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If you have not yet read today’s Lowell Sun’s editorial on the raid on undocumented immigrants in New Bedford this week, please do so.
In the past, I have disagreed with the Sun’s editorial position on many issues but they should be commended for reminding Lowell that the “complicated problem of illegal immigration” has a face—“hundreds of tear-stained, panic-striken” women in this case.
But more importantly, they are advancing a rational solution by stating that this “incident highlights the critical need for reform of our fractured immigration system” and they agree with Senator Ted Kennedy’s approach to reform. The paper is advocating that “a system be created that will put illegal immigrants who are otherwise lawful residents on the path to legal status.”
Lowell is a city of immigrants. Some of us were luck to find the legal status immediately, others were not. According to the U.S. Census, in 2005 over 37% of Lowell’s population was foreign born. That is up from 22% in 2000.
The Sun should be praised for their responsible approach to this complex problem.
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