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November 22, 2013 at 7:33 AM

Broken immigration system shouldn’t be taken lightly

Student protest against Young Conservatives of Texas "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" game at University of Texas, Austin on Thursday in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Shweta Gulati)

Student protest against Young Conservatives of Texas “Catch an Illegal Immigrant” game at University of Texas, Austin on Thursday in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/The Daily Texan, Shweta Gulati)

Conservatives need to vote on immigration legislation

Our broken immigration system is not a game, and deporting people from this country is not something to be taken lightly [“Conservative students to stage ‘immigrant game,’ Online, Nov. 18].

Deportation rips apart families, costs millions of taxpayer dollars and hurts our economy. The stated purpose of this misguided group was to “spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration.” But if the conservative message is only more detention, more deportations and more money spent on border security, it does not solve the fundamental issue.

We need comprehensive immigration-reform legislation that does more than just arrest, detain and deport. Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives have thus far refused to vote on immigration legislation with a path to citizenship. Similarly, Republicans in Washington state’s Senate have failed to bring our state’s own DREAM Act to a vote, which would enable aspiring citizens to have fair access to state-based financial aid. Hard-working young people in Washington continue to be relegated to the shadows, rather than be allowed to contribute as well-educated workers who could grow our economy.

Will Senate Republicans here in Washington state repeat the failures of their congressional counterparts by denying a vote on the Washington state DREAM Act? Or will they take this golden opportunity to modernize the GOP’s image, separate themselves from these fringe elements and show themselves as an inclusive and reasonable party? It is time for conservatives to stop playing games with people’s lives and start solving real problems.

— Karol Brown, Bellevue

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