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Hastings, Fearing Disagree on Immigration Reform


YAKIMA, Wash. -- Congressman Doc Hastings is trying for an eighth consecutive term in the House of Representatives, but he'll have to go through George Fearing, a Tri-Cities attorney, to get there.

KNDO recently sat down with both candidates to discuss some of the issues people are facing within the 4th Congressional District.

Both candidates say Central Washington's economy could improve by increasing our use of alernative energy.

"Most of all the hydropower is in Central Washington", says Hastings. "We have the nuclear plant in Richland. Virtually all the wind farms are here. I think we have to expand upon that as much as we possibly can".

"America is waking up to the need for alternative energy", says Fearing. "To combat global warming, to get off the dependence of foreign oil. Central Washington has all the resources to become an alternative energy capital of the world".

Hastings and Fearing have different views on immigration reform.

Fearing says, "I would approve a path to citizenship for undocumented workers who don't have felonies and can show they have gainful employment".

"These crops have always been worked by a migrant worker force", Hastings said. "What we need is a workable migrant worker plan so people can come in, work on a seasonal basis, and go back home".

In terms of balancing the federal budget, Hastings says the government needs to drastically cut "entitlement spending". Fearing says the first step is ending the war in Iraq.