Years ago it was unthinkable that smart, ambitious and college-educated young people would have trouble finding entry level work ("Slow start," May 12). Today, this youthful demographic has been simultaneously dumped on a shrinking employment market and also burdened with horrendous student loans.

To me, it's just another example of our country's war on the middle class. Considering this glut of a highly trained, highly motivated generation, why is there a need to add immigration reform to the mix as it will only increase competition? Already, the State Department issues too many visas for jobs in technology, and when the path to citizenship for millions becomes a reality, it will only increase the numbers scrambling for a decent job.

Furthermore, each summer (and also winter) hundreds of thousands of non- citizens are granted visas and encouraged to take temporary positions at our beaches, parks and at resorts. So many people I know remark about the "foreign invasion" of Ocean City and similar places when they return from vacation.

It's time to stop the war on the middle class. It's crucial today that young people struggling for a piece of the American dream recognize they must stand up for their rights. Without a robust middle class, the United States will cease enjoying the culture and standards of living we take for granted. Let's protect what we have, and that includes opportunity and placement in good jobs for our college graduates!

R.N. Ellis, Baltimore