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DOES SPORTS PROWESS COUNT FOR ASYLUM?

I am writing about the Sabres' Russian catch, Alexander Mogilny, or rather about the means used to get him.

I am not a sports enthusiast, but I do take pride in Western New York's athletic achievements.

One wonders how many people from Central America, earnestly seeking refuge here, were refused entry by some minor Immigration & Naturalization Service official and sent back to certain torture and death. This because they had no powerful, wealthy organization such as the Sabres to speak for them.

Do we have a double standard? Does the end justify the means? The answers seem obvious.

VIRGINIA FRIEDMAN
Blasdell

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