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Dear Editor:

The answer to the question of illegal immigration, and "targeting" illegals instead of terrorists is really simple. (Even though the question itself is a "red herring" and has no true validity.) We are a nation of laws, not men. Every person present in the United States of America is protected by the laws of this great nation on one hand, and on the other hand has an obligation to respect, abide by and follow the laws, whether or not they agree with them, and whether or not it suits their personal or financial interests. The same applies to Americans abroad, who must follow the laws of the country they are in, or can expect to be punished - when in Rome do as the Romans do. In the United States of America, we have speeding laws, and speeders are punished when they are caught . . . because they broke the law; we have drug laws, and drug dealers are punished when they are caught . . . because they broke the law; we have antitrust and securities laws, and violators are punished . . . because they broke the law; we have laws against driving while intoxicated, and violators are punished . . . because they broke the law. Should violators of immigration law, both employers and workers alike, not be punished . . . because they broke the law? Without law there is chaos. "United we stand, divided we fall" has never been more applicable than it is now, in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks. We are told that America is a government of the people, by the people and for the people . . . we are not, or should not be a government of special interest groups with special agendas. The solution to all questions concerning immigration, both lawful and unlawful, is really simple. If the law is wrong, change it . . . but don't break it. Lawlessness leads to chaos and chaos, one small step at a time, will be the undoing of the greatest democracy on earth.

David Murray
Newport Beach, CA