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…More
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…More
Advocates compassion 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…More
Acceptance practices must change It is unfortunate to see how limiting our educational institutions can be for individuals who cannot control their own circumstances. [“UW dream beyond his reach,” NW Monday, July 15.] Simon Mendoza has been at the mercy of unforgiving medical schools due to his legal status, even though his choice in immigration was…More