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Dear Editor:
In Immigration Daily dated 6/20/02, you published a letter from the Los Angeles Office of the National Immigration Law Center asking for support for legislation to legalize students who are in the U.S. illegally if they meet certain criteria. In the letter the writer(s) referred to FAIR (the Federation for American Immigration Reform) as "anti-immigrant".

I have been a member of FAIR for several years and recently attended the lobbying effort in Washington, D.C. I'm not "anti-immigrant" nor is FAIR. We would like to see a reduction in the present rate of legal immigration and a lot less illegal immigration. We don't believe that this country can adequately cope with the present rates of immigration, and we're concerned about the threats to national security caused by lax enforcement.

I'm sure that there are a few people in the "reductionist" movement who are anti-immigrant, just as I'm sure that there are people in the "pro-immigrant" movement who favor no borders at all. It's no more correct to say that everyone who favors a reduction in immigration is "anti-immigrant" than it is to say that everyone who is "pro-immigrant" favors open borders.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME


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