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Getting 'Green Card'

July 06, 1986

I read with keen interest the four articles on JoAnne Akalaitis' play "Green Card" (" 'Green Card': Four Points of View," June 29).

Although our immigration policies should come under close scrutiny, I become dismayed when people either forget or don't acknowledge what the American ideology represents and its relation to societal problems (immigration, in this instance).

The United States is, and has long been, the world leader in political, intellectual and philosophical ideas. Warts and all, America is the country the oppressed clamor for. If you're looking for freedom and opportunity, look no further.

It is our own insecurities that foster racism, not any real danger from someone who doesn't look like us or talk like us. It is up to us to teach our children more tolerant attitudes.

Immigrants? Sure, they feel alienated. Sure, they find it difficult to assimilate. Sure, they suffer very real indignities. But where on Earth would they find it any less so?

ROBERT McAULEY

Temple City

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