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Dear Editor:
Richard Baer's letter to the Editor asked how I went to slavery and prostitution in my previous letter. There are many would-be immigrants to this country who literally sell themselves into slavery and prostitution in order to get a foothold in this country--which shows their willingness to do anything and everything they have to. The domestic worker from Africa who is brought over legally, then kept in virtual slavery. The Chinese illegal immigrant who works as a prostitute to pay off a debt to her smuggler--or in a sweatshop (yes, they still exist, despite being illegal). So, why would we think that such immigrants will let a little thing like putting up with a boss that sexually harasses you or otherwise abuses you, or accepting low wages, stop them. A fundamental reason illegal workers have low wages is their lack of education and skills--which won't go away with legalization or a guest worker program. Such workers will have to compete for jobs against each other, and, if illegal immigration is not stopped, against a continuing influx of illegal workers. And how do workers compete with each other? By accepting lower wages. By putting up with dangerous conditions or illegal treatment.

Ali Alexander



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