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December 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Immigration’s positive effects

Immigrants play a vital role in our economy

Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

I really appreciated Jan Vilcek’s guest column on immigration reform [“Reform immigration to fuel innovation,” Opinion, Nov. 30].

Because immigration reform has been in the news for so long, it was great to be reminded of the positive effects that immigrants have, especially for the economy. Not only are many innovative immigrants denied entry to the United States, but many immigrants play a vital role in agricultural industries.

A path to citizenship, as proposed in the bill that is currently before the House, or some other work visa would help to protect the rights of these workers who play such a vital role in our economy.

— Liam Kelly, Seattle

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