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Letter: Oppose expanding immigrants' interests

A section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence stands

A section of the U.S.-Mexico border fence stands in La Joya, Texas. (April 10, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

It's a sad commentary on the current state of affairs when "immigrants in New York have been steadily gaining political power and momentum," according to the director of the New York Immigration Coalition ["Renewing push for driver's licenses," News, Jan.10]. The sad part is when these are people in the country illegally.

As much as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo claims to be "excited by the diversity," it has become shrewd politics to pander to such groups for votes, lest politicians find themselves missing out on support. It has become painfully evident in the last few elections that it is highly beneficial for a candidate to back such special interests, while possibly forsaking the views of the majority of their constituents as well as the welfare of our country.

Entitlements continue to choke state and federal budgets while advocates seek "state-funded financial aid for college students here illegally." The backbone of our country, the middle class, is struggling under the weight of college loans while our children are often unable to find jobs.

Dominick Barone, Seaford