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TACOMA: Immigration is in our purview

Letter by John Laakso, Fircrest on May 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm with 7 Comments »
May 20, 2010 3:21 pm

A News Tribune editorial asserts that consideration of what is going on in Arizona is an issue outside the Tacoma City Council’s purview. It notes that four hours of public testimony were presented on this topic. That would indicate that the public’s concern, pro and con, makes it the council’s business.

This business community’s talking point – that the issue is “outside their purview” _ parroted by the editorial, is convenient and cynical. Many of the same people who now complain about consideration of Arizona’s desperate act are the same people who complained when a coalition of Republicans and Democrats brought forward a national solution to the illegal immigration problem.

There are an estimated 200,000 undocumented workers in Washington. These people, as well as more than 400,000 in Arizona, are here to work. But current law means that they have to work in the shadows and at lower wages than other workers will accept. This is exactly the result that some employers want.

To some extent we all benefit in the short term by lower prices. But in the long run we all suffer as neighbor attacks neighbor. Our immigration laws are broken, and only open consideration of the complexities stands any chance of resolving the problems.

Silence only serves the illegitimate purposes of some employers who want to keep the low-wage party going.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. John I don’t buy into the theory that this issue is too complex to solve, I agree that those businesses that hire illegal aliens need to be punished. I also believe that a national effort is required, actually owed, to the citizens of this country to make life so difficult for those who are here illegally that they will willingly pack up and leave. I don’t see a need to “round them up” and deport them, just cut off all financial support, food stamps housing, medical and make it clear that they have a deadline to make their exit. After the deadline, start a forced deportation for those who are still left.

  2. “There are an estimated 200,000 undocumented workers in Washington”

    Is that just the illegal aliens?

  3. witchiwoman says:

    John Laakso, you have made excellent points. Tacoma City council should have stood by their original intention to boycott.

  4. Yea… they should have… :)

    …bu they do want to stay in office and possibly get re-elected.

  5. witchiwoman says:

    Are you following me, jim? Should I be complimented or worried?

  6. witchiwoman in case you missed the pun, jim was saying that staying in office is more important to these councilmembers than what’s right for the country.

  7. I thought you were following me … no worries.

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