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Letter: Immigration forum put spotlight on need for reform

Forum highlighted immigration needs

4:48 PM, Aug. 28, 2013  |  Comments
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EDITOR: I want to thank the good people of Wausau and U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy for sending his district director to join us at the "Bibles, Badges and Business" immigration reform roundtable. We had a productive discussion about this important issue and the need for Congress to put in place a commonsense immigration system.

Our panel included both Democrats and Republicans because immigration reform is an issue that is not about party but community and country. To that point, I welcomed Gov. Scott Walker's remarks last month when he spoke out in favor of immigration reform.

Make no mistake, fixing our broken immigration system is as much about our economic security as it is about our national security. As was mentioned at the roundtable, if all undocumented immigrants were removed from Wisconsin, the state would lose $2.6 billion in economic activity and 15,000 jobs - instead of adding $3.1 billion to the economy and creating 5,782 jobs in 2014 alone through reform.

The U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform package that includes important provisions to secure our borders and revamp the worker visa system so that everyone from our dairy farmers to the high tech industry will be able to find and employ the legal workers they need to keep our economy moving. It is now incumbent on the House of Representatives to follow suit.

Immigration reform is about community, and in a greater sense, about country. Failure on the House's part to act will have a direct impact on all of us.

Darryl D. Morin,

Milwaukee

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