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Dear Editor:
A couple of days ago, Mr. Alexander stated that the Census data (stating that immigrants are 20% of the US population) was for households in which at least one head of the household was an immigrant. I was puzzled by this statement, because it seems to say that if one head of a household is an immigrant, the whole household would be considered to be immigrant. It would seem then than in the case of an American native married to an immigrant, counting the American native as an "immigrant" would inflate the number of actual, real immigrants. Would the taxes paid by this American citizen be part of the AILA figures of taxes paid by immigrants? If they weren't, the tax figures might have been understated. Mr. Alexander also referred to the responsibility of parents to support their children. Just for the record, I would like to say that parents in Ecuador do have this duty. However, as far as I know it is not part of it the duty to pay a fair share of taxes, but I cannot certify this since I am not an Ecuadorian attorney. I studied law in the US and I am an attorney in the state of Oregon. I passed the bar exam last year, and I remember studying both Federal Income Tax and Oregon's Family Law. I don't remember any reference to the paying of taxes as part of a parent's duty to support his or her children, but the proposition does not strike me as wrong per se. It might be the case, although it would seem that they are two different types of duties, derived from different types of legal relationships, and with different purposes.

Juan Aguiar



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