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December 30, 2012 at 4:43 PM

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Immigration reform and Microsoft

Look beyond tech workforce

I don’t disagree with “Heed Microsoft on immigration reform” [Opinion, Dec. 18], I just think there should be a sequel about other kinds of workers in this country.

Not everyone has the skill or desire to become an “educated” tech worker. How often do college graduates ever make a career out of picking apples, cleaning houses or chopping lettuce at Subway?

Second-generation Americans don’t aspire to become fruit and vegetable pickers, so who does this work? Why aren’t people who want to immigrate here to do this work honored for their service to us with the same privileges as tech workers? Why can’t apple growers be allowed to pay for worker visas, too?

Current immigration laws are such a double standard. If we want to avoid devolving into a Third World society, we need to honor and respect all kinds of workers.

Steve Kunkel, Bellevue


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