Not everyone in Washington is mired in partisanship
Immigration reformer Frank Sharry shows how to work across the aisle07:00 AM CST on Tuesday, December 11, 2007
WASHINGTON – Unless you follow immigration politics closely, chances are you’ve never heard of Frank Sharry. And he would like to keep it that way, as he believes the debate has nothing to do with him. It’s instead about the larger issue of failed immigration policies.
That said, every place you turn in this contentious debate, you’ll find the energetic 51-year-old reformer behind the scenes, working friendlies and hostiles alike to find a way forward.
Here’s a PBS article titled “Border Talk” with Frank Sharry:
Question: I would welcome anyone who is looking for a better life. Unfortunately, the majority of immigrants in my neighborhood come here with one thing in mind: money to send back home. The money being made in this country is being sent out of it to support families in other countries. If we don’t spend some of that income here, all Americans will soon be out of work. I also object to the majority being paid under minimum wage and without paying taxes. Please write back. I would love to hear other opinions.
Frank: According to a new study by the Inter-American Development Bank, immigrants sent $23 billion in transfers to the Caribbean and Latin America alone last year. Should this trouble Americans? I don’t think so.