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Dear Editor:

"Yesterday, I was waiting in a line at the supermarket five people deep. Some dude showed up and went to the front of the line. The clerk told the guy that even though he had jumped the line, if he tipped her a dollar, she would let him get away with cutting. Before I got to the cashier nine more people pulled this same trick. After finally checking out, I realized, I should have just went to the head of line, laid my dollar down, and got of the store a young man."

Every day I talk with clients who entered this country "without inspection" even though they had approved visa petitions. These individuals decided waiting for an available priority date was to much of a hassle. Thanks to 245(i), there is a strong incentive pulling these line jumpers to the United States. Why wait overseas when you can just show up. I admire those individuals who have enough respect for the rule of law that they would prefer years of waiting over entering this country illegally. I believe that as a generalization those people who follow the letter of law, as opposed to picking and chosing which laws they wish to follow, are more likely to be law abiding citizens. We know that every single person that entered this country "without inspection," by definition, violated the law to some degree. This is not so with people who enter this country through consular processing. Knowing that every EWI began their life in this country as a law breaker, how much logic do you have to use to predict which group is more or less likely to follow the laws later on. I say that instead spending our finite resources on rewarding people who do not want to follow the rules, we should help out those people waiting for consular processing by expediting their already tremendously long waits. Why give preferred service to cheaters? 245(i) undermines the State Department's system of priority visas.

Connor Robertson


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