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The Olympian Editorial Board stands in support of immigrants! So does the Yelm Community Blog!

“We honor those in Thurston County who protect immigrants during these unwelcoming times”

Editor’s Note: I honor and support The Olympian Editorial Board for their courageous stand! We have many immigrants residing in the Yelm area, with several a vibrant fabric of our community for over a quarter of a century!

Excerpt by The Olympian Editorial Board

While most of the attention to immigration issues focuses on our southern border, ICE also has ramped up internal immigration enforcement, and not just of immigrants who are convicted of crimes. Undocumented people who have lived here for many years, worked, paid taxes and raised children now feel they are in daily danger. The worst fears are that adults will be detained and deported, leaving their children in limbo. In some families, this includes both children who were born here, and those who immigrated with their parents. This is not an unfounded fear. Strengthening Sanctuary activists and Steffani Powell, a local immigration attorney, report multiple such incidents.

The result is that many families are now trying hard to be invisible. They are reluctant to call the police when they are victims of crimes, and many are no longer enrolling their children in Head Start or other early childhood education programs. Some older children are not signing up for state college scholarships, even though they are eligible.

Strengthening Sanctuary, and its partners at CIELO, the workhorse local non-profit that offers educational and social support to the local Latino community, have mounted several programs to help reduce the fear and increase the safety of these families.”
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Posted by Steve on January 6, 2019 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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  1. There’s a difference between immigrants and illegal aliens. I know several illegals. None of them pay taxes or have health insurance. But some of them are outstanding people who have been in the U.S. for a long time. I think we need to establish criteria that would allow desirable aliens to stay and earn citizenship while expelling those who are undesirable. Children are not citizens simply because their mother resided here when the child was born. This is a misinterpretation of the Amendment which states if the parent is not subject to another country, meaning if the parent is not a citizen of another country, then the newborn is a citizen of the U.S.

    Comment by E on January 7, 2019 at 4:12 pm

  2. “Illegal Immigration is wrong, plain and simple. Until the American people are convinced we will stop future flows of illegal immigration, we will make no progress.”

    -Senator Chuck Schumer, 2009

    “We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented and unchecked.”

    -Barack Obama, 2005

    “I voted numerous times… to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in. And I do think you have to control your borders.” –

    Hillary Clinton, 2008

    According to a new Economist/YouGov survey, 93 percent of Americans say illegal immigration is a problem. The poll found that just 7 percent of the overall public say illegal immigration is “not a problem” facing the nation.

    Comment by Pavel Mikoloski on January 8, 2019 at 12:55 pm

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