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Letter: Much attention to immigrant ed

Tomas Martinez shouts into a megaphone during an

Tomas Martinez shouts into a megaphone during an immigration reform rally at the Atlanta City Detention Center in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The rally was part of a national "Chant Down the Walls" day of protest, according to organizers. The night before, President Barack Obama announced he will use executive action to stop the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. Credit: EPA / Erik S. Lesser

Diluting the Hempstead school district's limited resources with the requirement to educate recent high-needs immigrants is not fair to other children in the struggling district ["Aid on way to LI schools," News, March 22].

Until talks on the issue broke down this week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the Assembly were trying to force money into this year's budget for college tuition assistance for children of immigrants living in the country illegally. This disregards the concerns of the voters. Many of our children are taking out large loans for college. There is a limited amount of financial aid available for students in need. And there is talk of raising SUNY tuition, so students will need more assistance to ensure they can afford to complete their degrees.

Perhaps a loud minority was yelling that this Dream Act is a big issue. The rest of us -- who vote -- are busy working to pay our high state and local taxes, along with college tuition.

State and local governments should not have to slice their limited education pie into smaller pieces because federal immigration laws are not being enforced.

Mary Connor, South Setauket


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