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Letter to the Editor:

By Federico Peña

Tonight, here in Colorado, Republican Presidential candidates will participate in another debate. Since this debate is focused on the economy, it’s very likely they’ll again discuss immigration, particularly given the enormous positive impact immigrants have on the U.S. economy. Unfortunately, too often whenever the immigration issue arises on the campaign trail, many candidates immediately shift focus to border security, claiming that sealing the U.S./Mexico point of entry is the “first step” towards reforming our broken immigration system.

But, for too many, that is where the discussion ends. For others, the solution is mass deportation. But, we deserve real solutions. The kinds of solutions that embrace our nation’s long, rich history of immigration. For centuries, immigrants and their families have been making contributions to their communities and to their new country—from contributing billions in state and local taxes to launching 28% of all new businesses in 2014. Yet, current immigration laws are punitive - as is too much of the political debate.

The broken immigration system wreaks havoc on families, especially, the U.S. citizen children left behind in the wake of deportation. The stress of having a parent with undocumented status has a profound impact on the emotional health and overall cognitive development of these children.

It’s time to end this ugliness -- and we will start here in Colorado. Tonight in Boulder, at our My Country, My Vote! rally, we say to candidates: stop the hateful rhetoric aimed at our communities and our families. We say: embrace the contributions immigrants have made to this great nation. We say to our community: register to vote and participate in this great nation’s democracy. And, we say to the next administration, pass comprehensive immigration reform in the first 100 days!

Join us!

Farrand Field, CU Boulder campus from 5-7pm MDT.

Make your voice heard!

Federico Peña





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