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Dear Editor:

In his January 16, 2002, letter Mr. Baer is comingling opposition to ILLEGAL immigration with opposition to LEGAL immigration.

I have a friend in Turkey who would dearly love to come to the US. He's applied through the diversity lottery for several years unsuccessfully. He's waiting to come legally, is fluent in English and has the education (gained in the US), skills, and financial means to support himself. He won't come illegally. Yet, Mr. Baer would have us ignore such immigrants in favor of illegal ones, who have decided that our rules don't apply to them. There are literally millions of would-be immigrants at all skill and educational levels who would be every bit as hardworking as the illegal ones, less of a burden on our social programs, and more law-abiding -- if illegal immigrants hadn't claimed the spots which should belong to them through amnesty programs such as 245i.

Next time Mr. Baer preaches fairness to illegal immigrants, he should think about the unfairness illegal immigrants are doing to those waiting to come legally.

Ali Alexander


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