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Category: Immigration
November 28, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Immigrants have been improving U.S. society for some time

Carlos Estrada Alamo’s guest column inspired by President Obama’s immigration reform actions [“My journey from an undocumented immigrant to Harvard Medical School,” Opinion, Nov. 27] articulately demonstrates the value that immigrants can bring to our society. At any given time, the legal status of an immigrant in the U.S. is not principally determined by…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Anthony Claiborne, Carlos Estrada Alamo, immigration

November 28, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Immigration: Stop brain drain

President Obama’s immigration reform proposal highlighted the dark underbelly of immigration policy [“Obama takes on hecklers over immigration policy,” Nation & World, Nov. 26]. People on both sides of the debate seem to agree with his suggestion that we should facilitate the immigration of highly skilled individuals. Statistics show that the majority of these…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: brain drain, Dick Schwartz, H-1B visa

November 24, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Immigration: Republicans aren’t remembering past executive orders

According to syndicated columnist David Brooks, Obama’s use of executive power to alter existing immigration law is a “calculated insult” to Republicans [“Obama has become more partisan after the election,” Opinion, Nov. 18]. Brooks, however,  seems to forget that both Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush used their executive powers to extend amnesty to family…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: David Brooks, executive orders, Gary Nelson

November 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM

Immigration: Obama is being hypocritical

Leading up to the election in 2008, President Obama campaigned on a promise that immigration reform would be at the top of his agenda if elected [“Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders,” Nation & World, Nov. 20]. During the first two years of his administration no immigration reform bills were suggested, much…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: immigration, Mark Stratton, President Obama

October 30, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Immigration crisis: The role of the U.S. in damaging Central American countries

Made in Honduras with our aid”  by columnist Jerry Large [Local News, Oct. 26] speaks truth I devoutly hope those in power will hear and heed. U.S. policies through NAFTA and long before have aggressively and militarily demanded profits and privileges depriving residents of Central America of resources and rights. Injustice harms the perpetrator…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Honduras, immigration, Mary Margaret Pruitt

August 14, 2014 at 6:08 AM

Immigration: Time to repay debt for generational policy failures

Thanks for publishing Kay Hubbard’s guest column on the history of U.S. policies and their contribution to the present influx of thousands of children seeking refuge from the violence of their home countries [“How U.S. foreign policy in Central America created the child border crisis,” Opinion, Aug. 12].  We owe these children safety, not only…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: foreign policy, immigration, Mexico

August 6, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Immigration: We should be looking in the U.S. to fill high-tech jobs

I was deeply touched and grateful for former Gov. Dan Evan’s eloquent summary of our humane immigration policies of the recent past, and his courageous call for similar assistance to victims of the current crisis [“This is not America’s first immigration crisis,” Opinion, Aug. 2]. Against this backdrop, I find it especially jarring…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Gov. Dan Evan, immigration, Marilyn Bentz

July 25, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Children crossing the border: Show some compassion

My deep gratitude for The Seattle Times’ excellent coverage of the heartbreaking events happening along our southern border, where children are fleeing El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala due to horrific violence and suffering at the hands of powerful drug cartels supplying users in the U.S. with illegal drugs [“269 children from border surge taken in by Northwest states,” Local News, July…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: illegal immigration, immigrant children, Jacqueline Leksen

July 9, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Why is no one talking about the costs of immigrating?

My husband and I read the story about people who became citizens on the Fourth of July with sadness [“Special Fourth in Seattle for nation’s newest citizens,” Local News, July 4]. He came to this country when he was in high school, and has been a permanent resident for more than 30 years. He knows…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: immigration, July 4, Nancy Beaumont

June 15, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Immigration: Beef up security

After reading the column “Immigration cruelties of the ‘compassionate’ sort” by Jay Ambrose [Opinion, June 11], I came away wondering why are we not holding Mexico and the Central American countries responsible for allowing children to travel through their borders and into the U. S.? I was under the assumption that we give those…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Central America, Gilberto Hedges-Blanquez, immigration

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