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June 19, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Immigration Reform in the Senate and beyond

Reform should include path to citizenship

An immigration activist holds up a sign on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol during an All In for Citizenship rally April 10, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. [Alex Wong/Getty Images]

An immigration activist holds up a sign on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol during an All In for Citizenship rally April 10, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. [Alex Wong/Getty Images]

We want immigration reform to pass because it will help the economy, keep families together, and we will be following the 14th Amendment. [“Patty Murray makes strong case for immigration reform,” seattletimes.com, June 13.] We think this reform must include a path to citizenship.

What would we do without immigrants? The economy would be weaker because immigrants do the farm work, landscaping work, roofing work, house cleaning and other jobs that many Americans are not willing to do. Immigration reform will help the economy because the country will be gaining a lot of money from the people who apply for citizenship.

We also want immigration reform to be passed because this will help families be together. They need each other, and it is not fair that they are getting deported and separated simply because they immigrated to the United States for a better life. When families get separated, we are abandoning children, many of whom are U.S. citizens, with no protection.

We should pass immigration reform because we will be following the 14th Amendment. If we do not pass immigration reform, we will be violating the 14th Amendment, which says “nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws.” We are denying the immigrant people the equal protection of laws because we don’t let them live here; we are also separating them from their families.

Diana Navarrete, Roberto Gonzalez and Ana Carrillo, students at Odyssey High School, SeaTac

 

Securing borders is the first priority

If a pipe breaks in your home and water starts flooding your kitchen, what is the first thing you do? Do you start mopping and put out fans to dry the floor while the water is still pouring in? Of course not; that would be asinine. You do not try to clean up the mess until you have stopped the leak. [“Border proposal defeated in Senate,” News, June 14.]

The same is true of illegal immigration. We need to first stop the leak and secure the borders. That is where the urgency lies.

After we accomplish that, then we can calmly discuss whether to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants. There is no rush. After all, most of them illegally entered our country years ago, and they are certainly not going anywhere. They love all the benefits they are getting (free K-12 education, driver’s licenses, in-state college tuition, etc.). They can wait patiently while we shut the water off.

Matthew Barry, Issaquah

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