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Dear Editor:
I commend the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Baltimore, and Wheat Ridge Ministries, Itasca, Ill. for their humanitarian concern for immigrants, assylees and refugees through grants for such things as computer literacy classes, English as a second language (ESL) instruction, childcare for parents taking ESL classes, art classes, food bank development and newcomer acculturation. However, we are back to the age-old problem of defining the word "immigrant". I will stand by my definition of "immigrant", which is "A non-US person lawfully in the United States in other than non-immigrant status. People who are in the US without lawful authorization, are law breakers. If the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is aiding, abetting and harboring law breakers and providing humanitarian aid to them, in lieu of American citizens and people who have immigrated to the United States lawfully or as a bonafide assylee or refugee, I wonder if their compassion might be misplaced and might better be directed toward those people? Remember the old "carrot and the stick" proverb, as long as the carrot is there, they will come, authorized or not, and the US certainly provides many carrots, including the LIRS and other well meaning charities that serve as magnets of opportunity for law breakers.

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA



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