N: CAPITALS INDICATE MATTER ADDED TO EXISTING LAW.[Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.*sb0026*SENATE BILL 26P5, G10lr0578(PRE–FILED)By: Senators Miller, Kasemeyer, and KittlemanRequested: September 15, 2009Introduced and read first time: January 13, 2010Assigned to: RulesA BILL ENTITLEDAN ACT concerningMaryland Constitutional Convention – Sense of the VotersFOR the purpose of providing, at the general election to be held in November 2010, for the taking of the sense of the voters of the State as to the calling of a convention for altering the Maryland Constitution or for framing a new one under Article XIV, Section 2 of the Maryland Constitution.SECTION 1. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF MARYLAND, That:(1) At the general election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in the year 2010, there shall be submitted to the legal and qualified voters of the State, for their decision, the question whether there shall be called a convention for the purpose of altering the Maryland Constitution or of framing a new Constitution, this question being submitted under the provisions of Section 2 of Article XIV of the Maryland Constitution.(2) There shall be placed upon the ballots to be used at that general election in the manner prescribed by the General Election Laws of this State the words “For a Constitutional Convention” and “Against a Constitutional Convention,” so that each voter may clearly indicate in the manner prescribed in the General Election Laws whether the voter is for or against calling a convention for altering the present Maryland Constitution or framing a new one.(3) The vote on the question of calling or not calling a constitutional convention shall be received, counted, and canvassed in the manner prescribed by the General Election Laws. The canvassing boards for each of the counties and the City of Baltimore shall certify the vote on the question of calling a constitutional convention to the Governor and the State Board of Elections. The Board of State Canvassers, at the time of its meeting to make a statement of the vote cast for the candidates voted2 SENATE BILL 26for at that election, also shall make a statement of the vote cast on the question of calling a constitutional convention. The Board of State Canvassers shall transmit the statement to the Governor who, after receiving the statement, shall make a proclamation of the result of the vote on the question of calling a constitutional convention.SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, T hat notice of the question of calling a constitutional convention that is to be submitted to the legal and qualified voters of the State shall be given in the same manner and for the same time as is required by § 8–102 (Notice of Elections) of the Election Law Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.SECTION 3. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That this Act shall take effect July 1, 2010.
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Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland and Jeff Werner of Washington County Citizens United Video Presentation for E Verify
Brad Botwin of Help Save Maryland and Jeff Werner of Washington County Citizens United Video Presentation for E Verify
You will need to fast forward to get to our Presentation.
All Counties should use this as a guide.
Please forward to those will take this to the County Level.
|1.||CALL TO ORDER, President John F. Barr|
|a.||INVOCATION and PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE|
|b.||APPROVAL OF MINUTES|
|2.||COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS & COMMENTS|
|3.||E-VERIFY PRESENTATION – Jeff Werner (letter)|
|a.||County Attorney Issues – John Martirano, Kirk Downey, Andrew Wilkinson|
|1.||HCC Senior Center Agreement & Lease|
|b.||Appointments to County Boards & Commissions – Vicki Lumm|
|c.||County Administrator’s Comments – Gregory B. Murray|
|7.||Depart for Elliott Parkway, Williamsport|
|8.||Depart for 100 W. Washington Street, Room 227|
|9.||WASHINGTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE RENOVATION CONTRACT – Joe Kroboth, III, PE and Gary Pozzouli (documents)|
|10.||REPORTS FROM COUNTY STAFF|
|11.||PROPOSED ZONING ORDINANCE TEXT & MAP AMENDMENTS & URBAN GROWTH AREA ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS – Stephen T. Goodrich and Richard Phoebus|
|12.||CLOSED SESSION – (To discuss the appointment, employment, assignment, discipline, demotion, compensation, removal, and/or performance evaluation of appointees, employees, or officials over whom it has jurisdiction; to discuss personnel matters that affect one or more specific individuals; to consider a matter that concerns a proposal for a business or industrial organization to locate, expand, or remain in the State; and to consult with counsel to obtain legal advice.)|
|13.||Click here for original agenda to access any available presentation documents|
The Immigration Invasion And The Deer Disaster Meet Opposition (Finally!) In Liberal Maryland
The congruence of two recent Washington Post front page stories can hardly be over looked. You can’t avoid contrasting the actions taken to solve these problems by so-very-tippy-toe elected officials with sensible initiatives taken mostly by private, thinking citizens who have forced changes.
The first story:
to my delight and surprise, I found a front page, Sunday, January 11th news column in theWashington Post entitled Attitudes Shift on Illegal ResidentsSome|Link Crime In Montgomery To Immigration [By Dan Morse and Ann E. Marimow]. It actually uses the term ”illegal“ and finally reports in considerable detail on something which most of that county’s residents have felt for years.
Of course the reporters had to make it appear like a sudden change in citizens’ attitudes:
“For years, mainstream Montgomery County has been generally accepting of illegal immigrants, and county leaders followed suit, pledging not to enforce immigration lawseven as police agencies elsewhere in the region began to do so.
“But public sentiment appears to be shifting in Montgomery, driven less by ideology than by alarm over rising crime and the recent slayings of a 14-year-old honor student on a county transit bus and a 63-year-old woman in her Bethesda home.
“’People who are very, very tolerant want to see some changes,’ said County Council member Marc Elrich [Email him] (D-At Large), one of five council members who said in interviews that public opinion has shifted in recent months.”
Sorry, Mr. Elrich, I don’t buy your lame excuse that the whole county just woke up, when poll after national poll shows over 70% of all citizens are concerned about the immigration invasion.
Even in Takoma Park, long known as ”The People’s Republic of Takoma Park,” where ”since 1985 [the city] has officially refused to identify or report undocumented immigrants“. The Postreports that Mr. Elrich ”said crime has ‘really hit home’ even in his neighborhood of Takoma Park” .
Especially when ”Mariana Cordier, who grew up in the county and is a past president of theMaryland Hispanic Bar Association, said residents are increasingly linking crime to illegal immigration.” This is national, folks, so get with the facts.
The second Post story:
On Monday, January 12th, I find another Post front pager: Once Scorned, Deer Hunters Find Welcome in Suburban Md., [By Steve Hendrix , January 12, 2009]. It tells us:
“A year ago, this would have been illegal: Mark Eakin, a federal oceanographer and avid deer hunter, sat in a portable tree stand with his bow at the ready, overlooking a small creek and two Rockville back yards on a cold January morning. As the camo-clad Eakin peered down, the weekday routine rolled down the street behind him, school buses, trash trucks and commuters heading toward Wootton Parkway…Eakin, who has baggedeight deer since bow season began in September…[is] one of several hunters, game officials and residents to hail Montgomery County’s surprising emergence as …a deer hunting haven.”
As a resident living near the border of this county. overlooking a view of the 2,000 acre Rock CreekPark, I can tell you the deer population is expanding without restriction. They have no predators and they eat everything you can plant except daisies and–please, horticulturists, give us some ideas–we long ago gave up tulips which the little dears eat like bon bons.
I was raised in a small Western Pennsylvania town, where the first day of deer hunting season was reason to give kids a day off school. I have often wondered when the huge number of these creatures would trigger a reasonable citizen reaction. Were we too effete or too feckless to care?
Now we have seen one sensible reaction. Is this the start of something bigger?
The story continues:
“Last season, Eakin’s Rockville perch would have been prohibited as too close to a road. But now he is able to set up his stand with the permission of surrounding homeowners. ‘It’s not that people embrace the hunting,’ said Eakin, who belongs to a group of volunteer archers who hunt at the request of neighborhoods with large deer populations, ‘but they know something needs to be done.’ Behind Montgomery’s new openness to hunting, officials said, is public frustration with the whitetail population boom. Crumpled fenders, ruined gardens and the risk of Lyme disease have made residents much more receptive to hunters.”
“They’ve gone from ‘How dare you propose shooting the deer’ to ‘When are you coming to my neighborhood?’ ” said Rob Gibbs, head of Montgomery’s Deer Management Working Group”.
John Yakaitis, 62, has watched increasing numbers of deer destroy his shrubs and the surrounding forest understory. His wife hit a deer two years ago, doing more than $1,000 in damage to their car. ‘There are just so many of them, they’re eating everything in sight and they’re still starving,’ Yakaitis said. ‘A lot of folks who were opposed to it are signing up’ to allow hunters, he said. “
In fact, I suppose when it happens to an elected official, as it did when a council member, George Leventhal (D-At Large) was injured in a deer collision on the Capital Beltway, suffering serious facial damage that required reconstructive surgery at Johns Hopkins, action to make sensible laws quickly follows.
Hey, are we getting to see the parallels yet with dear deers and the immigrant invasion yet? Perhaps some of these elite Congressional members will need to be attacked by illegal aliens, or improperly vetted legal ones, before they see the light.
Sensible laws on deer thinning can be constructed to make sure citizens are not endangered by firearms or even bows and arrows. The hunters should be vetted carefully, so they are in effect like our Border Patrol, fully professional and licensed. Why not?
But to do nothing is exactly what our Federal elected officials did about human immigration policy since 1965 until finally it got so out of whack. Even now the new Congress doesn’t seem to get it. It seems, even amidst this deep recession, that proper measures taken now will be deemed by the bleeding hearts, ethnic and ideological lobbyists, and by their corporate puppet masters as examples of ”nativism“ or ”racism“.
Back to the illegal (and please also the overdone legal) immigration situation. We can be gladMontgomery’s elected officials finally found it expedient to edge into their version of the truth, which they must have known for years. Their citizens had surely understood the situation for years, but now, with crime as just one element of the problem, these leaders say they begin to ”get it”.
Guess these elected folks in Montgomery realize they better do something or their reelection may be on the line. A small step was recently taken by County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger who, the story reports, is ”developing a proposal to have county police officers check the immigration status of suspects arrested for violent crimes and weapons offenses.”
When I was an officer in the Navy, one of my Chief Petty Officers would often opine that standard military refrain, ”There’s always that 2% who don’t get the word.” Enter Bethesda resident Judy Campbell, ”I wouldn’t have gone for it a year ago,” when interviewed recently, leaving a natural food co-op in Takoma Park with soy milk and a slice of vegan double-chocolate fudge cake.”Until this series of violent crimes, it wasn’t on my radar screen.”
Admittedly so-called ”liberals” such as Campbell, a 50-year-old nurse, have been among those slow to ”get it”. And in fact the article reports that ”She thinks illegal immigrants deservepublicly funded health care.”
However, Campbell now ”supports the chief’s efforts, in part because the emerging proposal is not as far-reaching as policies that have been enacted in Prince William and Frederick counties.” Do something but not enough to really get the job done…great thinking, Ms. Campbell.
Ms. Campbell unfortunately is joined by a typical deaf to the facts–or afraid of the facts–official,County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), [email him] who claims he has detected no major shift in public sentiment. Leggett, who in the past has said Montgomery should not be in the business of enforcing immigration laws, would have to approve the Chief’s proposal before it could take effect. Sounds like one guy to dis-elect.
Naturally, the Post reports ”Opponents hope to persuade him to reject the idea, which they say would result in racial or ethnic profiling that could ensnare innocent people. State Del. Ana Sol Gutierrez [email her] (D-Montgomery) and other opponents said residents would reject the proposal if they understood its consequences more fully.”
You mean they would reject you when they hear you are against reasonable law enforcement, don’t you, Ms. Gutierrez?
The irrationality of past practice is underlined by this quote: ”The proposal is a departure from past practice for a police agency that has cultivated relations with immigrant communities. The department has long taken the position that delving into immigration matters could jeopardize cooperation from crime victims and witnesses, undermining public safety.”
But then that is the political flavor of Takoma Park. Wonder what this team of Post reporters would have found if they hadn’t concentrated their research there?
Their acid test of need for change must be that you first need to run you car into an errant deer or get shot by an illegal alien?
This kind of thinking denotes that it is better to harbor dangerous illegal aliens among those who are here legally, rather than find out who is legal and who is not. This of course follows the common refrain of local officials who always avoid the unfunded by proper Federal funding, the cost of policing the illegal alien problem. As more and more complain, the noise level will perhaps reach the office holders, who as noted above, don’t want to be turned out of office.
Indeed, ”Serious crime is up 7.7 percent in Montgomery, a trend driven by increases in home and car break-ins across the county.”
Typical Post reportorial comment: ” Police acknowledge that they do not know how much of that increase, if any, is attributable to illegal immigrants.” Oh, please!!!!
Especially after the article tells us that ”As of a week ago, eight of 16 people held in the county jail on murder charges had immigration detainers placed on them, meaning federal authorities might move to deport them after their criminal cases have run their course.”
A big deal with illegal alien advocates is concern about racial profiling. Give me a break. If people are arrested for a crime, they should be asked for identification. A driver’s license, a home address, a Social Security number. What is so hard about getting information on that?
The plain truth is that the way we have allowed this immigration situation to deteriorate caused the problem. Lax enforcement over decades at every level of government, but particularly at the Federal level, has brought us to this fix, just like the mortgage crisis and the various scamsperpetrated on Wall Street.
Round’em up and ship’em out should have been our action all along with illegal aliens. These people are either here legally or illegally. Find out. Two of the Montgomery murder suspects ”are illegal immigrants whose status went undetected during previous arrests in the county.”
County Executive Leggett is faced with a decision on this proposal by month’s end, but says he wants to ”use all reasonable tools to get criminals off the street but is concerned about the potential for profiling. ‘You don’t want to punish or stereotype people in a way that is unfair and illegal.’”
Talk about trying to escape fulfilling the responsibility for which he was elected.
The Post reports that ”Police officials have not said how officers would determine whom to press on the question of status, or what kind of training they would need to carry out the policy effectively.” Cripes, you have a felon and you can’t ID him? Where are Mickey Spillane or Sam Spade when we need them? Just like the deer infestation, we know when we have too many and now is the time to fix this.
Many citizens, including one local activist group called Help Save Maryland, are demanding action on this plan. And while you are at it, Mr. Leggett, how about insuring that all illegal aliens are denied public services?
Unfortunately, nearby Prince George’s County is ”governed by a 2003 County Council resolution directing them to refrain from enforcing immigration laws”. Hard to believe.
How about cutting off Federal funding for any jurisdiction which fails to obey Federal laws?? You know, just like the 55 MPH law was enforced on states, by withholding Federal Highway money.
Prince William County, for example, has gotten tougher, and, as the Post story notes, ”requires that officers ask about the status of everyone they place under arrest.” In Frederick County,“as part of a partnership with federal immigration authorities, all people booked into the county jail are questioned about their citizenship. The answers can trigger more questions and a call to federal agents.”
Deer me—have we learned anything after all these years of immivasion experience? Not enough, but some, apparently.
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a board member of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.
Paulette Faulkner Audit Click Link
To The Governor, States Assembly and Maryland States Attorney Gansler,
I am writing you in regards to numerous requests I have received on the Firing of Paulette Faulkner. A totally unjustified firing based on HR remarks and comments regarding Social Services for Illegal Aliens. She refused to grant this individual Social Services and the HR Director took over the case, provided those services and after special meetings, Ms. Faulkner was fired unjustifiably.
If it is found that the State of Maryland broke law and set precedent, an Impeachment Investigation into Governor Martin O’Malley must begin. This story has been held quiet for some time, and it is time for this to begin. The Citizens Request it and demand it.
What’s the Truth Governor? Are you unable to come out with a statement regarding this case? Is this a case where the Governor can be impeached for violation of a Wrongful Termination Lawsuit? Is this an impeachable offense worthy of the National Press?
What’s the story, come out from behind your closed door maneuvering and answer to the Citizen’s who are requesting you be held accountable for this decision.
Listed is the email I received and when I asked the individual for animosity, he said, go ahead, use my name. This is a quote, I did not write this, I am only forwarding this on to you as nothing is being done. This came from a Registered Democrat from District 31.
“Just be sure to add what they did to Paulette Faulkner. That I will run to go after the (edited) for screwing over the American People in the state of MD.
My State Senator stayed silent after this report. He should have stood up for District 31 and the citizens of this state. He failed. If I am elected, I will push to have a investigator a out side audit.
I will also seek to have a amendment to the constitution.
Governors shall only serve one term.
Add what you will, I am one pi**d (edited) of vet. William Thomas Capps“
William Thomas Capps
Citizen of the State of Maryland who lives in Glen Burnie. Member of the Democrat Party that resides in the 31 District of Maryland.
Request that the State legislative branch. Investigate the firing of Paulette Faulkner of Social Service. Request impeachment of Governor O’Malley for not following the Laws of the United States and the State of Maryland with regard the law that bans illegals from receiving Social Service Benefits to include.
Dear Governor, State House Assembly and Attorney General Gansler,
Again, I call upon you as a Citizens Request. As more counties are looking to take on the E-Verify Status, since, the Delegates for Illegal Immigration have held down the State House, I would like to know who is going to sponsor the Bill(s) for State Wide E-Verify as Mandatory and institute the Federal 287G Program in Conjunction with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. I would also like to add in, Legal Presence must be proven for any state assistance and programs that drain our tax dollars.
Who is going to stand up to the Poppa Joe Vallarios, Ramirez, Hixson, Ana Sol, Dumais, Madaleno, and on and on? The Citizens of Maryland demand institution of these Bills to be introduced. We will also make sure that Casa De Maryland does not bus in Illegals to testify. How are Illegal Aliens allowed to enter our State House? Under false credentials? Do they enter with verified Drivers License’s to testify, do you allow those with fraudulent documents to come in and testify?
When they are on their way, be aware, ICE will be called and individual credentials will be verified before entering the State House. Under law, Illegal Aliens are not allowed to come in and testify on behalf of Legislation on Bills presented by the State House Assembly.
You are allowing them to break the law and you are held accountable for allowing this. This will not happen this time. The people have spoken. If PG and Montgomery County wants to continue on catering to the Illegal Aliens in our state, then they should separate themselves for Maryland as a whole. We are demanding investigations into Casa De Maryland, Centro Familia, Acorn and Acorn Housing and the ties of one Gustavo Torres Executive Director who is receiving outside funding from Hugo The Terrorist Chavez, who is also friends with the Iranian Leader. Wake up, we are not taking it any longer. We want our state back. We want our Tax Dollars back and we want those who do not come here legally and get in line for their VISA’s removed from our Communities. The crime rates have risen thanks to this. If you are unable to do the job we employed you for, we will find someone else who will do it.
This is an election year, we are loud, proud, and most of all Legal United State’s Citizen’s and Marylanders as well as Legal Immigrants who came here and did it the proper way.
Stop being afraid of PG and Montgomery County, they are only 2 counties of 24 and 22 other counties are on board. Listen to us know, or pay the price at the polls.
Help Save Maryland and Americans for Prosperity goes after Local Jurisdictions to have E Verify adopted at County Levels
Help Save Maryland members were busy this week testifying in Washington County on the E-Verify Program (Jan 12) and participating with thousands of Marylanders at the Tea Party Tax Rally in Annapolis (Jan 13). Thank you all for coming out and supporting Help Save Maryland and our partner organizations. A lot more to come!
Special thanks to Jeff Werner of Washington County Citizens United and Dave Schwartz of Americans for Prosperity for their extraordinary efforts to bring citizens together to demand the end of illegal immigration and return of rational leadership and fiscal responsibility to Maryland.
Brad Botwin, Director, Help Save Maryland
Washington County urged to verify eligibility of contracted workers
By HEATHER KEELS
HAGERSTOWN - A local anti-illegal immigration advocate wants Washington County to require all of its contractors to use a free online system called E-Verify to check their employees’ eligibility to work in the United States.
Jeffrey A. Werner of Hagerstown presented his request to the Washington County Commissioners Tuesday. He was accompanied by Brad Botwin, founder and director of Help Save Maryland, a citizens’ organization that opposes the use of tax dollars on programs and services for illegal immigrants.
The commissioners did not respond to the request during Tuesday’s meeting.
Werner cited a 2009 report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, that estimated Maryland’s illegal immigrant population at 250,000. Based on that figure, FAIR estimated that taxpayers in Maryland pay more than $1.4 billion a year, or $790 a year per household, for education, health care and incarceration of illegal immigrants.
“With budget deficits increasing from here to Annapolis, we can no longer be so generous with our limited tax dollars,” Botwin read from a prepared statement at the commissioners’ meeting. “A significant dent, however, can be made in our state and local budget deficits by simply enforcing the law and participating in a number of federal programs to protect citizens and jobs.”
One such program, Botwin said, is E-Verify, a system operated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration.
By law, all U.S. employers must complete a Form I-9 for each employee, which involves examining employment eligibility and identity documents presented by the employee.
E-Verify strengthens that process by allowing employers to compare the information employees provide on their I-9 form to Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records, according to the E-Verify Web site, www.uscis.gov/e-verify.
For example, Botwin said, E-Verify could catch a fake Social Security number that might otherwise appear legitimate to an employer.
Use of E-Verify is free, and a demonstration video and training Webinars are available through the E-Verify Web site.
The federal government already requires the use of E-Verify by federal contractors.
In Maryland, attempts to institute similar requirements have been shot down in the judiciary committee, Werner said. The only county in the state that requires the use of E-Verify by contractors is Anne Arundel, he said.
The Frederick County (Md.) Commissioners plan to consider the system in February, according to published reports.
Botwin said Help Save Maryland is also asking local Chambers of Commerce to promote voluntary use of E-Verify through measures such as stickers that can be displayed in windows.
Werner and Botwin said they also supported a program by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that trains law enforcement officers in local jurisdictions to allow them to detain, arrest and deport those without “legal presence” in their jurisdiction.
REMINDER – TRAINING EVENT MONDAY JANUARY 25 – OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO BE TRAINED TO HELP GET INTOXICATED ILLEGAL ALIENS OFF OUR STREETS
Seems like this county-funded crime reduction program could be improved by including loitering, urination in public, gang activities, etc. instead of just limiting this to “… alcohol related social issues.” Why not illegal alien or MS-13 gang related social issues? Here’s just another example of the opportunities the county has at it’s fingertips to tackle its illegal alien problem if it only wanted to.
TRAINED HELP SAVE MARYLAND MEMBERS WILL BE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM!! PLEASE ATTEND
Facts: Business Alliances serve as a community based umbrella organization under which local business owners’ work with State, County and City governments to customize and implement comprehensive prevention, education and enforcement programs. Efforts include a Cops in Shops and Extra Eyes program, free or reduced cost server training certifications and a media campaign. Alliance initiatives have a direct impact on the neighborhood’s alcohol related social issues.
Designed to help business owners who are having issues with public drunkenness in and around their business, Cops in Shops is a program where Police and alcohol inspectors posing as store employees, work inside establishments to assist business owners in preventing the sale of alcohol to intoxicated individuals and youth under the age of 21. Citizens trained by police, called “Extra Eyes,” work outside the businesses. Armed with police radios, they report violations occurring in parking lots or surrounding areas.
Additional resources such as free certified alcohol awareness, server training in various languages will be available to any business with an alcohol license in the City of Gaithersburg, downtown Wheaton and Long Branch, Silver Spring. Efforts will run throughout spring of 2010.
Extra Eyes, a Montgomery County Police Department program, is training civilian volunteers to work as “extra eyes” calling in suspicious activities to local police as part of a collaborative effort to reduce alcohol
Monday, January 25, 2010
From 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Montgomery Co. Dept. of Liquor Control
2nd Floor Training Room
16650 Crabbs Branch Way
Rockville, MD 20855
Interested? Have questions?
Call the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control,
Community Outreach Office at 240-777-1989 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space is limited -Signup required!
Memo to O’Malley: Stop supporting illegals – Washington Times
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and the General Assembly provide programs that benefit illegal aliens – and it is costing taxpayers heavily. Policies such as providing access to driver’s licenses, in-state tuition discounts and health benefits and a generally welcoming attitude contribute to an inducement that encourages illegals to continue to flood into our state.
This foolish and liberal policy is costing Maryland residents more than $1.4 billion annually. The costs imposed on taxpayers during these times of economic difficulties and budget deficits become even more of a burden because programs for education, seniors and other necessary services are being cut drastically. The annual fiscal burden amounts to approximately $790 per Maryland household. This is the reason why we are being taxed to death here: because our leadership in Annapolis chooses to support more than 300,000 unwanted Illegal Immigrants in our state.
It high time we pulled the plug on this waste of taxpayer money and quit coddling and supporting illegal immigrants in this state.
Silver Spring, Md.
Needless Crimes Continue in Montgomery County – Montgomery County Sentinel
It may be a New Year, but for Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and his Police Chief Tom Manger, their old policy of not actively removing illegal alien criminals from our streets allows the murders and violence to continue unabated in 2010. I wonder how Leggett and Manger sleep at night knowing that the year-end murder in Rockville (“Police hunt for dead man’s missing roommate”, Sentinel, 12-31-09) and the violent carjacking in Silver Spring would not have happened had they simply allowed Montgomery County Police officers to work with federal authorities.
Most shocking was that Miguel Rodgiuez-Lainez, the alleged murderer, was in fact arrested by Manger last March for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and released with a light slap on the wrist. Leggett’s dangerous policy of not contacting federal authorities for such “minor infractions” as DWI allowed Rodriguez-Lainez back on our streets. Poor Manuel Oscar Martinez paid the price with his life for Leggett’s misguided views on illegal immigration, yet another example of the County’s post-mortem policing policy. Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents now know about the criminal illegal alien Rodriguez-Lainez.
ICE also now knows about Javier Gonzalez-Mena, a former convicted carjacker who was let back on our streets to do what he does best, carjack cars. This time he added a large knife to his flawed technique. Leggett and Manger are also not concerned about illegal alien criminals wandering our streets with knives, banning officers from contacting ICE for this “minor infraction”. Seems Mr. Leggett, thinking back to his days as a young lad in Louisiana when he carried a pocketknife, is concerned that illegal aliens could get deported for creating a similar fond memory. If only Chief Manger had the moxie to tell Leggett large machetes don’t fit in your pocket.
Director, Help Save Maryland
Wait ’til next year.
The theme bothers Republicans. They worry that higher taxes might be pushed through Annapolis next year by a Democratic majority fretful about making such moves before November’s elections.
“They are trying to use smoke and mirrors and Band-Aids to get through this year,” said Senate Minority Leader Allan H. Kittleman, a Howard County Republican. “Next year,” he predicted, “they will have to have the highest tax increase in the history of Maryland.”