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Editor's Note: The following letter is in response to the letters to the Editor yesterday.

Dear Editor:

How wonderful it was to read three intelligent, articulate and concise letters in one day!

Ross Brady has proposed the option that I have mentioned on several occasions i.e. eliminating 245(i) while at the same time encouraging overseas visa processing. This, however, can only be done by abolishing the ridiculous and ineffective three and ten year unlawful presence bars that have been in effect since April of 1997.

Baoquin Wang makes a very good point when stating that aliens will be faced with the Hobson's choice of either not coming to the US at all (since many cannot afford to come for a mere 30 days, as will be required under proposed regs) or forcing their families to come and visit them. How arrogant our country is becoming-I just returned from a visit to Paris where, as a US citizen, I had the option of staying for up to 90 days without a visa. In forcing foreign nationals to comply with increasingly severe time restrictions, we will have to be prepared to comply with similarly stringent regulations imposed upon our own citizens.

Finally, while the visa lottery has helped a number of individuals (particularly, for example, Albanians who had no other option to escape from their fortress country) I agree with N.A. Hyman that it has outlived its usefulness. There is undeniable merit in seeking diversity in the population, but the way the numbers have been divided over the years have still guaranteed that aliens from the same certain parts of the world will have the highest percentage of admissions.

My compliments to the writers, and to ILW.COM for giving them a forum.

Christine M. Flowers
Philadelphia, PA