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Dear Editor:
Mr. Ewing's article correctly points out that a few can pollute a lot, or a lot can pollute little. What he omits to mention, however, is the very point that environmentalists make: that a lot can and do pollute a lot. Does Mr. Ewing believe that immigrants to the US will not adopt our high polluting ways? Or that growing the highly polluting US population to half a billion by the next century, as could easily happen with current immigration and fertility levels, will not dramatically increase pollution? He persists in the mantra that illegal immigrants are needed by employers, when the continued high levels of immigration despite a recession and high unemployment in the US show that levels of immigration are not related to the availability of jobs in the US. Rather, they are related to poorer economic conditions elsewhere and the fact that US jobs pay relatively well, especially for workers who are willing to accept less than US workers and for companies which are willing to ignore not only immigration laws, but labor and health and safety laws as well. The latter is quite possibly the reason why Latino workers have suffered the largest numbers of injuries and deaths on the job in recent history. The former accounts for the increases in employment among Hispanics, particularly in areas such as construction, while other groups continue to suffer unemployment.

Ali Alexander



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