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Community Leaders Come Together for Immigration Reform

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Leaders in Washington's political, business, and agricultural communities have come together to demand immigration reform. It's called the Washington Compact.

The Washington Compact is a statement of principals that officials hope will help frame the discussion of immigration reform not only in the state, but at the federal level as well.

A few of the very first members of the compact were in Yakima Tuesday signing to show their commitment to reform.

In the compact are five points of interest, things like economic and social benefits, highlighting why the immigration debate needs to be solved.       

Former Republican Congressman, Sid Morrison signed the compact. He says regardless of what side of the political aisle you're on, this issue needs to be solved.

"The best way to control our borders is in fact to have a structured program for dealing, humanly, with people," Morrison said.

Morrison says he tried to tackle immigration reform back in the 80's, but was unsuccessful. So now, he hopes the time is right to solve the problem.

Washington now joins several other states, including Texas and Utah, in forming this kind of coalition.

Organizers hope the compact will help influence current legislators dealing with reform.