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Dear Editor:

Your 9 May "Editor's Comments" implied an unjustified criticism of President Bush, leading me to wonder whether you have a hostility towards him unrelated to immigration issues.

You reported that the President had endorsed a further extension of section 245(i). Then you quoted Representative Lamar Smith (R-Tex) objecting to the extension. Next you said, "One of candidate Bush's promises was to change the tone of the debate in Washington. What about Texas?"

Not only did you fail to give the President credit for his pro-immigrant advocacy of extending section 245(i), but you implied that he should be expected to restrain the anti-immigrant rhetoric of Mr. Smith. While most immigration advocates would love to place Mr. Smith on a slow boat to China (without radio contact), it is hardly the responsibility or within the power of the President to accomplish this. Mr. Smith is not on the staff of the White House and has always been intemperate and anti-immigrant in his comments and actions.

The cause of fair and liberal immigration policy would be better served by your giving some credit to the President for positive actions than by suggesting that he must muzzle every member of his party.

Hans Christian Linnartz
Durham, NC

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