Gardner throws support behind DREAM Act

Gardner throws support behind DREAM Act

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down MORE (R-Colo.) is throwing his support behind the DREAM Act after President Trump moved Tuesday to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Gardner, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, joined his state's other senator, Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Recession fears climb and markets dive — now what? Hickenlooper expected to end presidential bid on Thursday MORE (D), in co-sponsoring the DREAM Act, which would shield young immigrants from deportation and lay out a path to citizenship.

“Children who came to this country without documentation, through no fault of their own, must have the opportunity to remain here lawfully,” Gardner said in a statement.

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Gardner's backing of the measure came hours after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE announced that the Trump administration would end DACA, a program implemented by former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Forget conventional wisdom — Bernie Sanders is electable 2020 Democrats fight to claim Obama's mantle on health care MORE that offers young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children a temporary reprieve from deportation.

The administration will phase out the program after six months, which it says will give lawmakers time to act on legislation. 

Gardner initially opposed DACA, but changed his position on the matter in 2014 while he was still serving in the House of Representatives. Tuesday marked the first time he has come out in favor of the DREAM Act, according to The Denver Post.

Bennet was the among the Gang of Eight, the bipartisan group of senators that wrote a 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed in the Senate, only to die in the House.

That bill would have shielded young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.