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
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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