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Dear Editor:
Chucky raises some interesting observations as to whether an "amnesty" will "solve" our nation's immigration problems, and the ILW.COM editorial of May 11, 2004, raises further issues concerning both the Democrat's and the Administration's focus on family-based, rather than employment based immigration programs. Here we predictably go again. None of it will work. What we need is a complete and total re-thinking of our archaic immigration laws, regulations, and policies - abominations such as the concept of dual intent, abandonment of petitions and applications without first obtaining advance parole; employment authorization being issued for less than the estimated processing time of adjustment applications, etc. Instead of an Amnesty Program, there should arise a clean, lean machine, that addresses the realities of twenty-first century immigration. Acronyms are cleaver, but they SOLVE nothing, they just postpone the inevitable - yet one more amnesty twenty years later. Although at this point it seems to be the only short-term solution to prophylacticly resolve our country's overwhelming problem of illegal immigration, amnesty simply will not serve to better the interests of the US in the long-run. In 1987, after the application period for the amnesty program of 1986 sunseted, the first question out of the mouths of would-be illegal alien clients in my office was "When will the next amnesty be?" I told them I did not know. Now, almost 20 years later, I can tell them, "Soon, my son, soon . . . ", the gods in Washington have heard your prayers. The politicians have failed over the past twenty years to remodel our immigration laws and system, and we have the mess on our hands that we face today. Now I ask, as Peter Paul & Mary sang in the '60's, "When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?"

David D. Murray, Esq.
Newport Beach, CA



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