SPOKANE, Wash. -- More than 100 small businesses in Spokane teamed up to show their support for immigration reform Thursday.
While Congress continues to debate the topic, store front owners are deciding to get in on the conversation by publicly showing their support across Spokane. They’re joining the movement to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the country.
“They’re customers. They’re people that live near us. They should have the right to find work legally and be a productive part of society,” David Ainley of The Scone Ranger said.
Ainley is one of many backing the cause, organized by the Main Street Alliance. It advocates for small businesses on public policy issues.
Others at a Thursday rally say the idea will help small businesses on both sides of the register.
“Good workers always come from other countries as immigrants because they have the most to gain,” Larry Valadez, owner of a local private investigation and Spanish translation company.
The group hopes to keep getting support from local businesses and keep the issue on the public’s mind while Congress debates immigration reform.
The organizers behind this effort say they reached out to dozens of businesses and the majority chose to offer support. Some, though, were afraid of taking a political stand.