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Dear Editor:

My letter of 5/13/02 was as explicit and as clear in expressing my convictions as my command of the English language permitted me. I left no room for speculation on what “he implies” or on what “he appears to be in favor of”. It was as factual as I could make it. I never assume I know what someone else is thinking or implies and one should not assume the same about me.

My principle concern is and has always been for the plight of the 3 million or so undocumented Mexican workers in this country-- a concern that one writer ungraciously labeled as “my pitch”.

What the year 2100 will bring, we can only conjecture. The writer who speculates that by the year 2100, “we could well be at about 1 billion people” does just that; he conjectures. He does not make it clear of whom the 1 billion people would consist: A population of 1 billion? 1 billion immigrants? He qualifies his statement with “if present trends continue”? What are the present trends that must continue?

I suggest that the writer limit his concerns to just the next ten years and that he read the well-documented testimony presented on 4/06/02 to the U.S. Senate by the president of AILA, Steve Ladik, in which he recounts, among other testimony, the present and the future labor needs of this country by the year 2010 as reported by The American Health Care Association, the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the American Meat Institute, the Association of General Contractors, the Building Service Contractor Association International, The National Association of Home Builders, the National Restaurant Association, the National Roofing Contractors’ Association and the US. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Ladik’s other testimony on immigration is also relevant and “must reading”. It provides real information on immigration and covers concerns that are more important than what may happen a hundred years from now.

Who can say what will happen in another one hundred years? Think of all that has occurred in the past 100 years (since 1900): The invention of the automobile, the airplane, radio, television, computer technology, the atomic age, cellular phones, trips to the moon, voyages to outer space, and more. I wager that the next 100 years will be even more spectacular and will probably provide scientific, social and political changes that we cannot even imagine at this point in time.

Richard E. Baer, D.V.M.