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NEW IMMIGRATION POLICY ADDRESSES NEEDED REFORMS

Sophie Feal's Dec. 8 letter, "Let deportable immigrants have a hearing" may make good copy, but her plea is hardly rooted in truth. The Immigration Reform Act of 1996 did much to shore up the previous immigration policy, which was weak with inconsistencies and riddled with loopholes. The new policy should remain intact.

Anyone who thinks that the recently built Federal Detention Facility in Batavia is nothing but a sea of misguided, petty criminals who otherwise led stable and productive lives is sadly mistaken.

Our nation became great due largely to the talents and toil of law-abiding immigrants passing through the portals of Ellis Island. While I agree that this country needs to accept other nations' wretched masses, there should be no room here for their wicked ones.

DAVID L. WATSON

Clarence Center

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