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Illegal immigrants: Asset or liability?

Dan Rodricks used the example of an illegal immigrant who became a doctor and saved a woman's life to illustrate the wonderful asset illegal immigrants can be ("'Illegals' and the next economy," May 15).

In the interest of fair and balanced commentary, I wish he would have compared the number of illegal immigrants who save someone's life to the number who commit violent crimes — like the "thrill-kill" murder of three New Jersey college students who were shot in the head in a school yard by an illegal immigrant.

There are many more victims of rape, murder, assault, etc., that Mr. Rodricks could ask about their gratitude to illegal immigrants. He could also ask law enforcement officials how grateful they are to illegal immigrants such as gang members.

Laurin Motsay, Baltimore

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