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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Setting the record straight on Immigration

In a letter to the editor to the Statesman Journal, Kelly O’Brien, the coordinator for the Coalition for a Working Oregon, has responded to one submitted last month by Lyneil Vandermolen.

According to O’Brien, Vandermolen’s letter was ”riddled with inaccuracies and innuendo”. About Vandermollen’s position, she had this to say:

Unfortunately, extremists are less about enacting true, meaningful immigration reform and more about confusing an already complicated issue in order to push their own agenda and ideals."
In her article, O’Brien also took apart Vandermollen’s notion that an enforcement only approach is the only way. She said, “this country can't end with just enforcement, because enforcement alone will never solve the larger problem….Only comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level will provide a meaningful and long-lasting solution to this problem."

O’Brien went on to add that Oregonians want a comprehensive approach to immigration reform and that polls reflect these feelings. She finished by saying that “We have to do what is right for our country and our economy”.

The full letter can be read by linking here.

The Coalition for a Working Oregon is “the first consolidated effort by Oregon employers to promote a thoughtful, sensible approach to immigration reform on the federal level. The CWO is comprised of 20 top Oregon employer groups representing well over 300,000 Oregon workers.”


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