Fixing our Broken Immigration System

To the Editor:
Soon our Senators in Washington D.C. will be given a chance make significant changes to our current immigration system. Senate Bill 744 was written by a bi-partisan group of 8 Senators and has the broad support from key leaders in both political parties. It passed out of the Senate Judiciary committee with a vote of 13 - 5 and will be debated and voted on in the U.S. Senate in June. This bill provides for important border security measures, a path to citizenship for the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, mandates an employee verification system, and creates a new worker visa program. In Montana, approximately 5,000 undocumented immigrants would be considered for a path to citizenship. This is not amnesty. At this point, requirements include registration and fees totally $2,000, paying taxes, background check, learning English, and a waiting period of up to 13 years. Our immigrant community is an important part of our state economy, and Montana businesses and agriculture are dependent on the jobs that they fill. We
have an opportunity to honor our heritage by defending, protecting, and honoring the rights and humanity
of these sojourners and immigrants. The time is now to voice your support and ask our Montana Senators for their important vote in fixing our broken immigration system.

Patricia Decker
Montana Immigrant Justice
Alliance Board member
Red Lodge

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am
    Thanksgiving Bake Sale, Nov. 18 at the Fromberg School Gym, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Holiday pies, dinner rolls, caramel rolls, cakes and more. Hosted by the school and the Fromberg Improvement Committee.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 1:00pm
    A Free Thanksgiving meal will be served Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at the "Legacy Lodge " building in Red Lodge for anyone that is in need, or is unable to get to family, or even have nowhere to go for Thanksgiving.
  • Monday, November 20, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 8:00am
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.