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Dear Editor:
Endorsements of 245(i) amnesty, as if there are no alternatives, are myopic as more appropriate solutions are available as have been discussed in this forum, most recently by Ali Alexander who suggested sanctions against employers. All such policies that would decrease the out of control immigration invasion should be pursued including a vigorous deportation program. It should be obvious to anyone except special interests that accommodating legals and illegals only leads to more excessive numbers that effects US in many negative ways as discusses. The deportation program that was pursued in 1954 was highly successful and the deterrent effect was great. Most Americans have expressed the overdue need today to reduce immigration With severe unemployment and government budget problems, our situation now is much changed from that of 200 years ago, and no amount of nostalgic reference to earlier years, idealistic novels and poems or attempts to alter definitions of invasion or illegal aliens will change that. Comedian Robin Williams recently came out with a common sense, Ten Point Peace Plan that captures this new mood and includes the following in reference to immigration:  " We will withdraw our troops from all over the world. They don't want us there. ....[deleted for copyright reasons]. The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying 'Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.' She's got a baseball bat and she's yelling, 'You want a piece of me'?" Excessive immigration advocates need to face the reality that particularly since 9/11, Americans want less immigration, not more, with cheapened citizenship by fiat and/or illegal entry. For those who require something more inspiring and less direct than Mr. Williams plan or actual reality, I have included Sir Walter Scott's "My Native Land" from "The Lay of the 14st Minstrel," CANTO VI. "Breathes there the man with soul so dead Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, As home his footsteps he hath turned From wandering on a foreign strand? If such there breathe, go, mark him well; For him no minstrel raptures swell; High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim, Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentrated all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonored, and unsung." This is called "love of country" and "patriotism" and while others should always be treated with respect, their concerns should not come before our own.

R. L. Ranger