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Dear Editor:
The absence of progress after years of talks and political posturing regarding the undocumented immigrant is frustrating. The refrain, of those that are opposed, that the workers deserve no consideration because they "broke the law" is shallow and without feeling. The worker is today’s "Jean Val jean" version of the hero in Victor Hugo’s epic novel "Les Miserables"---- a novel with which most of us are acquainted either from the book, the movie, or the musical. (Les Miserables is the story of Jean Val jean whose theft of a loaf of bread because he was starving condemns him to a long sentence in prison from which he escapes. He spends his life on the run and is hunted for that lifetime by Javert, the policeman, whose search for Val jean becomes an obsession just because he "broke the law".) The undocumented immigrants live their long sentence in the shadows from which they cannot seem to escape. It is the "Javerts" who have an obsession against any form of consideration because the undocumented "broke the law" and it is they [the Javerts] who clamor for deportation no matter what hardships it entails. "They broke the law".

Richard E. Baer



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