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Ali Cochran and Craig Auster, Fargo, Published May 31 2013

Letter: Reform needs senator’s support

Our immigration system is broken, and that’s bad for our country and our economy. As the Senate debates the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform recently introduced, we hope that Sen. Heidi Heitkamp will support this important legislation.

When we bring undocumented workers out of the shadows and allow them to join the legal, regulated workforce, employers who would otherwise game the system can no longer cheat workers on wages or working conditions. When everyone has a fair shot and plays by the same rules, all workers can expect their wages to rise. This will mean more dollars in the economy and more jobs – to the tune of an additional $832 billion over 10 years.

North Dakota Fair Share stands in support of comprehensive immigration reform, and we hope Heitkamp will join us.

The writers are with North Dakota Fair Share.