Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: immigration reform


IMMIGRATION: Pass real reform now

The Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives needs to step up and address immigration reform. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is from our state, has the ability to move this legislation. She and Congressman Dave Reichert should press to bring this issue to a vote in the House.

It is time that members of Congress know that immigration reform needs to happen now. Washington residents overwhelmingly support the passage of comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.

Immigration reform would provide a boost in our economy. Reform is needed for U.S. military personnel who are serving our country

Read more »


IMMIGRATION: Reject extremist SAFE Act

As an immigration attorney committed to a fair and workable immigration system, I am deeply concerned that the House of Representatives may bring H.R. 2278, the “Strengthen and Fortify Enforcement Act” (or “SAFE Act”), to the floor for a vote.

The SAFE Act is an extreme and regressive piece of legislation that would establish a deportation-only approach that leaders from both parties have rejected. It would criminalize undocumented immigrants, massively increase detention and enforcement costs, and do nothing to actually fix our broken immigration system.

Not only that, but states and cities could investigate, arrest and detain people for any

Read more »


IMMIGRATION: Who’s the real problem?

Two Southern states, Georgia and South Carolina, are currently dealing with “immigration” issues (TNT, 7-3 ). Obviously they appear to be aimed at one particular ethnic group.

Maybe it’s time therefore to revisit a humorous yet thought-provoking quote by comedian Pat Paulsen: “All the problems we face in the United States today can be traced to an unenlightened immigration policy on the part of the American Indian.”



IMMIGRATION: Reagan failure still haunts

Whatever a final bill on immigration reform might look like in the end, we need to be reminded of the circumstances that put the U.S. in this hopeless situation. Ronald Reagan gave 2 to 3 million illegal immigrants amnesty along with the message, “Come on over. You’re home free!”

As a result of Reagan’s monumental failure, it should be no surprise that we now have 12 million illegals.

As part of the Reagan Revolution’s all-out assault on the middle class by destroying unions with cheap labor, the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 was a payback to the large agribusiness conglomerates

Read more »