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Dear Editor:
In his letter on 12/18/03, Justin Randolph, Esq., wrote that he believed ..."that most of the 9/11 hijackers were in status on valid visas or otherwise and not illegals. Only a couple were in violation of the immigration laws". I've been trying to do a little research and to see if things had changed since I retired from the Border Patrol in 1995, but am fairly confident that these people were illegal from the time they were admitted or obtained their visas. Section 212 of the INA says that any alien who is a terrorist or belongs to terrorist organizations is inadmissible. Section 212(a)(3)(A) and (B) define nation security violations and terrorism. No alien can legally obtain a visa if their intent is to come to the U.S. to commit an act of terrorism or engage in terrorist activities. If they weren't "excludable at entry", they certainly were "deportable" at the time they set into motion their deadly plans. It's possible that some of the conspirators came to the US with good intentions, but I don't think many people believe that. As for the letter from "Lynne Barrows" to "Chucky", here in Maine we mow our own lawns and other "Maine-iacs" put "vegetables on our tables" and "bus our tables when we dine out". So far we're surviving quite nicely without a huge pool of illegal labor.

John H. Frecker
Baileyville, ME