Gardner Receives “Courage to Lead” Immigration Award

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) received the National Immigration Forum’s Courage to Lead award today at the organization’s annual Leading the Way event. According to the National immigration Forum, the Courage to Lead award recognizes one Democrat and one Republican who work across the aisle to advance constructive, bipartisan immigration solutions.

Senator Gardner’s panel discussion with Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) can be viewed here.

Courage to Lead Award

“I was honored to receive the ‘Courage to Lead’ award alongside my colleague Senator Dick Durbin for our bipartisan leadership to fix our broken immigration system. We came six votes shy of passing immigration reform a few years ago, and I work every day to secure those votes,” said Senator Gardner. “There is much more work to be done, and that includes finding a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers, 17,000 of whom live in Colorado – but I remain hopeful. I thank the National Immigration Forum for bringing together a diverse group of immigrants, business leaders, the faith community, law enforcement, and more to work across party lines to find a long-term immigration solution.”

“Today’s convening brought together a broad range of perspectives united around a common vision for America — one that transcends geographic and political boundaries to advance immigration solutions that benefit all Americans,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “At a time when immigration seems like an increasingly divisive issue, Leading the Way is a reminder that the majority of Americans can agree on practical, compassionate immigration solutions that help all Americans prosper.”     

Founded in 1982, the National Immigration Forum advocates for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation. The Forum’s unique ability to work across the political spectrum, engaging both public and private sectors at local and national levels, has made it a leading voice in the national debate over immigration.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.