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Differing views on immigrants

New York Teacher

Regarding James J. D’Amico’s letter “Country’s benefits ‘reserved for legal citizens’” [Feb. 7], I am sorry he is unaware that undocumented immigrants are guaranteed the right to attend public school according to the U.S. Supreme Court (Plyler v. Doe, 1982).

A century ago, our country had vastly different rules when it permitted my Italian grandparents (and, I suspect, Mr. D’Amico’s ancestors, too) to enter the land of their dreams.

I see no reason why we don’t allow our neighbors to the south to live their dreams of a life free of violence in our country today. These immigrants have the legal right to an education and to seek asylum.

David S. Pecoraro, retired

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Kudos for printing my letter. However, you changed the word “illegal” to “undocumented” twice. The latter word is the politically correct word for illegal.

But I have never been politically correct, and I am proud of that. Illegal means illegal.

James J. D'Amico, retired

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