for them. So, you know the kids down here in Kersey, for instance, a kid named Everado who was the valedictorian of his class and a great football player and baseball player, had a scholarship to go to college but couldn’t get in-state tuition. He is now milking cows instead of going to college.
Nicely put, but why won't this kid be able to stop milking cows and go to college, now that the ASSET law has been passed? KFKA co-hosts Devon Lentz and Tom Lucero didn't ask. Maybe Brophy himself can help this kid, and differentiate himself further from fellow gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo?
But the AM Radio Colorado Show hosts were apparently too upset about Brophy's support for ASSET to sympathize with Everado. Instead, they pushed on, asking Brophy where he stands on the immigration bill passed by the U.S. Senate but being held up by the Republican-controlled House.
BROPHY: I would oppose that bill. I would say, you know, first and foremost, secure the borders. Make sure that we stop, as much as possible, the inflow of people coming into the country illegally. And then second, and almost immediately, put in place a two-track visa system where people that want to come here to become Americans have a path to do that, that they can actually see, that takes away the incentive to cheat. And another path – a visa path – that let’s people come to this country to work. And again, it’s a relatively easy path to see, to take away the incentive of coming here illegally. I look at this like a problem to solve, a little bit like a police chief in a small town. If you’re having a lot of trouble with kids late at night, you enforce the curfew. The kids that are inclined to not cause problems, will be at home. The ones that are going to be problematic, there won’t be nearly as many of them for you to watch. So, if you have a visa system that actually works, that allows people a pretty clear path to get here, to become an American or to get here to work, then you don’t have to watch so many people trying to sneak in to the country illegally. That solves that problem, and I would be pushing for that as governor. I think that’s a—you know, that’s an American way of doing things. We want people to come here.
Lentz and Lucero should have someone on the show to defend the immigration bill, since Brohpy won't do so.