December 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM
Reform immigration for those hoping to improve their lives
Ever since the 1800s, millions of people have been migrating to the United States to find their place in the world, to fit in and to improve their lives [“Reform immigration to fuel innovation,” Opinion, Nov. 30].
America has so much to offer individuals, and everyone wants to live here. With all the immigration laws and regulations that are set today, however, this dream of making a life for one’s self in America is suffocated.
No longer are immigrants necessarily welcomed into America. Instead, they are kept out. Bigger fences are built around the borders and stricter regulations are set to keep people out of America.
December 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM
Immigrants play a vital role in our economy
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
December 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM
We need to work together for comprehensive immigration reform
I appreciated your editorial in the paper. After reading it, I immediately called all mentioned Republican politicians: Doc Hastings, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Dave Reichert, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers and advised them to read your editorial and to work together for comprehensive immigration reform [“Get some real work done, Congress,” Opinion, Dec. 3].
I called because when I tried to email U.S. Rep. McMorris Rodgers my efforts were thwarted as I am not in her district.
I recommend that everyone call these delegates and let them know you want action. It’s the least we can do while immigration activists starve themselves on the National Mall to bring attention to this issue.
— Sybil Davis, Burien
November 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM
U.S. Rep. Reichert needs to join Republicans co-sponsoring H.R. 15 immigration bill
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.
November 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Protest stunt at Bellevue only heightened tension
Guest columnists Pramila Jayapal and LeeAnn Hall grossly misrepresented the “GOP’s response to the Bellevue protest” [“Why immigration is a major issue for women,” Opinion, Nov. 16].
In fact, my response was swift and oft-quoted by news sources throughout the state: “We are happy to have dialogue with anyone on the important issue of immigration reform … anyone who wants to talk with me can call to schedule an appointment.”
Instead, the writers claimed the “GOP response” was a tweet from the former state party chair, Kirby Wilbur, who no longer lives in Washington state. Simply put, Wilbur’s tweet was a disgrace. While insulting his political enemies, he also insulted Republicans over an issue where there is common ground on both sides of the aisle.
November 22, 2013 at 7:33 AM
Conservatives need to vote on immigration legislation
Our broken immigration system is not a game, and deporting people from this country is not something to be taken lightly [“Conservative students to stage ‘immigrant game,’ Online, Nov. 18].
Deportation rips apart families, costs millions of taxpayer dollars and hurts our economy. The stated purpose of this misguided group was to “spark a campus-wide discussion about the issue of illegal immigration.” But if the conservative message is only more detention, more deportations and more money spent on border security, it does not solve the fundamental issue.
We need comprehensive immigration-reform legislation that does more than just arrest, detain and deport. Republicans in control of the U.S. House of Representatives have thus far refused to vote on immigration legislation with a path to citizenship. Similarly, Republicans in Washington state’s Senate have failed to bring our state’s own DREAM Act to a vote, which would enable aspiring citizens to have fair access to state-based financial aid. Hard-working young people in Washington continue to be relegated to the shadows, rather than be allowed to contribute as well-educated workers who could grow our economy.
November 20, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Deportation of spouse is a separate issue
The overlooked point in the excellent guest column by Pramila Jayapal and Leeann Hall is written as: “And while the majority of people deported are men, it is the women who must pick up the pieces” [“Why immigration is a major issue for women,” Opinion, Nov. 17].
September 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM
Immigration increases poverty
For clearly good reasons, The Seattle Times has editorialized and covered poverty in this country and region well for many years. [“Column: SNAP and the GOP’s war on the poor,” Opinion, Sept. 24.]
But it somehow misses a significant factor at work: circular poverty, the role immigration policy plays in it. We encourage it in a variety of ways and never recognize that such things as the “war on poverty” advocated by Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s accomplished nothing.
Just after the war on poverty was declared, we passed the 1965 Immigration Act, negating what had preceded it, when fewer immigrants were permitted entry, and most had an education equivalent to that of U.S. citizens. This had previously resulted in rapid assimilation without burdening our welfare system.
Johnson’s legislation was followed by a law that allowed in more of the world’s undereducated poor people. Now many of these immigrants are welfare recipients or those now meeting the poverty definition.
This information is important today, since Congress is debating immigration bill S. 744, which would provide legal status and allow entry to millions of mostly poor immigrants.
Why would Congress want to add millions of people living in poverty to the U.S.?
Richard Pelto, Kenmore
September 11, 2013 at 7:27 AM
Lornet Turnbull’s article on immigrants and health-care reform highlighted the challenges for many natives of the Micronesian islands residing in Washington. [“How will immigrants fare under Obamacare? It’s complicated,” page one, Sept. 5.]
It was a well-done story, shining a light on how history (atomic-bomb testing) relates to today’s health-care realities.
For the past two years, the Children’s Alliance has advocated with families from the Marshall Islands in order to make sure no child in our state goes without the nutritious food they need. This June, lawmakers partially restored a critical source of nutrition: the state Food Assistance Program.
But when a seriously ill, under- or unemployed person is in need of life’s basics, like health care or nutritious food, we shouldn’t check their papers first.
Parents must still feed their hungry children. That’s why we’ll call on lawmakers to fully restore the state Food Assistance Program in the 2014 legislative session.
Jon Gould, deputy director of the Children’s Alliance, Seattle
May 29, 2013 at 7:35 AM
Immigrants are not ‘undocumented’
I read with interest Hugo Balta’s guest column about immigration terminology [“These immigrants are not ‘illegal,’” Opinion, May 21]. So now a person immigrates here and is here illegally, but they’re not an illegal immigrant? They are simply “undocumented” or a “worker.” Now they just have a documentation issue, like they forgot to submit a form or something.
I remember when they were all “illegal aliens” and then “illegal immigrant” became the politically correct term. The label creep continues. Now we can’t even say they’re here illegally, even when it’s true.
I would be illegal if I sneaked into or overstayed in some other country. There’s no “racial slur” about any of it.
I’m all for legal immigration, but don’t tell me that folks who are here illegally are just “undocumented.” That’s rarely, if ever, the whole truth. It’s not intellectually honest.
I do think most illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay, and I agree that the issue is complicated, but using euphemisms to hide the truth only complicates things more.
Pete Rogerson, Seattle
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