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Dear Editor:
An excerpt of a press release by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service appears below.

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) applauds President Bush for bringing immigration reform into the center of the policy debate, and looks forward to a permanent solution to America's broken immigration system. On Wednesday, President Bush began his remarks on immigration reform with a veritable hymn of praise to immigrants. He spoke of our tradition as a welcoming society, noting as a strength America's ability to integrate newcomers, and went on to lift up the many contributions immigrants have made to our country. He also said, "As a nation that values immigration, and depends on immigration, we should have immigration laws that work and make us proud." ... Evaluating President Bush's proposal in light of the effects it will have on undocumented people shows that while the proposal has some positive components, it is only an initial step in fixing our broken immigration system. LIRS looks forward to working with the Bush administration and Congress to continue the work of crafting real immigration reform that unites families, ensures worker rights and human rights, allows immigrant workers to live freely and openly in our society, and gives those willing to contribute to our economy and society a true path toward citizenship in the US.

Meg Arenberg
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service