Hermiston Wants Immigration Reform

<p>Mayor Drotzmann (left) and OR State Senator Ron Wyden (right)</p>

Mayor Drotzmann (left) and OR State Senator Ron Wyden (right)

Hermiston Mayor David Drotzmann is taking the creation of “fair & sensible” immigration reform laws to the next stage. 

Today he gave a letter to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) at a presentation during a town hall meeting held by the senator in Hermiston. 

“I hope that this will set off an effort in similar communities all across the country,” said Senator Wyden.

“Once again it is wonderful to see eastern Oregon take the lead, show the rest of the country how to proceed, and do some trail-blazing; in this case for a better country and a better community.”

The Hermiston City Council voted 7:1 at their February 11 meeting to write a letter to the city’s federally elected officials to, “request that you (federal elected officials) make fair and sensible immigration reform laws a priority and work to make fair and sensible laws allowing for the legalization of worthy un-documented immigrants.”

Hermiston’s population was 35% Hispanic as of the 2010 U.S. Census, and the Hermiston School District reports that 43% of students in the 2012-13 school year are Hispanic.

The growing representation of the Hispanic community in Hermiston prompted the City Council to form the Hispanic Advisory Committee in 2012.

This committee is made up of bi-lingual Hermiston-area residents and makes recommendations to the City Council while holding their meetings in both English and Spanish.

The Hispanic Advisory Committee at its December 11, 2012 meeting unanimously agreed to request that the City Council make immigration reform a priority.

To view a copy of the letter: