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June 7, 2009 at 6:00 AM

Illegal students

Encourage immigration reform to benefit all

As an immigration attorney since 1975, I have seen many good immigration success stories and numerous situations where immigration laws and policies divide families unfairly and illogically, and are enforced with a noticeable lack of compassion. In this state, the changes in the law that allowed undocumented high-school graduates to go to state colleges and universities were great, positive changes. The federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is the next step for that group of individuals and Kate Riley’s column calls much-needed attention to this issue [“Harvesting a DREAM,” Opinion, June 5].

However, the greater need is the passage of a comprehensive immigration-reform law that will allow persons that have been here for a period of time, who have not had criminal problems and who meet other qualitative requirements to become legal residents, like the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).

Thus, not only the students, but their parents and siblings, can become legal residents and not have to live in fear and uncertainty.

— Antonio Salazar, Seattle

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