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Legally authorize our immigration workers

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I write to urge Congressmen John Kline and Tim Walz to do everything they can to get a comprehensive immigration reform bill passed in Congress this year that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented workers and families.

In southeastern Minnesota, immigrant workers and families already contribute mightily to our economy and enrich our communities. It is time to legally authorize them as residents.

A recent poll conducted in Kline’s district by Public Policy Polling showed that voters support the immigration legislation passed by the U.S. Senate last month by a margin of 69 to 24 percent. Republicans favor immigration reform by a margin of 37 points, Independents by a margin of 39 points.

For those who are skeptical about immigration reform and are asking for new immigrants to fully assimilate into our society, I suggest that the path to citizenship should be right up their alley. It seems to me that current immigrants assimilate at the same speed as my own European ancestors did more than 100 years ago.

The chance at citizenship, even if it is 10 to 15 years down the road, will be a powerful incentive for further assimilation. At the same time, it will lay down the welcome mat of “liberty and justice for all.”

Doug Nopar

Winona

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