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Dear Editor:

I read with disbelief that the INS has received no public comment in reference to the usage of the I-131 Application for a Travel Document form. In my opinion, the single use form creates a huge pile of paperwork and serves no purpose except to extract $95 out of each applicant based on an unreasonable probability that holders may want keep their immigration status valid. The use of the word parole on the document says it all. By all means get rid of this document as well and replace it with some freely available technology, like a bar-coded or magnetic-strip EAD plastic cards allowing immigrants to leave and return to the United States at their leisure as many times as they wish. The card would serve as a EAD, a travel ID, and reduce a huge workload in immigration offices and expunge the house arrest syndrome that goes with applying for a present I-131. Bar-code or magnetic readers are not expensive and no doubt would produce much sought after cost savings in the short term as well as produce secure statistics for Congress and INS. The I-94 fiasco could be similarly contained with such cost saving technology.

Neil Reed

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