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Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: 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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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December 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

For many people, immigrating is the only choice

Reform immigration for those hoping to improve their lives

Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, from the Colville National Forest, in northeast Washington State, during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, from the Colville National Forest, in northeast Washington State, during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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.

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December 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Immigration’s positive effects

Immigrants play a vital role in our economy

Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Immigration reform protesters gather outside the fence for the lighting of the 2013 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Tuesday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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.

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December 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Call your representatives and demand immigration action

We need to work together for comprehensive immigration reform

Weakened by a 22-day fast, labor leader Eliseo Medina holds hands during a prayer at an event ending his "Fast for Families" Tuesday, in Washington. The fasters hope to gain momentum for comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Weakened by a 22-day fast, labor leader Eliseo Medina holds hands during a prayer at an event ending his “Fast for Families” Tuesday, in Washington. The fasters hope to gain momentum for comprehensive immigration reform in the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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.

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November 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM

It’s time for Congress to pass a path to citizenship

U.S. Rep. Reichert needs to join Republicans co-sponsoring H.R. 15 immigration bill

President Barack Obama gives a speech on immigration reform at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 25. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

President Barack Obama gives a speech on immigration reform at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center in San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 25. (Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

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.

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November 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Republicans are seeking fair solutions for all immigrants

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.

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0 Comments | More in Bellevue, Immigration, Republicans | Topics: bellevue, immigration, Republicans

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