The article by Mark Krikorian in Immigration Daily's December 31, 2003 issue, entitled, "Fewer Immigrants, A Warmer Welcome: Fixing A Broken Immigration Policy", is a welcome, and intelligently conceived, analysis of our broken immigration policy and procedure. Regardless of one's views, either liberal or conservative, logical or emotional, on the issue of U.S. immigration policy, there is no doubt that logic, rather than emotion, must fix the system. Mr. Krikorian's comprehensive observations and suggestions have come the closest to the logical reality of fix than any I have seen offered to date. In forging the future of U.S. immigration policy, the Bush administration would be wise in seeking the counsel of voices in tune with the expression of Mr. Krikorian in this article. The bottom line is that the Bush administration must take swift and decisive action, devoid of politics and special interest pandering, to completely re-write our archaic and piece-meal immigration law and fragmented regulations, and to adequately fund and staff the adjudication section of the Citizenship & Immigration Service and the DOL/ETA Labor Certification process. There simply can be nothing less than a total solution to the immigration mess in which we find ourselves on the last day of the year 2003 - The "band-aid" approach by slapping on salves and adhesives to our non-responsive immigration laws and regulations that we have seen since the last major re-write of immigration law in 1957 simply will not work any longer. Let us hope that amid the controversy over foreign policy and political campaign rhetoric, in 2004 somebody in Washington, D.C., will be listening -- with eyes wide open.
David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA
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