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Dear Editor:

I have read the responses to my letter of January 16, which you published. In the service of my government, I spent several years working in Mexico and there I learned to appreciate the people of that country. Since my retirement back to the mid-western city of my birth, I continued my interest in the welfare of the Mexican people. I attend church services at a Spanish language church, which on Sundays is filled wall-to-wall, standing room only, with Mexicans and other Latinos who come to worship. There I see and admire the Mexican devotion to family life. I have social contact with them and am aware that many are undocumented. Most have employment, generally in menial jobs. None that I know are dependent on social services. They are all very conscientious about being law abiding, as they want to avoid problems. Many indicate they want to obtain permanent legal residence here at some time (just as my ancestors did).

Mr. Frecker, who favors immigration restriction, in his letter agrees with me: "the vast majority of them (Mexicans) are honest hard-working people who are coming here to make a decent living." These undocumented Mexicans now in our country had as much of a chance of getting here legally as I do of winning my state lottery when I never buy a ticket. As one recently told me, "We didn't come here to break a law. We came because we and our families were hungry and we had no work." It is admirable that many send as much as they do back to support their loved ones. This is not country allegiance; this is family devotion. (My grandfather did the same for his German parents years ago.) With the possible exception of the nursing profession, our country has an abundance of educated skilled personnel. It is with the low -paying unpleasant jobs that we have problems. These are the jobs that the Mexican immigrants are filling. They are the ones who bus the tables in our restaurants and wash the dishes in the kitchens. They wield the picks and shovels in our constructions. They are the gardeners who landscape our yards (the ones who actually work the dirt). They harvest the fruits and vegetables that are on our tables. They sweat in our factories and warehouses. They do the hard, menial, dirty jobs that no one else will do. Immigration regulations should consider these classes of employment and those who do these jobs now (and have been doing so without papers for many years).Their contributions should be acknowledged and they should be granted legal status.

Richard E. Baer, DVM

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