Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Pursue immigration bill

Aren’t we all tired of watching, reading and hearing about nothing much getting done in our government this past decade?

Perhaps it’s time for more of us, the American people, to contact our lawmakers and ask them to get on with the important tasks they signed up for, like funding our highways and infrastructure repairs, and immigration reform.

A bipartisan immigration reform bill made it through the Senate last session. We don’t usually see such cooperation within our partisan Congress.

However, the House seems to be ignoring this important bill.

House Speaker John Boehner’s first responsibility is to lead the House toward productive, needed legislation. If this immigration reform bill can make it through the House, as it did the Senate, Pennsylvania stands to gain more than $3 billion over the next decade. Millions of immigrants who have worked, fought for and contributed to our national economy for generations would be released from illegal limbo and allowed to follow their path to citizenship.

This isn’t about differing political philosophy; this is a human-rights issue.

U.S. agriculture and business have encouraged illegal immigration for generations to reduce their costs and improve profits. To now blame and punish these workers and their families is shameful.

As the world’s human rights watchdog, the U.S. needs to lead by our own good example. I hope more folks will call or contact our representatives to get this important bill moving.

Debra Hager

State College