Pramila Jayapal, Executive Director of our partner organization, OneAmerica, has a good op-ed piece running in the Seattle Times right now. It details why immigrants are good for Washington state’s economy. This is even more relevant in light of the ICE raid in Bellingham, Washington earlier this year.
The early experiences of Amalia Cudeiro, Bellevue School District’s new school superintendent, mirror the experiences of many foreign-born residents in Washington and across the United States.
Born in Cuba, Cudeiro came to the United States as a child. Her father was an accountant, but because he didn’t speak English, he was only able to find work as a dishwasher. Cudeiro gave back to her father — she earned a doctorate from Harvard, built a much-lauded career in education, and today is poised to become the first immigrant school superintendent in a city where one in four residents is foreign-born.
Cudeiro’s journey and contributions may be viewed as a microcosm of immigrants across Washington state. A report released last week by OneAmerica, a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing democracy and justice, clearly lays out the contributions of immigrants to Washington’s economy and makes the case for why immigrant workers are indispensable in our state.