At a time when we desperately require pragmatic and steady courage within our Congress, extremism often finds a way to blot out any movement toward bipartisanship [“Immigration reform: More than an issue of illegal immigration,” Northwest Voices, Jan. 16].
Despite this fact, I believe we are fortunate to have a moral and social issue at hand that can break our brinkmanship and hostility: immigration reform. To date, millions of undocumented immigrants now make up the developing face of the population. As a community, such immigrants make up a diligent and potentially educated workforce that possess the promise of expanding our nation’s cultural dynamic, while also kick-starting the tenuous economy. Immigrant workers, both documented and undocumented, possess the potential, energy and courage to create new businesses and innovations that will benefit all Americans.
Instead of acting upon anxiety as a reaction to the demographic change of the country, we can meet our new brothers and sisters seeking citizenship with deep compassion and friendship. If we can recognize that our journeys are inherently interconnected — financially, psychologically, and even physically — and build a stronger sense of community through our shared experience, we will inevitably be better off and healthier as a nation for it.
Noah Dorson, Seattle