Antonio Rodriguez, an attorney representing Latino interests, states in his article (Editorial Pages, March 2), "Legalization Gets an Unjust Twist," that the Immigration and Naturalization Service is unjust in the manner in which it intends to implement the new immigration law. This is another in the continual stream of protests by special interest groups attempting to weaken the enforcement of the law and maintain the flow of illegal aliens into this country.
Rodriguez says that the legalization program was the carrot used to obtain the passage of the immigration reform bill, including the sanctions provision against employers who hire illegal aliens. In fact, the legalization program was more blackmail than carrot. It was the price exacted by unscrupulous agricultural and business interests who profit from the cheap labor, by the Latino leaders who want to increase their political power base and by the Catholic church, which wants to increase its flock, before they would allow passage of an immigration reform bill to put an end to the massive influx of illegals who take jobs from American citizens.
Rodriguez further states that it is unfair to expect the applications for U.S. citizenship to pay $175 a person or $400 a family to have their application forms processed. Given the state of affairs in Mexico and all of Latin America and most other Third World countries, U.S. citizenship and the right to work here legally should be counted as a benefit of magnitude far beyond those small sums.