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LETTER: Cramer should embrace bipartisan immigration reform

GRAND FORKS — A majority of Americans are convinced that immigration reform done the right way will help our country. Last year, a bipartisan group of senators worked together, came up with a common-sense solution and passed a bill that isn’t perfect but is a step toward real immigration reform.

America wants and needs bipartisan, common-sense legislation that brings undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and provides them with legal status and eventually the chance to apply for citizenship, reforms the legal immigration system and makes for effective and humane enforcement and border security.

One way to make some progress immediately would be for Congress to reform the arbitrary detention bed quota that requires American taxpayers to spend $2 billion a year detaining 34,000 immigrants each day, a waste of money when effective and less expensive alternatives exist.

Immigration reform is a big, hard-to-tackle issue. But now is not the time for our leadership to shirk its responsibility. We need real reform on a bipartisan basis, and I call on my representative — Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. — whom I voted for, to help move us toward the economic boost that comprehensive immigration reform will provide.

Timothy J.S. Heise

Heise is a law student at the UND School of Law.