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Regarding Hiroaki Sato’s Nov. 29 article, “The warring mind-sets on U.S. immigration“: Thanks to immigration, the population of the United States continues to grow, and due to the influx of young and not-so-young blood, the economy is more dynamic than stagnant.

Imagine California’s economy if everyone south of the border stayed home. Would “real” Americans jump at the chance to put in long hours at dirty jobs for minimum wages or less? Immigration laws should be practical as well as humane and provide a win-win situation. The country with the Statue of Liberty shouldn’t be in the business of building walls. A welcome mat would be more appropriate.

michael g. driver