Ms. Jacobs's letter sees "racism" in Mr. Krikorian's comments. There certainly is racism, which Mr. Krikorian reported, on the part of those who created the lottery in the hope that it would facilitate immigration of (white) Irish illegal immigrants, and those who maintain it because they believe that it still serves that end. Ms. Jacobs manages to totally discount the main thrust of Mr. Krikorian's argument: that the preponderance of Third World immigrants we are getting through the lottery are undesirable, not because of their race, but because the lottery has minimal requirements for entry. The lack of requirements facilitates fraud and even criminal and terrorist activity, while at the same time requiring manpower and resources which could be better spent on providing services to other immigrants. Ms. Jacobs doesn't take her suggested modifications to the lottery program far enough. We should be using multiple criteria, including skills, education, knowlege of English, and family connections for ALL our would-be immigrants. To do so would eliminate the need for any so-called diversity programs and would produce the diversity of opportunity not present under our "family-reunification-based" system.
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