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The Aug. 6 lead editorial on identification of illegal immigrants tossed around a lot of scare words about Big Brother but carefully avoided any constructive thoughts about the actual problem of controlling immigration.

If the paper's position is simply to allow uncontrolled immigration as implied in your phrase "some cures are worse than the ailments they seek to remedy," why not just say so?In fact, open borders may just be a good idea. I'd like to see a bill introduced in Congress to that effect. At least we wouldn't be discriminating against the better class of immigrants who would come if it were legal rather than the illegals who specifically choose to be lawbreakers in coming here and who often stay on the wrong side of our laws, e.g., the 26 percent of federal prison inmates who Attorney General Janet Reno tells us are illegal aliens from Mexico.

Open immigration would have a strong effect, likely for the better. It's little recognized that the legal immigrants who enter the United States currently almost invariably are better educated than the native population, regardless of race or ethnicism with the single exception of Mexicans, who unfortunately also are by far the most numerous illegals entering.

If we're not going to stop illegals from coming in, we should open the legal doors wide and at least get the benefits as well as the liabilities.

As with any other law, if we do not adopt open immigration, we need more than a slack, lax, half-hearted effort at current laws.

With all the hoops an employer must go through in hiring today, it's downright laughable to read your editorial that checking documents is "time consuming and frustrating," so "many" employers "simply don't bother." Obviously the writer hasn't hired anybody lately. Employers who hire illegals at cheap wages are not heroes or helpful. Welfare is the next step to fill out the rest of an income. Or theft. Pete Wilson isn't kidding when he describes what problems illegals are causing. Toss a few scofflaw employers in jail, and the situation will change rapidly.

Paul Gottfredson

Salt Lake City