Sunday letters: Immigration reform a must for nation

May 26, 2013 

The Senate immigration reform bill indeed is a major step forward in the effort to tackle one of our nation’s most difficult and pressing issues. Immigration is incredibly complex, and the U.S. system has been broken for far too long.

It is encouraging that the bill would allow the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, be placed on a roadmap to citizenship and contribute even more to our economy.

The bill addresses the use of racial profiling and promotes alternatives to cruel and expensive detention policies. Furthermore, there is a focus on the billions of dollars that our nation puts into securing a border that is more secure today than it ever has been.

The outcome of comprehensive immigration reform will demonstrate whether we do indeed uphold the values of justice, welcoming the stranger, equality and love.

Our nation’s immigrants and economy have waited long enough.

Rev. Thomas A. Summers

Columbia

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