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Dear Editor:
Thanks for publishing An Unlikely Fit: Will Long-Term Residents Apply for A Temporary Status?. As a leader in my American church and community, I know some couples that have been here for more than 18 years with children that soon will become 21 years old and be able to sponsor their parents as long there is a law that allow it. They paid for their education, worked in all kind of odd jobs to provide for their family, always paying taxes, and never did need the government as many xenophobes preach. For me they behave better than many Americans living here for many generations, which have our freedom for granted. Instead of painting the immigrants in our country as criminals, we need to know that many of them were forced to come here by themselves, without the government help because the immigration system does not work, and they had to flee the dictatorship in their countries. Therefore their answer for president Bush proposal is: "Thanks Mr. President, but there will be a better and more humane opportunity for us as a recognition for our hardwork and love for the USA and the American family we proudly formed". Thanks for clarifying in your editorial the percentage that the government use to pay for immigration fees, and what is the real intention of raising the immigration fees by an average of U$55.00. I can see clearly that this raise will not diminish the backlog if the true intention of the government is to replace the subsidy that it does today. It will indeed just complicate the process that is already very complicated.

M. Schwartz