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Dear Editor:

I'd like to offer my "two cents' worth" on a few issues.

Recently Carolyn Ann Killea wrote that another writer was "sadly mistaken" when he said that a U.S. citizen could not be deported. She is mistaken. As far as I know they can't even be required to leave. Deportation is a formal process, requiring hearings, etc., and can be imposed only on aliens illegally in the U.S. If the aliens ordered deported have U.S. citizen children, it is up to the adults to decide where the children will live.

Christine Flowers wrote that ..."Illegal entry from our Northern Border is almost as significant as that flowing from the South." That's incorrect. The number of aliens crossing illegally - and apprehended on - the southern border is many times more than that on the northern border. Ms. Flowers offered no statistics to support her statement.

Sushil Babu recently wrote that INS has proposed rules to limit B-2 visitors to a 30-day period of admission. This is false, but is widely propagated by special interest groups. INS has proposed that the minimum period be limited to 30 days. If the visitor can explain their need, they can be given up to six months. It doesn't seem unreasonable to ask someone why they wish to remain here for 6 months. What still seems silly is that a visitor in the border area, who wishes to visit for a few hours, will automatically be given 30 days, in spite of what they need.

Richard Baer again writes that he wishes to discuss ..."possible solutions to the immigrant problem." His solution still appears to be to admit and/or legalize any aliens who wish to come to the U.S. He doesn't seem to recognize the fact that a majority of us believe that we should reduce legal immigration and should enforce our immigration laws. (The polls were provided, thanks to Ali Alexander.) We could be wrong, but Mr. Baer and those who believe as he does are going to have to convince us. You shouldn't just dismiss those whose points of view are different, particularly when there are a lot of them.

Lastly, Karmel Bowen writes (paraphrasing) that we "haves" (the U.S.) should not be surprised that the "have nots" want to come here. She implied that our standard of living gives some legitimacy to those who would come here, legally or illegally. If, however, we open the flood gates as some have suggested, our standard of living will deteriorate to the point that the magnet that draws the "have nots" will be gone. I guess then that we won't have to have this national guilty conscience about living in this country.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME