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November 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

It’s time for Congress to pass a path to citizenship

U.S. Rep. Reichert needs to join Republicans co-sponsoring H.R. 15 immigration bill

President Barack Obama gives a speech on immigration reform at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 25. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

President Barack Obama gives a speech on immigration reform at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 25. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

I’m calling on Congress to pass a path to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, and to vote in favor of reform this year [“Detained legal residents urge hard line on immigration,” NWMonday, Nov. 18].

Millions of immigrants in our country want citizenship. But under our broken immigration laws, they have no way to earn it. I personally know some of these hardworking immigrants, and I think it’s hurting our country to keep them living in the shadows.

We need real solutions and rounding up 11 million people, asking them to self-deport, or creating a permanent noncitizen underclass is inhumane, not to mention completely unrealistic.

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, has been a strong supporter of a path to citizenship. In the past he’s said, “We’ve gotta find a way to build a solution around the 12 million [undocumented immigrants] that are here.”

We need him to put those words into action.

That’s why I hope Rep. Reichert will do the right thing and join the Republicans co-sponsoring H. R. 15, the new immigration bill.

— Jose Cabrera, Wenatchee

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