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Letter of the day: Is our immigration policy fair?

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It piques my interest why the aliens from South America, mostly children, are called illegal immigrants, but the hundreds of thousands of Cubans who arrive here are called “refugees.” Is it because they are considered political refugees as opposed to economic refugees, such as those from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, etc.?

Most of us are familiar with the “wet foot, dry foot” policy for those coming from Cuba. If they are intercepted in water between Cuba and the U.S., they are considered “wet foot” and sent back. If they manage to reach land, they are considered “dry foot” and are allowed to stay and apply for citizenship.

Haitians and Dominicans can arrive on the same boat as Cubans and are denied entry while the Cubans are permitted in.

This observation is not to single out Cuban immigrants. It is simply to question the fairness of our policy toward those who seek asylum in our wonderful country.

Marilyn B. Signer

Lakeland

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