Immigration Requirements `a Must' in US

I thank the author for his clear front-page article ``Surge in Immigration to US Raises Public Anxiety, Spurs a Showdown in Congress,'' Dec. 17: I myself am an immigrant, but from a different era (1954), and also a refugee from Indonesia.

I would welcome a waiting list, reduced quotas, health examinations, sponsors who would be financially responsible for those immigrants whom they support, an English requirement so that immigrants can find jobs in the United States, and a five-year residency requirement, which is essential for citizenship. The US should also revoke the right of citizenship for anyone born in the US to foreign parents.

We do not need more people to furnish jobs; there are enough unemployed to illustrate that. I do hope that former US Rep. Barbara Jordan (D) of Texas - whom the president appointed to search for answers on immigration reform - comes to the right conclusions and solutions. Instead of immigration, we should encourage birth control and family planning - the lack of such programs is at the root of the problem. Afke L. Doran, Silverton, Ore.

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