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Unfair Application of Immigration Policy

June 23, 2005

Re "Suspects Chafing in Ankle Monitors," June 21: Requiring undocumented worker Juan Chavez to wear an ankle bracelet and undergo electronic surveillance for 10 weeks because he "got job after job in Northern California without the required work permits" epitomizes the hypocrisy of how our immigration laws are crafted and prosecuted.

If Chavez belongs in ankle bracelets, so does the guy who hired him; so do I, and more than likely, so do you, dear citizen reader.

Let those who have never hired an undocumented gardener, baby-sitter, farmworker or handyman cast the first stone.

The rest of us, however, owe Chavez an apology and some gratitude for his hard work.

David Howard

Ojai

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