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Dear Editor:
To set the record straight, Douglas G. Rivlin, Director of Communication National Immigration Forum in his letter to the Editor states: "The Public Agenda and the Carnegie Corporation of New York are releasing a poll of immigrants with interesting results on assimilation, integration and other issues (click here for Public Agenda's press release)." However, reading that press release (if it is credible - sorry, I'm a cynical old lawyer) actually, although cryptically claims only that the Carnegie Corporation ( ) provided grant money to them, but does not claim the Carnegie Corporation participated in the poll, released the poll, or endorsed the results of the poll, which the press release seems to suggest. In fact, although cryptically noted, the survey and its results appears from the press release to be fully the work of an organization called "Public Agenda", which claims in the release to be " . . . a national nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research organization located in New York City, is well respected for its influential public opinion polls and its balanced citizen education materials." Whatever that rhetoric means. Furthermore, the release goes on to say that the source of the data is apparently contained in a publication entitled "Now That I'm Here", authored by Steve Farkas, Ann Duffett and Jean Johnson, and claims that it is based on a national telephone survey of 1,002 foreign-born adults aged 18 or older who came to live in the US when they were at least 5 years old. Now, obviously, this is an unabashed plug for the sale of the publication, but hey, this is capitalism at its best . . . get a grant from a charitable institution, conduct a survey, write about it, and sell it anywhere you can - and pocket the cash, but let us not be misled into thinking the Carnegie Corporation endorses the poll, but rather accept or reject the poll's purported results based upon the credibility of the grant-hungry organization who claims they took the poll . . . . misleading, poorly written press release and all. You'd think that if grant money paid for the research that they would release the data on the internet for free but hey, even students need to eat. Unrevealed in Mr. Rivlin's letter is that his organization, Communication National Immigration Forum, which can be accessed at is that the Forum is an organization dedicated to "embrace and uphold America's tradition as a nation of immigrants" and "advocates and builds public support for public polices that welcome immigrants and refugees that are fair and supportive to newcomers in our country."

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA

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