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Dear Editor:

Your featured article by AILF, Making a Difference in America--Immigrants Continue to Benefit Our Nation (Immigration Daily, 5/3/02) was comprehensive. It enumerates the many contributions that immigrants are making. I appreciate that the comments made were referenced as to their bases in fact. The immigrants in majority that are making these contributions are of Mexican origin.

The question has been raised as to why I favor that Mexican immigrants should receive special consideration. The answer to this can be found in President Bush’s words. In his Cinco de Mayo radio address he stated that that the United States and Mexico [along with Canada] share a continent and have common goals. He considers Mexico a top foreign policy, he said. He went on to state: “the hard work of the Mexican immigrant enriches America”; that the two countries have “common values and shared cultures” and he renewed his pledge “to help the entire American `familia’ achieve prosperity and peace”.

As to the president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, the president referred to him as “a good friend” and “a great patriot, a man of honest talk and convictions”.

As I have written before, President Fox is making good on his part of the agreement signed between President Bush and himself. Mexico has arrested several big drug dealers and is patrolling its side of the border. In Geneva at the meeting of the Human Rights Commission of the UN, Mexico joined with 23 other nations to exhort Cuba to improve its respect for human rights. The vote against Cuba marks the first time in 43 years that Mexico has not acted as an apologist for the communist government of Cuba. This took resolution on the part of President Fox and his new government. President Fox is a man of courage, but formidable opposition in the Mexican congress exists against him as he carries out the promises he made to his people. President Bush needs to extend all of the help he can to his neighbor who he claims as “a good friend”. The welfare and future of his countrymen working in our country is of great concern to the Mexican president and President Bush has promised to help with this.

President Bush’s responses to questions about immigration repeatedly have been: “I do believe that when we find a willing employer and a willing employee we ought to match the two. We ought to make it easier for people who want to employ somebody, who are looking for workers, to be able to hire people who want to work.”

That is what President Vincente Fox believes, too. It remains for our president to put his own words into action.

Richard E. Baer, D.V.M.

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