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Dear Editor:

If the purpose of the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act is to unified the children and spouse of the immigrants, how about the U.S. citizens and US veterans with military service? Why not amend regulations like extending temporary visas for children who are over 21, single or married? These groups are working age and they are following the legal procedures of the immigration. Many waited for more than 10 years now, but still no visa has been issued. Many of the petitioners are parents who are old and waiting for their children. Lucky for those who come to the US illegally for many of them were granted amnesty, students who overstayed and found jobs, got married so they could stay, sought refuge and were granted refugee status, or were granted asylum because of political prosecution. Why can those who violated immigration law in most cases stay, while those who follow the legal way are just being ignored. How long do US citizens and veterans still have to wait to be united with their children? Another 10 years of waiting? I just pray by that when the time comes they are still alive. Just look at the priority date for 1st and 3rd preference, 1988, and only 23,400 allocated? I hope the US government will notice this unfairness to its own citizens compared to the non-citizens. I hope the legislatures can do something. The citizens need your help.

Maria B.
Daughter of US Citizens & Veterans


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