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July 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

State’s fires: Encouraging to see workers’ efforts

The Seattle Times’ story about the courageous people who lost everything in the wildfires moved me to tears [“Laborers lost a lot to fast-moving wildfire, now work to rebuild lives,” Local News, July 23]. It is amazing that some workers stayed behind as the inferno approached to rescue farm equipment that was not even…

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Comments | More in Wildfire | Topics: Anne Trench, forest fires, immigration

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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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