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Letters: Opposed to NY DREAM Act

Passing the state DREAM Act is not an

Passing the state DREAM Act is not an immigration issue -- it's an education issue. Credit: Tribune Media Services / Nancy Ohanian

Reading Destiny Thompson's personal story was very touching ["New York can help DREAMers like me," Opinion, April 29]. She wants State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) to pass the New York DREAM Act -- short for Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act -- to help her and other immigrants get a college education so they can live the American dream.

My family's story is equally touching. We came here poor from Italy in the 1920s. My wife's family came to New York from Puerto Rico in the 1950s. We pay state and federal taxes just like Destiny's family, but the government didn't give us anything. We worked twice as hard on our own to complete our higher education, sometimes taking three jobs.

My wife and I were the first ones in our families to finish college. Yet my wife, a registered nurse, is still unemployed after finishing her degree more than a year ago. Before helping any undocumented people, maybe Skelos can help Americans.

Thomas Testa, Baldwin

Destiny Thompson apparently thinks it's a good idea to use my tax dollars and those of my 23-year-old son to pay for her education. My son has been working legally and paying government taxes since he was 16. He is paying off more than $100,000 in student loans.

She wants a free pass, while he and others like him pay for her education, although she is here illegally.

My grandparents came to this country through Ellis Island after escaping the Nazi concentration camps. They became U.S. citizens in six years by completing all the proper documentation.

You want a college education? Work for it.

Bill Alderman, East Meadow