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Dear Editor:

Undoubtedly, the allegory of the supermarket line to 245(i) is amusing but not quite accurate. The assertion that those availing of 245(i) somehow cut in line just as one does in a supermarket reflects a misunderstanding of this section of law. Most detractors argue that those who break the law by EWI should not receive any benefits at the cost of those who enter legally. But many legal "overstays" similarly benefit from 245(i).

The assumption that individuals entering EWI are more prone to committing criminal acts is also flawed. It can be argued that these individuals are more honorable than those who intentionally mislead or lie about their immigrant intent in order to receive a visa.

Clearly, all these arguments are counterproductive and unnecessary. Such distinctions between immigrants is not conducive to establishing a viable immigration policy. The assertion that some are "cutting in line" is totally inaccurate. The Visa Priority system is in no way effected by 245(i). The best way to resolve the problem is to get rid of the line or at least reduce it in length by adding more visa numbers.

Mike Razi
Attorney At Law
Los Angeles