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Dear Editor:
The National Immigration Forum issued the following press release.

Members of Congress and advocacy organizations that want to reduce legal immigration are using the second anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks to drum up support for nativist immigration policies. However, as they try to drive a wedge between the native-born and immigrants, it is important to remember that immigrants are part of the fabric of our nation. Like everyone else, immigrants were devastated by the events of 9-11; and like everyone else, they have been critical contributors as America defends herself and recovers from the attacks. Immigrants Were Among The Heroes And Victims Of 9-11: According to the U.S. State Department, an estimated one out of every six people to perish in the World Trade Center was foreign-born or held citizenship of another country -- some 494 victims from 90 countries. As firefighters, police, paramedics, steelworkers, doctors, and volunteers, immigrants were among the ordinary people who did extraordinary things to help on that tragic day. Immigrant Workers Were Critical To Rebuilding The Pentagon: The Phoenix Project, which rebuilt the damaged Pentagon in record time, had a workforce in which immigrants from thirty countries were represented. Immigrants from Central America and other parts of Latin America played a critical role in this massive reconstruction effort, and making up approximately 40 percent of the crew, forfeiting weekends and vacations to complete the project ahead of schedule. (See U.S. Symbol, Latino Muscle; Many Workers Restoring Pentagon Are Immigrants, Proud of Efforts, Washington Post, April 4, 2002) Immigrants Are Serving This Country in Our Armed Forces and Making the Ultimate Sacrifice: In Afghanistan, Iraq, Liberia, and around the world, immigrants, some not yet citizens, are serving in the military with distinction. More than 60,000 immigrants serve on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and make up nearly 5 percent of all enlisted personnel on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Nearly 7 percent of U.S. Navy enlisted personnel are immigrants. Approximately 109,400 Hispanics serve in the military as enlisted personnel, with an additional 7,700 officers. There are approximately 3,500 Arab Americans serving in the armed forces. Immigrants Have Made Significant Contributions To The Defense Of America: More than 20 percent of the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor in U.S. wars have been immigrants (716 of the 3,406 Medal of Honor recipients); 39 recipients have been Hispanic. Half a million immigrants fought in the Union Army during the Civil War. A special regimental combat team made up of the sons of Japanese immigrants was the most decorated of its size during World War II. Major U.S. weapons, such as a more advanced ironclad ship, the submarine, the helicopter, and the atomic and hydrogen bombs were developed by immigrants. As the nation continues to recover and rebuild, we should be standing shoulder to shoulder to bring our nation together, ensure national security, and build unity out of our diversity.

Douglas G. Rivlin
National Immigration Forum