Be realistic. There are thousands of people living in this country illegally ["Mayors meet on immigration," News, Dec. 9]. They've been here for years, and those under discussion have been here for at least five years. The reason they weren't deported, basically, is they're cheap labor, and big business is always ready to keep overhead down.
People are living in this country without proper means of identification. They are potentially untraceable. We are never going to deport thousands of people. These people want to be productive and law-abiding. What's wrong with that?
Irene Mortensen, Bay Shore