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'Crossing the Line'

October 19, 1988

In response to "Immigration Law: Dilemma Deepens for Churches," Metro, Oct. 15:

After reading this thoughtful piece of reporting, I must conclude I have real empathy and respect for those clergy (and others) whose values and views are in deep conflict on the illegal alien laws.

However, no matter how many passages from the Scriptures are quoted to support civil disobedience (granting jobs to illegals, etc.), we live in a constitutional democracy.

It is my clear understanding that no matter the degree of difference and in this case, moral pain, the first and last law of the land--above the Scriptures--is the U.S. Constitution and the laws enacted by the judiciary process.

We must live by our civil laws or become a country whose values do not reflect the content and intent of the Constitution.

BETTY B. GRAUMAN

Beverly Hills

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