Thursday August 10, 2017
Whether you believe that undocumented immigrants deserve a chance to earn legal status via a pathway to citizenship or that they should be swiftly deported, it should be clear to all of us that our current system, which keeps so many immigrants in the shadows, is not in the best interest of our democracy. This is why I was so baffled to learn that Senate Republicans are now pushing the Raise Act, which would "cut (legal) immigration by half from the current level" ("Trump backs bill to slash immigration," Reading Eagle, Aug. 3). The more we restrict legal immigration, the more we will end up encouraging illegal immigration.
This is a step in the absolute wrong direction. We should be making legal immigration more reasonable and accessible, not less so, in order to give prospective Americans the opportunity to come here under safe and open circumstances. Immigration policies of exclusion, by contrast, such as the Raise Act, will put more and more immigrant families in dangerous positions, like those who died tragically in San Antonio recently. We should all contact U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey Jr. to voice our disapproval of the Raise Act, and to encourage them to make legal immigration more accessible.
GOP's Raise Act a real downer