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I was surprised at Shawn Vestal’s open letter to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers urging her to vote to protect illegal immigrants who know no other country. The surprise wasn’t his self-righteous, morally superior tone, it was his ignorance, perhaps feigned.

If he read his own paper and watched candidate debates, Cathy and the Republican leadership want “comprehensive immigration reform” like the Senate passed in 2013, which would give legal status to almost all 11 million illegal aliens. She tried to sweeten that in a April 25, 2014 article in this paper saying, “We’re going to have to push that this is a legal status, not amnesty.”

In the Oct. 7 debate with Joe Pakootas, when pressed, she said clearly, “I do not support deporting the undocumented.” She and the Republican leadership don’t want to deport cheap labor. In 2014, Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, lost his primary over this position. Trump’s primary win and election repudiated the Republican leadership’s immigration position.

Read the clear statements. Trump and everyone else want people with no other home to stay. They will be OK. DACA was clearly unconstitutional. The hard question will be what to do with the rest of the illegal aliens.

Tom Horne

Nine Mile Falls


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