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May 6, 2011

A good compromise

by Eli Schwadron, Online Sports Editor
Illegal immigration is one of the country's most controversial issues. In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama let the nation know that he would do his best to enforce the law and get rid of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers in our country. In order to do so, certain federal laws are being enacted, including one in particular that will soon have a large impact on our county.

A Texas police officer fingerprints a man held at a county jail. The same program will be implemented in Montgomery County this September. Courtesy of Wall Street Journal
A Texas police officer fingerprints a man held at a county jail. The same program will be implemented in Montgomery County this September.
Montgomery County will join Secure Communities, a federal deportation program, this upcoming September. The decision to implement the program in Montgomery County, where a third of Maryland's Hispanic population lives, has sparked backlash and debate. But this program will not result in the blatant racial profiling that occurs with other policies, such as Arizona's new law, SB-1070. Having the federal deportation program enacted in our county will be effective in that it will send back illegal immigrants while avoiding unfair stereotyping.

The Secure Communities program allows county jails to scan fingerprints of individuals brought to the facilities. These scans are then sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). If an individual is found to be in the country illegally, they can face deportation. Baltimore City and Montgomery County are currently the only Maryland jurisdictions not participating in the controversial initiative, which was implemented elsewhere in the state starting in 2008.

Many people oppose the new program, including Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist.4). The Gazette reported on April 20 that Navarro has “drafted a resolution opposing the Secure Communities program, which she and leaders in Montgomery’s minority community say could alienate immigrants and lead to more crime.” Her resolution has gained some support in the council, and a vote is slated to take place on Tuesday.

In the same Gazette article, ICE spokesman Ross Feinstein provided some misleading statistics concerning the deportation program. Feinstein told the Gazette that the program has been responsible for the deportation of 293 illegal immigrants since its implementation in October 2008, and that 145 of those people had “no criminal record, and the reasons they were brought to jail were too minor for the county to pursue.” It’s easy for us to sympathize with the 145 deported immigrants who had no criminal background. But what about the other 148 illegal immigrants who did have a criminal record – should they just be let off the hook? It hardly seems worth it considering the huge amounts of money that illegal immigrants cost U.S. citizens each year. A recent study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) revealed that illegal immigration now costs federal and local taxpayers approximately $113 billion a year through free government programs.

Councilwoman Nancy Navarro opposes the Secure Communities program. Her resolution to the program will be put to a vote on Tuesday. Courtesy of washingtonpost.com
Councilwoman Nancy Navarro opposes the Secure Communities program. Her resolution to the program will be put to a vote on Tuesday.
There are those that believe this program encourages racial profiling, but that’s a far-fetched claim. This program is completely different from the Arizona law enacted in 2010, SB-1070, allows police to check a person’s citizenship based on “reasonable suspicion.” While SB-1070 does, in fact, unfairly target Hispanics, the Secure Communities program does not. Instead of allowing cops to pick up random people off the street and ask for their paperwork, Secure Communities punishes illegal immigrants who are already in trouble with the law. Whereas Arizona’s law lets the police dictate who looks does and doesn’t look like a US citizen, the Secure Communities program deports illegal immigrants who have already been arrested.

People come to our country illegally for many different reasons. Those who come here for better economic or educational opportunities in order to support their families are of no harm to anybody. But it’s a fact that our country is becoming more and more populated each year, and it’s having a grave impact on the environment and on our economy. As a result, there needs to be a way to weed out some of our illegal immigrants. This program is not perfect, but it’s currently the best option we have.



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  • wigglwagon (View Email) on May 6, 2011 at 2:33 PM
    "The decision to implement the program in Montgomery County, where a third of the Maryland's Hispanic population lives, has sparked backlash and debate."

    Why does it make any difference where the Hispanic population lives? This program has nothing to do with deporting Hispanics. If they are immigrants, they are Americans now. This program is only about deporting illegal aliens. It is all about providing jobs for legal immigrants and residents.
  • anevile@aol.com (View Email) on May 6, 2011 at 2:50 PM
    First let's separate legal immigrants from illegal aliens
    Second, who the he!! cares if we alienate ILLEGALS, they are certainly pissing off taxpaying American citizens with their sob stories
    Third, SB1070 does not racially profile Hispanics. If you are driving DUI w/o a license or insurance I want you off the road before you kill my family.
    Fourth, those who come here for better....no harm to anyone. Who are you kidding? They overburden schools, hospitals are closing becasue they don't pay their bills, they procreate like crazy for more welfare, receive subsidized housing and those from Mexico have children with Dual citizenship and can go home. Not to mention stealing SS# and have no regard for the law. They are demanding a Multi-Culture class in Tuscan AKA Mexican-American history. Doesn't multi mean more than 2? Not interested in my tax dollars funding the history written by Mexicans. In my area, if parents want their chidren to learn about their Heritage, they send them to Hebrew, Chinese, Polish schools on Saturday. If the illegals come here for better opportunities, try learning English and come here with all your vacinations current the legal way.
  • PaulC1958 (View Email) on May 6, 2011 at 4:27 PM
    "In his 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama let the nation know that he would do his best to enforce the law and get rid of the hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers in our country." This statement is UNTRUE! He said he would pursue illegal aliens who had also committed major crimes against people, such as murder, rape, and sexual assault against children; and would not pursue the 10s of millions of illegal aliens who commit less serious crimes, take jobs, and cost American taxpayers $100s billions of dollars. In fact the President has said in Mexico that there would be no major deportation of illegal aliens during his presidency.

    PLEASE STOP LYING ABOUT WHAT IS AND ISN'T BEING DONE ABOUTL ILLEGAL ALEINS.

    You certainly don't want comments do you? Publishing people's emails certainly will inhibit comments.
    • JJimson on May 6, 2011 at 6:51 PM
      He actually did say that to an extent. he said we need to “protect our borders, enforce our laws, and address the millions of undocumented workers who are living in the shadows.”
  • Brittanicus (View Email) on May 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM



    OBAMA INSISTS ON GIVING ILLEGAL ALIENS CITIZENSHIP?

    Since the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act those in power has lied to the US people? Just sufficient laws have been passed, to give the impression that President Obama, George Bush or back to Ronald Reagan, promised to secure fully the border. That they would enforce immigration laws, but candidly nothing serious as ever been accomplished? We need to revisit President Linden B. Johnson, Immigration Restriction Act of 1921 policy “Quotas System”, so only certain amounts of foreign nationals are given entry visas. Its requirements were Numerical limits on immigration from Europe and the use of a Quota system for establishing those limitations. Similar legislation had been advanced several times previously without success. Recommencement of immigration and the widespread unemployment that followed the end of World War One demanded change, lending strength to the anti-immigration movement. In 1965, the American people were guaranteed that immigration would never exceed its then low level of 250,000 annually. Currently, it is at an all-time high of over a million a year and still rising.

    Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, a veiled Liberal progressive killed this law, attributing to the 20 million or more who have settled in this country today. You cannot trust any administration, the Liberal press, the liberal Extremists in Academia or any of the open border quasi organization, such as The Council of Foreign Relations. These organizations are for open borders, although we have upwards to 10 million US citizens and resident without a job. Leftists and equivalents all have their own agenda's and Obama and his Leftist administration wants citizenship for the invaders, who stole into our country. There has been so much fraud within work visa programs, the agricultural Guest Worker and fabricated paperwork for skilled immigrants who have come here. The 1986 immigration bill has been a failure, but not because it’s—BROKEN--but because the laws were never enforced.

    The laws enacted, were intentionally made to be broken, underfunded still leaving access to cheap labor for Republicans and more votes for liberals and Democrats; legal or illegal. Ted Kennedy played on the sympathy of American Society, when he ardently promised in 1986, that there would never be another--AMNESTY. E-Verify was nearly killed by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Secure Communities is not mandatory and the true 2006 Secure Fence Act, less than a 6 months later Texas Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn pushed for "flexibility to choose other options instead of fencing, if needed." Politicians obdurately vowed to keep America safe. The law specifically called for "at least 2 layers of reinforced fencing, topped with concertina barbed razor wire with the installation of additional physical barriers, patrol roads, lighting, cameras and sensors" at five exact areas of border totaling approximately 700 miles.

    The revolution that is the TEA PARTY promises no citizenship for illegal aliens, or any of the clandestine Amnesties of which there has been six since 2004. The Tea Party leadership will vote out Pro-Amnesty law, which includes Sanctuary City ordinances and push in opposition to such bills as the dream Act, Chain Migration and any Immigration reform bills. US Senator Rand Paul, a TEA PARTY activist in a letter to me opposes any citizenship for illegal aliens. He also said, “He didn’t think American taxpayers should be forced to pay for welfare, medical care or other expenses. If you are legally arrived in America you have an opportunity to join the TEA PARTY, as they are awaiting you to stop more of your taxes being taken to pay for illegal aliens. So much more interesting facts to be found at NumbersUSA, that connects you with the truth about the illegal alien invasion.

    Incidentally, if the Guest Worker program enacted under UTAH law is allowed, because as at this moment Czarist Eric Holder has not filed court papers against Arizona; as the man did with the Federal courts. UTAH will find themselves a target for even more economic immigrants, as they hastily leave Arizona and other unwelcoming States. The schools will be beleaguered, and education performance will slip, with emergency rooms will become congested with thousands of foreign nationals without insurance. Utah taxpayers will have to stomach the burden of paying for all these new illegal newcomers.
    • @ brittanicus on May 6, 2011 at 11:35 PM
      congratulations on writing a comment that no one will ever take the time to read. kudos!

    • i commend you on May 7, 2011 at 12:30 AM
      you just won first place in the #doingthemost sweepstakes
    • Daniel on May 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM
      There are already quatas put in place and the current problem is that it is to difficult to get into the US Legaly and much easyer to get int the states illiegaly. The problem is not that we dont have ways of geting in but that it is immposible to prevent people form entering out country becvause there is a 1000 mile land border coupled will lots of avalible shores to land on. The fact is that we will never be able to fully secure the borsder with out phisiclyu building a fence larger and more comprehensive then the on being planed with camras, electric fences, and even more gaurds. And even that would not stop every body from gewting in. Geting rid of all of the illegal immagrants would not help out unemployment problem, if you can find Americans that will work 14 hour days, seven days a week, make subminimum wadges, pay the most taxes proputunal to their income (and actualy play it, Yes illegals pay their taxes the most fathfuly), and pick fruit in the hot sun, so you can sit here and foul up the air wave with you leftist media lies, while paying less for produdce, buying cheep clothes etc. For all of you inteligence you have ignored the main idea of the problem that the cost of removing all of the illegals greatly out ways the benifits in terms of government spending, and economic impact. Also please refrain form using strong adjhectives in your editorials like "Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, a veiled Liberal progressive,"Obama and his Leftist administration," etc because it just fowls up the coversation and ands in a pising match.
  • emenot (View Email) on May 9, 2011 at 12:07 AM
    This might help to deter some minor illegal crimes as it threaten deportation, why is this Nancy Navarro so stupid to realize this? Don't this idiot Navarro know that the Mexican mafia is in control of the litino gang bangers already?
  • Just Saying on May 16, 2011 at 10:41 PM
    While you were offending my fellow commenters, you also managed to misuse the word 'random'.

    You said that "Instead of allowing cops to pick up random people off the street and ask for their paperwork, Secure Communities punishes illegal immigrants who are already in trouble with the law."

    When illogical or unpredictable decisions are made by people, they are 'arbitrary'. 'Random' applies only to some processes where no human element is present. So what you mean is arbitrary.
  • yoyoma (View Email) on May 17, 2011 at 4:52 PM
    Boo I'm legal but i still think this law is some bs. Arizona nearly got the person who made sb1070 killed, wonder what'll happen if we start passing similar laws here in md
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