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Immigration reform

To the Editor:

The U.S. Constitution was adopted by European immigrants to this continent just 224 years ago. However, migration between North and Central America has been happening for over 2,000 years. Trade routes were long ago established. So for the newest immigrants to declare native people illegal is really absurd.

Congress should always adopt laws that seek justice for citizens and non-citizens. The 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has contributed to the rising levels of inequality in both the United States and Mexico. We should at least increase the quotas for our land neighbors and decrease them from countries that are not our neighbors.

Next, we need to simplify the procedures to enter our county legally. Then show immigrants where and how to become citizens as well as where to learn English. Right now, the process is extremely hard to navigate. Our Declaration of Independence states that “all men are created equal, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This is a moral standard on human rights that Congress needs to uphold.

Julie Stewart Ziesman, Waukee

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