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Dear Editor:
In his last letter to the editor, Dr. Richard E. Baer states that "245(i) in and of itself will not resolve the immigration problem." I wholeheartedly agree; it will "resolve" nothing, but it will provide many people fairness, or at least the appearance of fairness. Why do these people, lawbreakers, deserve to be treated fairly? Simply because this is the United States of America, land of the brave and the free. Although not perfect, founded under the principles of fairness and all things good. Let us not waiver from those principles, but let us unitedly strengthen them for the good of the country. Presently, the American immigration system gives false hope to many and frustration to a few, but benefits many. However, the immigration system, both law and procedure, is antiquated and broken and needs to be replaced, not repaired; replaced with no-nonsense, non-political logic, not just an overhaul of a broken system with "thumb-in-the-dike" patches, as has occurred periodically since the last replacement in 1956, in a much different time. Dr. Baer goes on to say, "It would be only a partial solution." Again, I wholeheartedly agree. It will be a partial solution, because it will treat those who will benefit under it fairly and give them a chance to receive the same benefits as others who met the all too short deadline for filing provided by the Clinton Administration, while at the same time not addressing or resolving the real problems with our present immigration system that fosters scoff-laws and penalizes many law abiders. Dr. Baer further says, "Those who propose it are doing so to garner American-Hispanic votes." Again, I wholeheartedly agree, and lament that politics is the prime motivating factor of the Bush Administration, rather than fairness and true concern - a fact borne out by the all too obvious lack of an administration-backed comprehensive repair solution at a time when the party of the administration is the party of power in both the House and the Senate - a good time for sweeping reform. And finally, Dr. Baer says, "What is needed is complete immigration reform.", a subject I mentioned in my last letter to the Editor, and again, I wholeheartedly agree with Dr. Baer. If all factions, pro and contra, who are concerned with immigration issues, would work together to pressure the US government, our government, "Of the people, for the people, and by the people.", to make significant changes to important, and now generations-old issues such as healthcare, social security, and yes, immigration, we as a people might find a common ground toward progress. However, no progress will be achieved through divisive criticism, misdirected in Immigration Daily letters to the Editor toward undeserving parties. Or, as the Republicans so coyly coined to atone their sins during the Watergate scandal of the Nixon Administration, "Business as usual." United we stand, divided we fall, and if the people of the United States of America do not soon unite, the present trends in politics will assure a fall and "Business as usual" will continue to be the norm in the US, all to our detriment. And that is a fact.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA