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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Immigration
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

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

June 5, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Illegal immigration: Stop imprisoning people without due process

I applaud the editorial condemning the abuses at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma and the conclusion that the profit motive is at the heart of the abuses [“Spotlight on troubled Tacoma ICE detention center,” Opinion, June 3]. The Seattle Times’ statement that detention centers are necessary is questionable, however. As The Times points…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: due process, illegal immigration, immigration

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…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Anthony Valente, Danny Westneat, immigration

April 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Enforce immigration laws already on the books

I hope the article in The Seattle Times “Death at the border defies a dream” [Nation & World, April 20] was not written to evoke sympathy from the public. It caused me more cynicism and disdain for the politicians in this country who refuse to enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books.  These…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: health care, illegal immigration, immigration

March 29, 2014 at 8:39 AM

City rules harm immigrants

This responds to Mayor Ed Murray’s call for increased funding to support immigrants and refugees [“Mayor wants to expand services for immigrants, refugees,” Local News, March 26]. My parents immigrated to this country in the early 1920s from Sweden. They didn’t speak English and they didn’t look for assistance from government. They were looking…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Aaliyah Gupta, Bob Dorse, immigration

February 9, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Education for students in the country illegally: Provide aid for U.S. citizens

While I applaud the politicians of Washington state for considering legislation that would grant financial aid to students in the U.S. illegally, it just seems like another instance where U.S. citizens get the short end of the stick [“Help all students go to college with Real Hope Act,” Opinion, Feb. 6]. Tuition costs continue…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Dream Act, immigration, Jeff Swanson

January 22, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Immigration reform: Everyone is connected in the struggle for citizenship

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…


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: Congress, illegal immigration, Noah Dorson

January 16, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Immigration reform: More than an issue of illegal immigration

Immigration reform isn’t just about people who are in this country illegally [“Immigration reform and the economy,” Northwest Voices, Jan. 5].

There are thousands of U.S. citizens who are forced to live without family members who are citizens of other countries. The petition process to bring family members to the U.S. puts the final burden of decision-making on overworked consular staff at U.S. embassies.


Comments | More in Immigration | Topics: illegal immigration, immigration reform

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