Posted: 11:00 p.m. Sunday, July 27, 2014
Sticking with the story
The Springfield News-Sun has written about Welcome Springfield since the organization formed in February.
Walt Vanderbush, Miami University of Oxford professor of Latin American and Latino/a studies, said his first reaction to the news of welcoming immigrants to Ohio cities is “fully positive.”
“I think the future of the U.S. and Southwest Ohio is to be ahead of the curve. We certainly had a reputation in the past of being on the other side.”
“I think if we see both Cincinnati and Dayton are both committed to being immigrant friendly, I think that has the potential the change the overall environment for the foreign-born population to be more comfortable here (in Ohio).”
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio: “The recent wave of unaccompanied minors underscores the need for comprehensive immigration reform. We can’t address our nation’s broken immigration system by lurching from one crisis to another.
“The Senate has passed a bipartisan bill that would secure our borders, boost the economy, and create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who are willing to meet strict but fair requirements. We need to ensure that children fleeing violence and extreme poverty are treated humanely while their claims of asylum are reviewed by an immigration judge. In the meantime, the House should act on comprehensive immigration reform while Congress considers emergency funding to address this crisis.”
U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio: “I do think we need to be open to immigration that is legal. The problem that we’re seeing on the boarder right now is sort of the opposite of that which is that we don’t have a good legal immigration system that helps to ensure we have a secure border, that we have rules that are followed so the people that are waiting patiently in line to come through the legal system are not passed up by those who come illegally.
“I’m supportive of legal immigration, always have been. It enriches our country and specifically with our economy today we need a lot of skills of folks who would like to come to this country.”