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Dear Editor:

The premium processing fee is what we hoped for but what we may well later regret. The more the INS becomes fiscally self-sufficient, the less it will be amenable to the will of Congress. A Senator or Representative cares about votes; not so an INS bureaucrat who is immune from popular pressure for the simple reason that he or she never has to get re-elected. The real battle is between Congress and the federal agencies not between Congress and the immigration advocates. Beyond that, this premium fee divides the family groups from the business coalition and it is the former who make the most appealing public arguments on Capital Hill and in the media. Yes, we want quick decisions but, in the long run, we want a united front able to lobby Congress for a responsive administration of our immigration laws. As another example of back-door taxation, the premium processing fee is a step away from ALL of that. Is this what we really want?

Gary Endelman

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