Subject: Delegate Jolene Ivey, Heads the Illegal Alien Organization List of Donors and is on board of Directors for Casa De Maryland – A True Maryland Sell Out to the Legal Citizens and Legal Immigrants
A Fantastic Article written by Doug Gill of the Examiner. All his pieces of work are fantastic. I would highly suggest following him on Facebook for the up to the Minute News on the Corruption in Maryland.
Just a reminder before reading this Article, Governor O’Malley is an ardant supporter of Casa de Maryland and Gustavo Torres, as are those who voted to give Casa de Maryland 1 million tax dollars for the house that assists Illegal Aliens in Maryland. True Patriotism at it’s core to say the least. This includes Senator Donald Munson of Washington County who voted Yea to give them the dollars. Is MoCo Ike and PG Jack going to wake up and smell the coffee? Probably not. How about the other counties who have not yet put E Verify on the books, they too are adding to the problem of Illegal Immigration by not enforcing Immigration Laws.
While Arizona fights illegals, Maryland taxpayers provide lawbreakers with funding
As I sat wondering why the state of Arizona is doing a job the U.S. government won’t do (sound familiar?), I was reminded of two bills introduced during the 2010 Maryland General Assembly session.
Both pieces of legislation stand in stark contrast to the efforts made by a legislature seeking to enforce immigration law (Arizona), as Maryland’s legislative body enables ‘undocumented’ immigrants to continually skirt our nation’s laws.
Senate Bill 949 and House Bill 1071 authorized the creation of a state debt – not to exceed $500,000 – for the planning, design, construction, and capital equipping of the CASA Multi-Cultural Service Center, located in Langley Park (in Northwestern Prince George’s County).
CASA de Maryland, the community organization that will benefit from the taxpayer-funded multi-cultural center, is no stranger to public funding.
According to Governor Martin O’Malley’s office website, CASA de Maryland received “limited funding” – to the tune of $1 million on capital funding and $33,000 in community development tax credits – in fiscal year 2009.
In 2008, more than $2 million from local governments went to fund CASA, with most of that money coming from Montgomery County, which according to the Census Bureau has the highest Hispanic concentration in the state.
Maryland taxpayers doled out $628,000 in bonds and grants in 2005 and 2006, and the multi-cultural center project has received more than $4 million in tax credits for its renovation.
During the 2010 Session, once the potential $500,000 state debt had been whittled down to $200,000, House Minority Leader Anthony O’Donnell (R – Calvert/St. Mary’s) offered an amendment that would have stripped the $200,000 allocated to CASA de Maryland from the state’s capital budget.
The amendment failed, 47-89, and among those voting to hand your dollars over to an organization that many describe as the biggest promoter and facilitator of illegal aliens in Maryland was Delegate Jolene Ivey (D – Prince George’s).
And while you won’t find it on Delegate Ivey’s Maryland State bio page, CASA’s website lists her as one of the organization’s board of directors.
Also found on CASA’s website is a description of the group’s vision, which touts “strong, economically and ethnically diverse communities in which all people – especially women, low-income people, and workers – can participate and benefit fully, regardless of their immigration status.”
And therein lies the rub: why should government support be given to an assemblage that blatantly wears their lawbreaker badge so proudly?
According to a March 2008 article in The Examiner, CASA officials claim that taxpayers’ money should help anyone in need – even if they are in this country illegally.
“The government should serve everybody,” Jennifer Freedman, director of development for CASA told Examiner reporter Jason Flanagan, “[immigrants] are the house cleaners, the kids going to school. They are part of the community, and part of government’s role is to help the poor and vulnerable.”
Although CASA does provide humanitarian and public services such as AIDS/HIV testing, youth counseling and financial education to low-income immigrants, opponents of such funding not only resent taxpayer dollars going to those who break the law, but also ask why the public should be taxed to “fund groups of people who shouldn’t be funded.”
Freedman also said that less than half of CASA’s funding comes from government, but noted the group used that funding to leverage private donations.
So what other benefits do Marylanders reap from the funding of an organization that caters to those who knowingly break the law?
Perhaps the filing of a lawsuit – in conjunction with the New York-based LatinoJustice PRLDEF – against a Frederick County sheriff who actually arrested a woman wanted on a deportation warrant?
Or maybe organize a protest at the White House in opposition to the Arizona law, or rally in support of a woman who, after over staying two work visas, was arrested for selling phone cards out of her house?
Or perhaps to publish a booklet, entitled “Know Your Rights”, telling immigrants – both legal and illegal – not to say anything, answer the door or provide identification to immigration and law enforcement officials. CASA asks its members to carry a card saying the person will not speak and demands a lawyer.
CASA’s ‘Hire Workers’ program also involves a card – not the driver’s license or social security variety – but “identification cards recognized by the local police to each worker who uses [our] services.”
Almost immediately following the bill signing for the Arizona immigration law, Maryland Delegate Pat McDonough (R – Baltimore and Harford) announced that he intended to offer similar legislation during the 2011 General Assembly Session.
Good luck with that one, delegate, because until CASA board member Jolene Ivey and her 88 cohorts in Annapolis are convinced that a “Welcome Business” sign is much more beneficial to Marylanders than a “Welcome Illegals” sign, it will be a cold day in the desert before our lawmakers stop catering to lawbreakers.