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May 29, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Immigration reform: We are expelling those who can help the economy

I agree with the opinions presented in “Despite Obama, immigration is still splitting up families” [Local News, May 28]. There needs to be a different approach to handling cases of those in the country illegally.

The harm we bestow on people like Jaime Rubio-Sulficio reflects back on us as well. Beyond the emotional turmoil for the deported, we are expelling those who can stimulate our economy and grow the communities they live in. It can’t be said that all immigrants in the country illegally will have a beneficial impact, but just as we give the benefit of assuming that every american citizen is worthy of living in the United States, we must assume the same of every person until proven otherwise.

The ways of going about this are many. Columnist Danny Westneat gives the idea of paying for amnesty, but I believe this excludes the unlucky majority who only make enough to eat. Multiple metrics should be taken into account, such as community role, family status and career, without the label of illegal immigration being the deciding factor.

Anthony Valente, Federal Way

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