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The Reporter’s long article on “Real Hope bill brings promise...” leaves out many factors.

An important one, for many hopeful college candidates, is that admissions to college are limited and admitting undocumented immigrants adds to the congestion. Concomitant to that is fact that financial aid for deserving students is additionally limited.

And the “hope” touted, requires a broader definition. One, because it provides another of many rewards for undocumented immigrants to come to this country, and given that millions have been doing so unsustainably for years now, this makes clear the unsustainable trend will only worsen. And as that number rises, even those convicted of serious crimes will have ever-more advocates calling for an end to deportations, better food and higher salaries, as is being done at the Tacoma retention facility.

Obama has worked overtime making sure that illegal entry to the country is not a crime, and making sure those who commit “non-serious” crimes are not incarcerated or deported. Obama has actually done more than any president in decades to limit deportations for people who successfully cross the border illegally or violate the terms of their visas. Deportations from the interior, what most people think of when they hear "deportation," have declined by 40 percent since Obama took office. Total deportations, both interior and border removals and returns, are well behind the pace of the Clinton and Bush administrations.

The “hope” act adds another nail in the fact that even more of these people will be here. It adds to the high-cost “special ed” they are provided, subsidized housing and medical, and significantly adding to the rapidly growing number of poor in this country, let alone the population-growth impacts on ecological degradation and rapid resource depletion.

About 50 percent of Hispanics drop out of high school, and those crossing the southern border have parents who on average have less than an eighth grade education. Does anyone seriously think this can continue indefinitely? And ignore the many costs it creates for a dwindling middle class?

That’s impacts on “hope” that the media and politicians need to give more attention to.

Richard Pelto, Kenmore

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