Help Save Maryland – Phoney Rally at White House; More Lies from CASA & ACLU

Subject: Help Save Maryland – Phoney Rally at White House; More Lies from CASA & ACLU


Yesterday I had the opportunity to watch the contrived rally in front of the White House allegedly to protest Arizona’s much welcomed new immigration law & the meeting between Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and President Obama on immigration issues.

Far from a spontaneous public outburst against AZ, it was instead the usual suspects doing their thing probably on the taxpayers’ nickel. CASA of Maryland led by Kimmie Propeak and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) were 90 percent of the crowd of about 60 people. Both organizations had their trademark tee-shirts on. There was a sprinkling of, dare I say, people who when I got close enough to listen spoke little or no English. Those folks were propped in from the microphones and cameras of the almost totally Hispanic media.

I was pleased to see that there were a good number of counter protesters like myself there from MD and VA, and a few AZ flags! I did 6 radio and TV interviews to present the side of American citizens supporting Arizona and concerned about illegal immigration and the need for enforcement of immigration laws nation-wide. I wish I had a picture of those Hispanic journalists when I answered their loaded questions with the facts, it was priceless.

Best of all was an on camera debate I had with some left wing college students trying to argue for the illegals. The usual weak arguments which we have already answered on the Help Save Maryland website.


With one addition. The students tried to argue that illegal aliens pay their fair share of sales, income and social security taxes. I argued that the illegals, even if they do pay taxes from their jobs (which is a crime to work without a green card and use a false ss number) they do consume more of our taxes in using schools, medical, incarceration, day laborer centers, housing and food assistance and other expenses.

Tourists are much better than illegal aliens I argued as they pay sales, hotel, airport and other taxes while spending their money in our economy. But best of all the tourists go home and don’t use our schools, medical, housing, energy, food and other taxpayer subsidies! What are they teaching our young adults in college these days??

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Arizona’s immigration law matters to Maryland

Baltimore City Council deserves praise for rejecting targeting of immigrants

5:11 PM EDT, June 3, 2010

Maryland has long been a place where we have sought practical solutions to tough questions. These solutions have taken into account not only our shared experiences but also our diverse history. Marylanders are farmers, doctors, factory workers and electricians. Our ancestors hail from all parts of the globe — Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. And whether our families have been here for hundreds of years or arrived more recently, the fact remains almost all of us are the descendants of immigrants.

That Arizona’s recent anti-immigrant law ignores this rich history is precisely what makes it so dangerous, and the Baltimore City Council’s decision to pass a resolution opposing a similar law in Maryland so commendable. In its opposition, the council stands with the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police — the very group that will be responsible for enforcing that law.

The Arizona law gives local police the authority to demand an individual’s "papers" based on an undefined "reasonable suspicion" that the person is "unlawfully present." However, neither the bill nor its proponents have explained how officers will determine merely by looking at an individual whether he or she is "unlawfully present."

Given that persons "unlawfully present" look and act entirely like any American, officers will have no choice but resort to faulty assumptions based on an individual’s attire, hair, accent, jewelry — or most likely, skin color. The law, in effect, serves as an open invitation for racial profiling, a technique Marylanders have rejected as not only demeaning and insulting but also inaccurate and ineffective for promoting public safety.

Unfortunately, the dangers of racial profiling are not limited to just an Arizona copy-cat bill. In fact, a number of similarly dangerous programs have already begun functioning in Maryland.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Department is a participant in the controversial 287(g) program, which grants local police unlimited discretion to stop and detain anyone officers perceive to be unlawfully present. As recently as March, the Department of Homeland Security — the agency responsible for administering the program — concluded that the misguided 287(g) program lacks adequate management and safeguards against racial profiling and other civil rights abuses, even eight years after it was started.

Additionally, four counties in the state — Prince George’s, Frederick, St. Mary’s and Queen Anne’s — have begun participating in the Secure Communities program under which local jails check the immigration status of all arrested individuals. According to a report from the University of California, Berkeley, there has been a rapid rise in the number of minorities stopped and arrested in communities that have enacted similar programs. Irving, Texas, for example, experienced a 223 percent increase in the number of Hispanics arrested for traffic offenses after local officials began collaborating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

When our local police officers are obligated to enforce immigration law, our neighborhoods are made less safe by diverting police resources from catching dangerous criminals and deterring victims and witnesses from working collaboratively with police to report crime. Moreover, our hard-fought American civil rights are jeopardized. Baltimore has taken a strong first step toward ensuring safer neighborhoods and protecting against racial profiling with the passage of this resolution, but much remains to be done.

The bottom line is that while Americans may disagree about how to fix our broken immigration system, there is little disagreement that undermining our core constitutional values and promoting racial profiling, as these programs do, is not the solution.

Ajmel Quereshi is director of the ACLU of Maryland’s Immigrants Rights Project. His e-mail is quereshi. Gustavo Torres is the executive director of CASA de Maryland. His e-mail is gtorres. Contributing to this article were Marvin "Doc" Cheatham, president of the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP, and Lisa O’Reilly, an executive committee member of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Coalition on Immigration.


Imagine that, another border state getting tough on illegals

Written by Jack Kenny
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 14:30
A get tough policy to stem illegal immigration will be a key issue in the governor’s race in New Mexico, where Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez will square off against Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish in the race to succeed two-term Democratic Governor Bill Richardson.

Martinez, a conservative Hispanic woman who favors strict enforcement against illegal immigration, won the Republican primary yesterday, handily defeating her nearest rival, former state party chairman Allen Weh in a five-way race. Denish, the only candidate on the Democratic ballot, will oppose Martinez in the November election, virtually assuring that New Mexico will have its first female governor next year.

Martinez, who is backed by former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has called for a repeal of a law signed by Richardson that enables undocumented workers to obtain drivers’ licenses. She looks favorably on laws like the one recently adopted in Arizona that gives local law enforcement a role in apprehending people who are in the country illegally.

"Susana Martinez supports the right of any state to ensure the security of its citizens, and today, that means dealing directly with immigration and border concerns," according to her campaign manager, Adam Deguire. Her web site highlights her experience as a prosecutor in dealing with border-related crime.

"While other candidates talk about border security, Susana Martinez is the only one with actual experience taking on the issue," it says, claiming her district attorney’s office prosecuted more than 600 cases related to border security each year, including cases against Mexico’s drug cartels.

While Denish opposes repeal of the driver’s license law, she has called for changes to it, including tightening restrictions to prevent fraud. She said she does not support giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

"Based on evidence that suggests the law has not worked as intended, the law needs to change," Denish said in a written statement. "As governor, I would approach the law with a thoughtful discussion that focuses on fact — not ideology, fear, and divisive rhetoric."

"After the Richardson/Denish administration doled out thousands of driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, now gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish is in favor of making ‘changes,’ " Martinez campaign manager Adam Deguire said in a written statement to "Common sense dictated that this law wasn’t smart from the very beginning, yet even now, Denish is against repealing it," he said.

The Denish campaign has tried to put some distance between the lieutenant governor and Richardson, who is prevented by term limits from seeking a third term. Campaign spokesman Chris Cervini told that the two Democrats have different positions on a number of issues, despite Martinez’s efforts to "corral them together every chance she gets."

Responding in April to a question about Arizona’s controversial new law, Denish told it is clear that "our immigration laws are broken and that we must do more to secure our borders, but racial profiling is wrong — plain and simple — and the new Arizona law goes too far." The Arizona law requires police during lawful stops to inquire about immigration status when there is "reasonable suspicion" of illegal entry. The law specifically forbids racial profiling, but critics have claimed the profiling will inevitably result when the law is implemented.

"Here in New Mexico, we value our diversity," Denish said. "It’s ingrained in our culture and it strengthens us as a people. While I do believe we must secure our borders and pass a comprehensive national immigration reform bill, we cannot give government a free pass to racially profile and infringe upon the rights of law-abiding citizens. We’re better than that here in New Mexico."

Comprehensive immigration reform was also an issue in the Republican primary campaign, as Martinez slammed Weh for having supported former President George W. Bush’s proposal for a gust worker program and a "path to citizenship" that would allow people now in the country illegally to become citizens if they meet certain conditions, including paying a fine and learning English. The Obama administration has called for similar legislation and proposals for immigration reform are now before Congress.

In the bitter primary battle, Martinez accused Weh of backing amnesty for illegal immigrants, while Weh ran ads claiming her district attorney’s office had misspent funds. GOP state chairman Harvey Yates backed Martinez, labeling the Weh ads "dishonest" and "inappropriate." A state financial agency had approved all spending and travel reimbursements, he said.

On Tuesday night, Weh, conceded just two hours after polls closed, as early returns showed him running a distant second in the primary to Martinez, who held a 48 to 31 percent lead by the time half the precincts had reported.


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