- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 19, 2002

Thanks for drawing attention to a very important issue fixing the many legal loopholes in immigration and border policies that allowed terrorists to enter our nation and kill thousands (“Approval seen on visa rules,” Jan. 15).

While Attorney General John Ashcroft has been actively pursuing the war on terror, Congress has been shamefully irresponsible when it comes to immigration-related legislation.

We shouldn't be surprised the open-borders lobby lost little time getting back to normal after the September 11 atrocities. When Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, sensibly suggested a six-month moratorium on foreign student visas to reorganize that dysfunctional system, she was hammered by higher education, which has become addicted to the fat checkbooks of foreign students. At the other end, ethnic students protested at her San Francisco office, calling her bill “racist, xenophobic, and part of [Mrs. Feinsteins] generally xenophobic anti-immigrant agenda.”

Congress must ignore the dangerous voices that care only about their own selfish agendas while putting the nation as a whole at risk. It's time to crack down on open borders. Our safety depends on it.


BRENDA WALKER

Berkeley, Calif.

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