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Letters: Immigrants and the economy

The column written by Michael Dawidziak was the typical one written by advocates for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants ["GOP finally paying attention on immigration," Opinion, Feb. 6].

I am a Democrat who opposes illegal immigration, and I make no apologies for it. America welcomes immigrants, about 1 million a year for the past several years. Those are people who come here legally. America is immigrant-friendly.

Advocates often argue that illegal immigrants are good for the economy. This assertion ignores the drain that illegal immigrants cause on schools and health care. Illegal immigrants depress working wages. Yet advocates simply ignore these issues and imply that those of us who raise them are racist.

Dawidziak seems to want Hispanic voters to dictate the issue. He completely discounts Democratic voters like me who do not agree with the party on this issue. This is supposed to be a nation of laws, not a nation of ignoring the laws to appease certain segments of the population or the electorate.

While I may be a registered Democrat at the moment, I don't see that being the case much longer, based on what I see the Democratic Party doing to get elected. I never thought I'd entertain becoming a Republican, yet with all that party's warts, it is starting to look better.

Anthony Johnson, Brentwood

As for illegal immigrants living on Long Island, it is important to note the reality of their situation here. A large number are working in landscaping, construction and restaurant jobs, all of which are in great quantity and necessity on the Island. These immigrants are hard workers, often pulling shifts with crazy hours to make a living.

If forced to pay Long Island taxes, the number of workers that would be able to afford living here would drop dramatically, and their positions would be vacant. These issues should be considered when a reform bill is passed in Washington.

I am a person of Mexican descent, and I can attest that the increase in violence on the Mexican border is creating a greater sense of urgency for citizens to leave there than every before.

Laura Sanicola, Syosset