Seattle Weekly: Reichert Voices Support for Immigration Reform

As the immigration reform debate has swept through Congress, it’s been an open question as to where the state’s Republican delegation stands. It’s a divisive subject within the GOP. Some conservatives remain adamantly opposed to any bill that includes what they call “amnesty” for illegal immigrants. Others are increasingly willing to consider immigration reform, especially in light of the last presidential election, which indicated that the party will sink if it can’t appeal to more Hispanics.

Count Dave Reichert among the latter. As a guest on John Carlson’s KVI radio show yesterday, the sheriff-turned-Congressmember revealed that he supports finding a “way to build a solution for the 12 million people who are here.” It’s a view no doubt influenced by the dynamics of his district, home to both Microsoft and farmlands east of the Cascades, both of which rely on immigrants.

“It’s huge,” says Charlie McAteer, spokesperson for the immigration advocacy group OneAmerica. McAteer says Reichert is the first Republican House member from Washington to come out in favor of "earned citizenship."

OneAmerica tweeted a shout-out to Reichert this morning. Also today, a national immigration reform organization added Reichert’s name to a list it is compiling of Republican Congressmembers who are supporting citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The list, now 22-person strong, includes Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, the up-and-comer who served as Mitt Romney’s running mate last year.

Read the entire August 8, 2013 article by Nina Shapiro in the Seattle Weekly

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