Time for empathy

04/29/2014 5:28 PM

04/29/2014 5:28 PM

Immigration reform is imperative to the well-being of real people who are caught up in this country right now living in constant uncertainty and fear of discovery.

This situation creates helpless men, women and children ripe for abuse and exploitation.

The emerging human crisis no longer allows me to remain idle and silent.

The need to provide basic necessities and safety can lead desperate people to do desperate things.

As a mother I can understand that.

Yes, they are here illegally.

America needs to receive them with empathy and extend the ability to gain legal status and work toward citizenship if this is what they desire.

Immigration reform will allow them to live outside of the shadows and be productive members of American society without fear.

Let’s rise together and call for our representatives to do the right thing and pass immigration reform. It’s the right thing to do.

— Kellye Echels, Crowley

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