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Dear Editor:

The plan of President Bush to give legal status to millions of undocumented Mexicans is laudable. This country has always understood the essential role that immigration has played in its history. However, as correctly pointed out by one of your readers, the benefits should be extended far beyond Mexico. Many aliens from this country came from other nations and they are as hard working if not more than the Mexican people. While we understand the concern of other people that it might create a pandora's box and would open a floodgates of undocumented aliens, I still believe that America is what it is today because of the immigrants who came to its shores. The call of five year moratorium on almost all categories of immigration by Rep. Thomas G. Tancredo (R-Colo) was based on the belief that that massive cost of immigration has skyrocketed far beyond the country's ability to handle it. In fact, there is a grain of truth in it. Some aliens have abused the generousity extended by this country. However, for every unscrupulous alien who abused their privelege, thousands others are hard working and well educated that help propel the economy of this nation. They pay taxes, create employment oppurtunities, and acquire proper education to be of service to this nation. Immigrants are not a burden to society, they are its backbone. If you dont believe this statement just look at your nearest Social Security office and determine for youself who is applying for benifits. Look also at your local jail to see who are criminals convicted of felonies. Lastly, let's take a look to California who has the most number of immigrants. This state which is just one of the fifty on this great country is producing $1.3 trillion worth of goods and services which makes it the sixth stongest economy of the world. This inspite of or maybe due to the immigants. Your answer is as good as mine.