Letter: Heed immigration reform bill

June 26, 2013 

Concerning immigration reform: A recent Senate vote on the immigration reform bill points to near certain passage.

What does immigration reform  mean to Alaska? Seafood companies with assets into the billions want more low-skilled workers.

Thousands of workers are brought into Alaska each year to work on processing ships and shore plants.

Labor providers historically have a bad record of how well they treat people.

So how did Alaska’s two senators, Murkowski and Begich vote — to move the bill forward or not? A lot of lobbyists needing cheap labor put a lot of pressure on them.

The immigration bill as written is not good for Alaska citizens nor the nation as a whole. Immigration reform affects Alaska — give the issue some coverage.

— Faith Myers and Dorrance Collins

Anchorage

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