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16Sep/19

Local small businesses add voice to immigration reform discussions

first_imgAs immigration reform discussions reach a critical juncture in Congress, immigrant rights advocates are asking small business owners in Clark County to express their support for a law that makes it easier for immigrants to gain citizenship.So far, about 100 Clark County businesses have posted immigration reform fliers on their storefronts, activists from the Main Street Alliance said during a Thursday press conference in Vancouver.The U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform bill late last month with about two-thirds of senators in support. The legislation would increase border security, provide a pathway to citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million immigrants illegally in the country, expand the highly skilled worker program, and set up new guest worker arrangements for lower-skilled workers and farm laborers.It’s unclear whether leaders in the House will bring a similar immigration reform bill forward.During Thursday’s press conference, Don Orange, owner of Hoesly Eco Automotive in Vancouver, said immigration reform activists have been working to put pressure on U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, to support comprehensive immigration reform.Herrera Beutler, a member of the House’s Congressional Hispanic Conference, has said Republicans need to change their tone when discussing immigration issues. Her office was not available to comment Thursday.last_img read more