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Dear Editor:

I have been in the immigration business for over 25 years. The remarks made by Rep. Duncan regarding section 245(i) are preposterous. It is obvious that this man does not have the slightest idea of how this sections works.

He does not know that when people apply under 245(i) in the United States, they are subject to all kind of background checks (FBI, State police and some Immigration Courts even require local police clearances). Aliens applying under section 245(i) are required to have their fingerprint taken two and some times three times before they are interviewed. He also said that an alien simply pays $1,000 for instant legalization. Nothing is farther from the truth. Applicants for adjustment of status under this section must wait between two to four years before an interview is conducted. And, then, only if they are clear of all wrongdoing they are approved.

People like this man, with no knowledge of the law, just show their ignorance and their prejudiced hostility against all kind of immigrants. Section 245(i) is a good law and should be extended. As a matter of fact, the Senate and the House already approved their respective versions of the law.

Respectfully yours,
Luis A. Delgado, LL.M.,