Help Save Maryland confronts illegals or, doing the job your lawmakers ignore
In a May article in the Washington Examiner, columnist Gregory Kane – commenting on a plan by Delegate Pat McDonough (R – Baltimore/Harford) to seek an Arizona-like immigration law in Maryland – said that McDonough’s potential bill would face just one problem: Maryland Democrats.
And on a day when President Obama ramped up his criticism of the Arizona immigration law (without apologizing for the wearing of American flag t-shirts), it’s worth noting that Governor Martin O’Malley’s initial reaction to the law mirrored many of his other positions: he simply kicked the can down the road.
O’Malley, through spokesman Shaun Adamec, said, “it’s not an appropriate use of local law enforcement to be acting as immigration officers, and that this is a uniquely federal issue that needs real reform, addressed by Congress.”
Maybe it’s just me, but I find it hard to argue against a law that calls on law enforcement officials to, well, enforce the law.
But O’Malley’s reaction should come as no surprise: Maryland’s lawmakers – especially those 89 Delegates who this year voted to hand $200,000 in taxpayer dollars to CASA de Maryland – are quick to support such lawlessness, so groups such as Help Save Maryland, People for Change in Prince George’s County and the Cecil County Patriots are doing the job your elected officials ignore: pointing the finger at those who disregard (and fail to uphold) the law.
On May 22, members of the aforementioned groups, as well as citizens interested in seeing our state laws enforced, will gather in front of CASA de Maryland’s Silver Spring Workers Center to protest not only what they describe as a “Lawless Day Laborer Center,” but also the blatant flouting of this country’s immigration laws by a tax-payer funded organization.
CASA, beneficiaries of millions of dollars from local governments just since 2005, is a government-funded, open borders group that doesn’t shy away from its relationship with those here illegally.
In fact, they boast of helping illegal immigrants skirt the law, and even publish a booklet demonstrating to the undocumented various ways to evade and mislead law enforcement.
In spite of O’Malley’s claim that “this is a uniquely federal issue,” this state’s highest executives (and our legislators) do have the power to stop funding for illegal immigrants and to prevent groups like CASA from assisting in illegal activity.
What they lack is the will to address the problem; especially at the risk of losing the votes of the fastest-growing demographic in America: Hispanics.
This legislature and our governor have signaled loud and clear that they have no issue siding with (and rewarding) those who not only break the law, but also enjoy rubbing it in our faces.
“[It is] time to end the relationship between CASA and our tax dollars,” Help Save Maryland writes in their protest promotional materials, “time to end the careers of federal, state and local politicians who support CASA de Maryland and illegal aliens.”
“There can be no divided allegiance here,” Theodore Roosevelt wrote in the early 1900s. “We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”
For the Maryland General Assembly, loyalty lies in special interests, paybacks and pork.
Which is why the citizens of this state – and groups such as HSM – are quite content to begin “Moving Maryland Forward” on their own.
Join Help Save Maryland, May 22, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, at 734 University Boulevard East (near Piney Branch Road), Silver Spring, MD 20903. Parking will be available near the CASA facility at Hampshire Estates Elementary School, 8720 Carroll Avenue, Silver Spring. The promo notes that Montgomery County Police will be on site.