Real Immigration Fix: Improve Economies

The writer of the letter ``Prop. 187: Quick Fix to Big Problem,'' Dec. 6, seems to think that Proposition 187 was meant to be some sort of quick fix of the immigration problem, and that ``nobody cares'' about it. [Editor's note: Proposition 187 is a ballot initiative passed in California Nov. 8 that would prohibit certain state services to illegal immigrants. It is being challenged in court.]

My vote for Proposition 187 had nothing to do with immigrants of any national origin. Nor did I have any illusion that this measure would solve any problem. Rather it was a refusal to reward or encourage those who were breaking the law.

The only real solution to the immigration problem is economic improvement in the country of origin - the removal of political oppression, moral corruption, and elite, wealthy caste systems based on the possession of most of the money and land - regardless of whether it is immigration from the south or from third-world countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Janice Burleigh, Vista, Calif.

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