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Dear Editor,

I would be very grateful if you would publicize my online petition in favor of Senator Feinstein's bill to reduce INS backlogs.

As you are aware, anyone applying for a green card and eventual citizenship must jump through a seemingly never-ending series of hoops and at every stage there is an enormous and explosively growing backlog of unprocessed cases.

For example at the Phoenix INS office there is a backlog of 52 months for adjustment of status, and the backlog is growing by 16 months every year! Phoenix is by no means the busiest INS office, so the problem is obviously due to inefficiency and poor procedures rather than overwork.

The INS as a whole has seen its budget triple to $4 billion and its manpower increase by 15000 since 1992, yet the service it offers to legal immigrants is abysmally low and getting worse all the time. Throwing money at the agency will not fix it! This is why Feinstein's bill is significant - it earmarks additional funds for reducing backlogs, and also requires the INS to draw up an action plan to improve its efficiency and procedures before it can access the funds.

The petition can be viewed at: http://www.petitiononline.com/s2586

Thank you in advance for your help.
Hugh Dunne


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