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Incessant attacks on illegal immigrants aim to make all immigrants fearful

Correcting the deceptions, vitriol and misinformation of the immigrant bashers posted on this page is a full time job for someone with more time on their hands than myself. But several recent posts contain logical fallacies that shouldn't be ignored.

Letter writer Edward Kreinheder, for example, implies that illegal immigrants are recipients of government benefits ("Deport illegal immigrant lawbreakers," March 1). There are no government benefits available for illegal immigrants like Julio Cesar Ayala, the Salvadoran grandfather of six whose cover was blown when he responded to a family emergency by using a car and was caught driving without a license.

Similarly, columnistRobert L. Ehrlich Jr.implies that illegal immigrants threaten to undermine the electoral process by casting illegal ballots ("Voter ID laws uphold system's integrity," Feb. 26). I can imagine no reason why someone like Mr. Ayala, who was striving to remain invisible after overstaying his visa, would be foolhardy enough to attempt to register to vote. With the threat of deportation via the Secure Communities Act hanging over them, why would any undocumented individual attempt to vote or obtain government assistance, even if it were possible for them to do so?

The biggest lie is that only illegal, as opposed to legal, immigrants are targeted by this incessant ill-will. Virtually everyday someone bashing immigrants appears in your letters column or online. I can only imagine that the legions of immigrant-haters must think it's their patriotic duty to intimidate and discourage legally eligible voters just because of their skin color, language or accent.

Paul R. Schlitz Jr., Baltimore

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