Seattle Times: Washington state needs immigration reform

THE U.S. House of Representatives has only days left this year to vote on a comprehensive immigration-reform package, building on a bipartisan bill passed by the Senate in June.

This overdue legislation is much needed in Washington state, where repercussions from a broken system cross industries, from orchards and fields to high-tech companies searching for skilled workers.

While U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, is a leader in the House Democrats’ effort as a bill sponsor, disappointingly none of Washington’s House Republicans are agitating for immigration reform.

Religious leaders, business owners and farmers are on board. A statewide survey released in September by KCTS 9 and Latino Votes shows 73 percent of 800 respondents support allowing law-abiding workers a process to come out of the shadows.

Yet Republican U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane, Dave Reichert of Auburn, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas and Doc Hastings of Pasco remain strangely ambivalent on an issue that has major implications for each of their districts.

They should urge the House Republican leadership to schedule a vote. [...]

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