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Except for the Cuban missile crisis, I have not experienced any feelings of angst or threat from Cuba. Of course, that was a Soviet threat, using Cuba as a base.

However, this article adds to a growing list of articles and books about American foreign policy being held hostage to various immigrant groups in support of their country of origin. Stephen M. Walt's book Taming American Power lists many of these groups. Certainly, these groups have good reasons for their hostility toward governments in their country of origin, but as a nation of immigrants, we would be constantly at war righting wrongs in their countries of origin. Integrating a large immigrant group from one country in a short time could challenge our ability to integrate them as Americans. These problems need to be considered in developing an immigration policy. However, we must look to America's national interests in conducting our foreign policy.

Pervis J. Casey

Riverside, CA

Mar 11 2008 - 6:30pm

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