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Letter: Pro-immigrant crowd was cursed and jeered

Long Island demonstrators protest immigration policy on Feb.

Long Island demonstrators protest immigration policy on Feb. 3, 2017, outside GOP Rep. Peter King's Massapequa Park office. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

At nearly 70 years of age, I attended my first political rally on Feb. 24. A diverse group of about 100 gathered in front of Rep. Peter King’s office in Massapequa Park in support of immigration [“Protesting King on immigration,” News, Feb. 25].

While we listened to speakers with hopeful messages, more than a dozen men across the street shouted anti-immigrant, pro-Donald Trump slogans. Many passing drivers honked and yelled ugly epithets at us.

Because I had been warned about the likelihoood of such protesters, I thought I would feel threatened and angry. But all I felt was pity that these Americans believed it was a productive use of their time to spread vitriol and interrupt those of us preaching a philosophy of love and inclusion. Sad!

Jane Feirman, Dix Hills