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To the editor: I really enjoyed Legal Times’ article on political influence in the appointment of immigration judges [ "Borderline Calls," Page 1, June 19, 2006]. I myself applied for a job as an immigration judge several years ago. Despite my credentials (three Harvard degrees, veteran’s status, military police officer with 23-plus years in the Reserves, and extensive immigration law experience), I didn’t even get an interview. I’m sure that my lack of political connections had to be the deciding factor, as there couldn’t be anyone more qualified on the merits applying. Margaret D. Stock Associate Professor of Law United States Military Academy West Point, N.Y.

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