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Dear Editor:
I read with interest your comments on border security and EWI's. I have traveled extensively, and worked in immigration law for many years. I lived in Mexico for over a year. The security/border problem seems very simple to me, buyt it will take a drastic re-make of our thinking regarding our neighbors to the south. We have over 2,000 miles of extrtemely rugged border with Mexico. On the other hand, this entire continent is surrounded by water, down to the Panama Canal. It is much easier to patrol the water, including with high-tech equipment, than the land. We need to make Mexico's border more porous like Canada's, and focus our security efforts on international airports like Mexico City and Torono, and on patrolling and monitoring the waters surrounding us. The oceans have always protected us. We need to start looking at Mexico as our partnener and neighber, and invite in their workers -- and build up the Mexican economy. This will fight both corruption and the drug trade, and help slow the flow of immigrants, due to better paying jobs in Mexico. Obviously, this will take a revolution in our thinking. But after 9/11, it would seem that such a change should be at least seriously considered.

James A. Benzoni
Des Moines, Iowa



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