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Letters: Employers are deportation enablers

Re "The face of deportation," Column, March 23

One cannot help being sympathetic to the plight of 10-year-old Jersey Vargas, who is going to Rome to appeal for papal intervention regarding her father's deportation. No one likes to hear of families being separated.

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But as Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez says, "We have a reality we need to find a solution to: people are already here."

They are here for a better life. But why do they stay and raise families, from whom they might later be separated? Because they get jobs.

Partly to blame are employers who fail to ascertain that their employees have the legal right to work in the United States. If employers would require proof of citizenship or other eligibility to work, fewer families would be torn apart by deportation.

Let's be tougher on employers, not on the families who end up as victims.

Jill Anderson

Shell Beach, Calif.

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