Not satisfied with misrepresenting the immigration law, Ali Alexander in his Feb. 21 letter is now rewriting your excellent editorial piece on the unreality of our immigration law to suit his favorite theme that illegal immigrants are bad law-breakers who had a legal choice. He claims ILW.COM said that the problem is, in his terminology, the "legal avenues are overwhelmed," when you pointed out that for many immigrants, legal avenues are absent. There is not even a queue to get in. People granted TPS or allowed to apply for legal status in the US under 245i are not taking anything away from the family members waiting in the long lines outside the US based on the existing numerical limits. The limits are current for all employment-based categories. INS fees pay for the processing of the applications, and INS can add staff as numbers of applications increase. I don't see Mr. Alexander's letter recommending that the quotas for family members be increased to promote family reunification. If Mr. Alexander just thinks there are too many immigrants, period, and there should be no more avenues to gain legal status, he should say so, instead of misrepresenting the law.
Responding to Alexander's Feb. 20 letter, I see he is again saying that the "illegal workers" are only undocumented because they and their employers fail to follow available legal means. He claims to be knowledgable about "immigration issues and policy." He implies he knows the law when he condemns the unfortunate as just not being law-abiding. For example, the high school graduate whose parents brought him here as a child is not to blame for his undocumented status. He is also not eligible for H-2A, H-2B or employment-based green cards under our current laws. The employer who wants to help will find there is no legal avenue for this ordinary scenario. If Mr. Alexander agrees with today's laws, that is his privilege. However, he should not misrepresent their impact on people.
Eleanor Kaplan Adams, Esq.
San Diego, CA
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