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Dear Editor:

I think there is a lot of soft violations going on, which almost amount to abuse by the Employers.

The insecurity of the foreign workers is exploited by one and all employers. Wether it is "self motivated" extra hours in the software industry or the gradual prolongation of the J-1 waiver requirements for physicians.

I think this lawsuit against Tyson Foods will fortify the immigration laws, give confidence to legal immigrant workers that the labor laws are real and applicable. Hopefully It will prevent violations of labour laws by greedy employers who intimidate immigrant workers to extract more work or more intense man-hours from them.

After 9/11 more employers are exposed to the news of the third world and realize the depth of the North-South economic imbalance. The realization that the stakes are very high for the immigrant is going to motivate most employers to to raise the stakes using either patriotism or increased vigilance as an excuse.

I am surprised that it has not already happened in the immigration process. After all if I had a cheap foreign worker, the best interest of my business depend on continued maintenance of all three, it would be logical to prefer that the worker remain "cheap," "foreign" and "continue working."

Goods Business it seems is at odds with the spirit of the Labour and Immigration laws. I may be wrong but that is just my opinion.

A. Khan