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Dear Editor:
Some time ago, I wrote a column for the website called This in Not Our Issue in which I took issue with a statement by Sandy Boyd, legislative director for the National Association of Manufacturers, that measure to bring equity to Central American newcomers, restore Section 245(i), and update the registry date as a de facto amnesty were "not our issue." Recently the whole question of raising the H- 1B cap, so urgently needed by our economy, has become stalemated by the seeming conflict between the business coalition/ GOP who want a "clean" H-1B bill, but do not want to alienate the increasingly important Hispanic voting bloc that GOP Nominee George Bush will court in the fall presidential election.

Had the high tech lobbyists embraced the more generous and sweeping strategy I outlined in my column, they would not find themselves in the fix they are now. The reality is that Silicon Valley, despite its fundraising prowess, needs more than campaign dollars to win lasting legislative victories. They must make common cause with other forces in American society that feel left behind on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Sincerely yours,

Gary Endelman Immigration Attorney