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Dear Editor:
I see a lot of opinions about "expected" 245(i) and I do not think it will help. I took advantage of Clinton's 245(i) amnesty, paid $4000 to an immigration consultants company and filed an ETA-750 on April 31, 2001 with the Department of Labor (DOL) in Tallahassee, FL. I checked out the status of my ETA-750 in December 2002 and I was told, they are working on date April 17, 2001 and because more ETA-750 from this amnesty still need to be worked on, I can expect an answer in the next 2-3 years. I checked out the latest status last week and I was told they are working on the first week of April 2001 (they went even back in the last 6 months). How many years it takes to get just through an ETA-750? (And there is point to waiting because the restaurant which applied for me doesn't exist anymore.) If I could get my greencard I can work as a financial manager (as I did in my country) with my experience and university degree and I would be able to make over $100K a year. By paying taxes I would benefit this country more then I do now where I work 31 days a month, 9 hours per day at night as a member of the floor crew for a nationwide chain store working, contracted out for minimum wage, without overtime pay. I do not pay taxes (and neither does my employer who contracts me out) and sometimes I do not get a paycheck at all but I can't complain because I'm undocumented. I believe that the new 245(i) will not solve anything, it will give just false hope to more people, working now as slaves - without documents, benefits, insurance, the ability to get paid for their work, driving cars without a drivers license and insurance, etc.... There are big backlogs at the DOL and BCIS. The only way to resolve this problem is to provide full amnesty to all undocumented aliens and have BCIS hire more workers to reduce the backlog. To fund the additional hiring needs, I would charge for example a $5000 fee for an expedited green card.

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